2011 Nicholson Award
Chelsea Donoghue's work:
Recently I've been working with a young artist called 'Ruel' as his vocal coach, backing singer and music arranger. Throughout the course of 2016 & 2017, we were flown to a number of cities in America and Europe to showcase Ruel's music for various major record labels. At the end of last year, we secured a deal with RCA Records in New York under highly acclaimed A&R Tunji Balogun who also looks after artists such as Childish Gambino, Khalid, SZA to name a few.
Since the deal was signed, we have been very busy touring the world playing shows from Japan, to Los Angeles to New Zealand. It has been a very exciting time in my life, and it's pretty special and sentimental to think that I still wear the in ear monitors Paula Nicholson from BAF sponsored to me in 2011 wherever I go. Performing night after night with little rest time can be very taxing on your voice and general health if you don't have the necessary equipment that allows you to hear yourself properly on stage. I've been fortunate enough to use Shure in ear monitors for shows since I was 17, which means I don't struggle to hear myself over a 5 piece band, therefore never strain my voice.
It's wonderful that foundations like BAF exist to support young up and coming musicians. Musical equipment can be so expensive, and for musicians who are just starting out it can be so overwhelming to think of all the different bits and pieces you need just to be able to perform your craft. I will always be grateful for the support BAF showed me at the start of my career. Thanks guys!
Chelsea Donoghue | Vocal Coach