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Tour Diaries: Chelsea Cutler at Hammerstein Ballroom

Following her debut studio album, How to Be Human, Chelsea Cutler made a stop in New York City for her "When I Close My Eyes" North American Tour.

Following her debut studio album, How to Be Human, Chelsea Cutler made a stop in New York City for her "When I Close My Eyes" North American Tour. Despite her humble and chill demeanor, Chelsea Cutler can be best described as a disruptive force. While she was in high school, the singer, songwriter, and producer from Westport, Connecticut began recording covers and posting them on SoundCloud. Her unique attention to detail and the relatable factor of her songwriting would quickly make her stand o
Photography: Cristi Name (IG: @cristigtzname)

Despite her humble and chill demeanor, Chelsea Cutler can be best described as a disruptive force. While she was in high school, the singer, songwriter, and producer from Westport, Connecticut began recording covers and posting them on SoundCloud. Her unique attention to detail and the relatable factor of her songwriting would quickly make her stand out.


In 2017, Chelsea was writing songs from her dorm room at Amherst College in Massachusetts. She played soccer there while continuing to create music that got her closer to the artist she wanted to be. But once Quinn XCII offered her the opportunity to join his national tour in 2018, it was a no brainer. Chelsea dropped out of college to pursue music, and the journey has paid off in more ways than one.


Now, a few years later, Chelsea Cutler has become a name familiar to many. She continues to project her same kind and positive energy, but now to millions of people across the world. The 24-year-old singer currently has more than seven million monthly listeners on Spotify, and has reached a peak so far of 23 on the Billboard 200 album list.


But after attending her concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom, it's clear that Chelsea cares less about numbers and more about people. Throughout the night, her set included a series of messages in between songs: encouraging words from the singer to make sure everyone who was in the room felt welcome.


"It doesn't matter who you are or what brought you here. You are accepted. You are loved. You matter," she shouted to a crowd of thousands.