Illinois-native singer Chel is no stranger to the pressures of show business. As an up-and-comer trying to break into the music scene, Chel would often be told that she wasn’t the right type for success. Either she didn’t have the right look or her body was too big; whatever the reason, rejections were based on how well she fit into an aesthetic mold rather than her actual talents.
Never caving to the shallowness, Chel uses her experiences as subjects for her music. She uses songwriting as a medium to express her dissatisfaction with the status quo of beauty and the role of women. Her musical inspirations reflect her outlook. She loves Elton John, Freddie Mercury, Lizzo and Adele. All of these artists, like Chel, have been criticized for how they look, being told they are too big or flamboyant. But who has the last laugh?
The body-positive singer’s efforts have been rewarded. Chel has multiple impressive singles attached to her name including “Nasty Woman” and “View from Down There.” These songs, along with the rest of her discography, tackle feminism, body positivity, and now with her latest single, mental health.
“Go Home” speaks to the importance of having a strong community and what it means to be a good friend. In a press release, Chel says “I’ve realized over time that the energy you surround yourself with has a direct impact on how you feel. It has become increasingly important for me to make sure the people in my life bring me joy and love. I know we are not all happy all the time and that is part of being a friend but if the energy is bad all the time, you should probably go home.”
The newest single is an ode to self-love and self-respect. With a strong message, “Go Home” is sure to be a hit and fits snuggly within Chel’s growing discography of activist music.
Listen to “Go Home” on Spotify.
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