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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 07/01/2011

McLean singer Chelsea Lee still on star trajectory

Chelsea Lee performs at Jammin Java in Vienna accompanied by Spencer Ernst ( left) and Max Ernst . (Rebecca Drobis - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST)
It’s not quite clear why McLean’s Chelsea Lee, the talented singer-songwriter who started playing major gigs at 16 and had a deal with Atlantic Records at 18, isn’t a star yet. Maybe it’s because, as legendary producer Val Garay told Buzz McClain in The Post Sunday, she just hasn’t written that one great song yet.

But the Langley High School graduate isn’t washed up at 19. She’s opening for Rosanne Cash at the Birchmere Saturday, and she seems to be building up a sizable audience online, even as Atlantic sits on her debut album, “Snowmageddon,” recorded last year. (Who in this area wouldn’t buy a record with that title, right?)

Lee has a classic pop female voice that seems ready to snare the fans of Colbie Caillat or Katy Perry any day now and start dominating these “chick radio” formats like those on 94.7 and 107.3, singing songs with titles like “Be Careful With My Heart” and “18 and Alive.” Nothing too rocking. She’s managed by Jammin’ Java’s Daniel Brindley, she’s got the ear of Val Garay (who produced Linda Ronstadt, Elton John and James Taylor), this just seems like it’s gonna happen as soon as she writes that one hook that we can’t get out of our heads.

In the meantime, read Buzz’s story and watch one of her videos:

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Categories:  McLean, Music | Tags:  Chelsea Lee, Virginia

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