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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)

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:

Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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