Meet Chelsea Crowell, Talented Musician and Advocate for Female Voters
By talesofordinarymagic on October 03, 2012
WoW | Woman of the Week
Although a pivotal election is just around the corner, tens of thousands of women won’t vote this year. While much of this has to do with sincere apathy for our tired red vs. blue system polarizing the country, others physically can’t vote because life circumstances are simply too compromising.
Meanwhile as the ignorant chatter amongst individuals not anatomically equipped to comment on matters pertaining to women increased, and the tiny representation of women standing up for the female half of the population was banned from the Senate Floor, Chelsea Crowell decided it was time to do something.
A talented writer and musician with two recorded albums, Chelsea is accustomed to having her voice heard. But like all women – who are paying attention- she knows that her voice is going to need to be a lot louder for anyone in Washington to hear. Challenging the status quo as her influential grandfather once did with his music generations before, Chelsea created E.V.E.R. or Every Voter Equal Rights (site currently under construction) as a massive mobilization initiative to assist the thousands of women who otherwise would be disfranchised.
While having a photo ID and a car may seem basic to most, there are still many women who won’t be able to register to vote based on these obstacles. E.V.E.R. is drawing a coalition of caring and able women together to overcome these barriers so come Election Day they, too, will have a voice. A Nashville native, Chelsea is leading this non-partisan charge in Tennessee on October 3rd starting at the YWCA, but encourages other women to follow her lead in their respective communities as well.
A third generation song writer, Chelsea Crowell is walking the soulful line of the legendary, musical family that has come before her; as a activist she’s carrying the baton of the women who battled for nearly one hundred years to ratify the 19th Amendment, and as a woman, she’s giving a voice the thousands of other women who’ve been silenced by poverty, abuse or immobilization. Now that’s WoW!
Name: Chelsea Crowell
Occupation: Musician, Writer, Singer
Hometown: Nashville, Tn
Current city of residence: Nashville, Tn
Ordinary Magic: If you were at a cocktail party and were asked to explain what you do in three sentences or less, what would you say?
CC: Depends on if anyone knew me. If not… I’d say I’m a writer
because saying you are a musician in Nashville is like saying you are an actress in L.A.
Ordinary Magic: What inspired you to head in that direction?
CC: No inspiration needed, I just started doing it cause it felt right and never questioned it. It did however require a lot of inspiration to keep doing it. Usually in the form of some reminder of how important it is to do what you feel you are meant to do and also how important music is in general.
Ordinary Magic: What is your accomplishment that you are most proud of to date?
CC: That even though I’ve back peddled, I’ve never given up on something. I see things through no matter how long it takes or how hard it is.
Ordinary Magic: What has the biggest turning point been in your life so far?
CC: Realizing that my only restrictions come from myself and how lucky I am for that to be the case.
Ordinary Magic: What is your greatest passion?
CC: Music, horses, travel, writing, taking pictures, my friends and family.
Ordinary Magic: What words of wisdom would you give your twenty-year old self?
CC: ”The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return” and to be kind to yourself.
Ordinary Magic: What was the last book you read?
CC: The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, by Carson McCullers
CC: On the road, with a band I love, playing music.
Ordinary Magic: What do you have gratitude for in this moment?
CC: The fact that it’s a possibility for me to do what I want to be doing.
Ordinary Magic: Do you have a Life Motto?
CC: Sick shows, tight dudes, shreddy guitar solos, equal human rights, love even if you want to hate, help anyone you can, realize when someone can’t be helped, ask, don’t tell and “the greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return” ( from the song Nature Boy).
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