Chelsea Erin Wright
Herbalist + Wellness Educator | Photojournalist | Leather + Silversmith
Chelsea Erin Wright is a Vermont native, having been born at home in Essex (1989) just around the corner from the largest city in the state, Burlington. Chelsea is an avid photographer and writer, as well as a silversmith, leatherworker & herbalist in the making. Since 2007, she has been studying & actively pursuing her passions of photography & writing, creating a solid foundation – built with ten years of knowledge and experience.
Her introduction to live music photography came in 2010, after her first time attending a show-Lucid from Plattsburgh, NY-which had a long-lasting impact on her. This inspired her to dive more deeply into the scene, to experience live music on a consistent basis. Shortly after was when she began photographing Vermont’s very own & now well-known funky, reggae-rock jam band, Twiddle.
Chelsea’s passion and drive have led her forward with great momentum. She successfully sought out shows to photograph that moved her, such as: Matisyahu, Stephen Marley, Railroad Earth, SOJA, and many others. She began shooting summer Music & Art festivals in 2012, including: The Frendly Gathering, Tumbledown, DelFest, Wanderlust: Stratton, VT, Backwoods Pondfest, & more. Her coverage has reached up to 150+ shows in the New York, Burlington and surrounding areas, ranging from: Lotus, Moon Hooch, The New Mastersounds, Nahko & Medicine For The People and Trevor Hall, to The String Cheese Incident,
Yonder Mountain String Band, Lettuce, Keller Williams, Marco Benevento and many others. She has incorporated her writing skills into her coverage in the form of previews, reviews & interviews, supporting the exposure of talented musicians to the online community via grass-roots volunteer work for UpState Live & NYSMusic – two of New York’s most popular entertainment websites. She published for Live Gig Shots for three years, having joined their team in 2015 as creator & head photographer/writer of the ‘New England: Eastern Exposure’ coverage. She brought the Eastern exposure into Chicago’s periphery. This provided to the live entertainment world, a broader range of musical stories & experiences from the East Coast music scene.
Her favorite bands currently, are Nahko & Medicine For The People, Trevor Hall, Moon Hooch, Hiatus Kaiyote and a few of Burlington VT’s local acts: Cole Davidson, Barika, Sabouyouma, Revibe & Mal Maiz. When asked about her interest in music/musical taste, she shared:
“I enjoy music more than most anything…it’s what has helped me through the hardest times in my experience, and has guided me along my path…it gives me vision, and directs me when I am in need. I’ve always preferred Jazz and Reggae…older stuff, like Weather Report, The Talking Heads, Louis Armstrong and Third World. As far as local sound on my radar, I’d highly recommend checking out Cole Davidson. I have no doubt that he’ll be showing up more
frequently around New England soon – the short-lived band that he created, Navytrain, was noticed very quickly by Mihali of Twiddle, who invited them as special guests to open for his ‘Mihali & Frends’ show featuring members of Trey Anastasio Band, Cabinet, Kung Fu & Twiddle. I watched them grow from their very first live show, until their last gig and was highly impressed with their sound, message and skills; they released their very first E.P. ‘Souls’, only 3 months in to playing live as a band, and booked their first gig at Higher Ground a few weeks later. I look forward to watching Davidson continue to succeed now that he’s more firmly on his path as a solo musician. My view on music, is that the most memorable and impactful messages are stories of truth…inspiring music which spreads enlightenment and light are my primary focus’ for inspiration. I love bands that show that they truly care about their fans and the impact that their energy has on the progression of the music. Musicians like Nahko & Medicine For The People, Trevor Hall and Cole Davidson are creating a movement with their messages, that truly is providing musical medicine-it seems to me that the community that is created as a product of this music, is supported greatly by the interpersonal relationships that these musicians create with their fans & that’s a beautiful, meaningful relation to experience”
You can find her personal photography & writing work within the photo galleries tab & ‘CWrights Path’ here, as well as on social media: