Chelsea Dasso’s experience with music has been an integral and vital part of her life, beginning at age 6 and continuing through her early twenties. This past year at the age of 21, Chelsea Dasso self-released a self-titled 11 track album. After playing piano for years, she began writing her own music during her junior year of high school. Her writing became a way for her to process her experiences and express her feelings in a creative way. Her songs immediately drew an audience and as a student at Whitworth University in Spokane, Washington Dasso had the opportunity to share her music with the student community. As a result she won two Whitworth Unplugged music competitions, and was featured on a compilation album of local artists recorded by Perfechter Studios. Dasso used these positive encouragements to motivate her to reach a wider audience. She began to play live shows at a number of different music venues in Spokane. Dasso has sold over one hundred CD’s and is continuing to pursue an audience in the Spokane community.
Dasso musical success is largely due to how relatable her lyrics are for her listeners. Her ability to express emotion through piano and vocal melodies along with meaningful lyrics exhibit an artistic maturity as she grasps a vast array of human experience. A review published in The Pacific Northwest Inlander in February 11, 2010 stated “Dasso’s work is stark and hauntingly honest.”
Dasso’s purpose as a musician comes from her passion for life and the people in her life. “I think people can identify with the way I have felt in the different life circumstances I have faced.” Dasso also says that sharing her music with others, “is one of the most vulnerable and scary places I can be and it’s an exhilarating feeling, but it feels good to be able to share that part of me with someone else, even if only one person in the room is listening.”
Currently finishing a degree in Sociology at Whitworth University, Dasso is simultaneously working to further her music career. Performing at local venues and periodically collaborating with other local artists and planning on doing more recording, ultimately she says “I just want to be heard”. With a distinct style and perceptive, soulful lyrics, she is worth listening to.