With performances often described as passionate, vivacious, electrifying, and innovative, Billboard charting recording artist Chelsey Green brings the unmatched tone, richness and vibrancy of violin and viola playing to audiences in a whole new way.
A native of Houston, Texas, Green was born into a family of jazz and funk musicians and started her performance career as a violinist at age 5. Though inundated with music of all genres, she focused on classical music studying both privately and publicly at performing arts schools in the Houston public school system.
Green went on to receive a scholarship for classical viola studies at The University of Texas at Austin where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Green then went on to receive her Master’s Degree in Viola Performance from The Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University and is currently a doctoral candidate at the University of Maryland College Park.
While studying classical masterpieces, Green had a vision to form an ensemble that could utilize live string performance to enhance current popular music, just as it did in the days of Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Michael Jackson and more. In 2010, her dream became reality upon the formation of her ensemble, The Green Project.
Chelsey Green and The Green Project tear down all stereotypes of the violin and viola by fusing traditional classical technique with popular favorites and enticing original songs in various genres– including R&B, Pop, Soul, Funk, Jazz, Alternative, Hip Hop, Gospel and more!
Classically soloing in New York’s prestigious Carnegie Hall at age 16, Chelsey Green and her ensemble, The Green Project have been honored to perform in many highly regarded venues around the world. Green’s varied performance resume includes performances at the Late Show with David Letterman, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, NAACP National Convention, Saint Lucia Jazz Festival, White House Correspondents’ Dinner Reception, BET Honors Dinner, Essence Music Festival, Macy’s Herald Square, Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, Lake Arbor Jazz Festival, The Howard Theatre, The Music Center at Strathmore, Blues Alley, Bobby Jones Gospel, The John F. Kennedy Center and more!
"..classical meets contemporary, blurring the line between jazz and R&B."
-Marcus J. Moore, Washington City Paper
Miss Green has also been honored to share the stage with international artists including Stevie Wonder, Maysa, Chrisette Michele, Jeff Bradshaw, Frank McComb, Ruben Studdard, J.Cole and Questlove and Black Thought of The Roots and more!
Chelsey Green has also had the privilege of being interviewed on several radio and television stations including WHFC 91.1 Baltimore, WAMU 88.5 (NPR – Washington, DC), WTTG FOX 5 (Washington, DC) Morning News, WEAA 88.9 Baltimore and many more.
The Green Project released their debut CD, “Still Green: The EP” in April 2012 to rave reviews! Their most recent album, The Green Room, their highly anticipated second release and first full length album debuted on the Billboard Contemporary Jazz Album Chart at #22 and #7 on the iTunes Jazz Albums chart!
Aside from her own projects, Chelsey has a multi-faceted discography including recordings in varied genres with artists such as Crystal Waters (EDM/house), Maysa Leak (R&B/soul), Paul Carr (jazz), Ted Garber (americana), Anthony Walker (gospel jazz), Tyler Sherman (jazz/classical contemporary), Maimouna Youssef (R&B/soul), Lori Williams (jazz), Macheeste (contemporary gospel), Carolyn Malachi (urban contemporary), Femi The DriFish (hip hop/spoken word), The Sweater Set (folk traditional), Aaron Hardin (jazz) and more.
Dedicated to educating our youth, Chelsey Green and The Green Project spend time devoted to the community by providing a wide range of educational music workshops to city and county schools, after school programs, educational groups and more. Committed to spreading the love of live music to younger generations, Chelsey Green and The Green Project work with students from all backgrounds and expose them to the possibilities of what music can be.
Chelsey Green is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity for Women, Incorporated, American Federation of Musicians and serves as Secretary on the Executive Committee of The Recording Academy – Washington, D.C. Chapter.