Chelsea Amber nominated for Juno Award
Chelsea Amber Nisbett is waiting anxiously to find out whether she will earn a prestigious Canadian national music award for her third album.
The singer/songwriter — daughter of Bermudian Thomas WL Nisbett and the granddaughter of Anglican Church Canon Thomas Nisbett — this week found out that she has been nominated for a Juno, known affectionately as the Canadian Grammys.
What’s more, the album — Introducing Chelsea Amber — has also been nominated for two further awards at the regional East Coast Music Awards in Canada.
The album stands to earn Best Contemporary Christian/Gospel Album of the Year at both award ceremonies, and Best R&B Soul Recording of the Year for the East Coast Music Awards.
The 28-year-old said she was thrilled to have got this far and believes that she can put much of its success down to plenty of hard work and collaborations with talented producers.
These include Grammy nominated Paul Coleman who co-wrote the album.
Ms Nisbett said: “When I found out I’d been nominated, I jumped and danced around the house — I was really excited. I even posted a little video of myself online.
“I know that this album took a lot more work.
“There was a lot of discussion between myself and the producers in terms of bringing my vision to life.
“I was very fortunate to work with some great producers.
“Paul certainly was a huge part in helping me bring a better product. He was a key element.
“I also worked alongside Tedd T in Nashville and another producer called Adrian Bradford in LA.
“The last person is Jason Mingo and he produced the acoustic bonus track on the album.
“They helped translate my ideas into something I can be proud of.”
Ms Nisbett co-wrote all of the songs on the album which she describes as a mix between pop and soul music.
She says that her music has a message and while it is informed by her Christian beliefs, it has been tailored for all to enjoy.
“When I create music and put on a concert, my message is to let people know that their life matters. That is my main goal through my music and that message does come from my faith but at the same time I try to package it in a way so that people who have not grown up in the church can still relate to it and claim the message as their own.”
Ms Nisbett will find out whether she has won the award at a ceremony on March 15.