In the Tri-State area, church is a big part of life. A big part of worship is music and New Tazewell native Chelsea Estes has made it her goal in life to bring gospel music and the word of God to people everywhere.
Estes uses gospel music to spread religion and God’s love. She has been singing at Midway Baptist Church since she was very young. When she was 13 she was part of the Tri-State Youth Choir, which is where she was first told that she had a gift.
“I got a solo at that age and I remember thinking that I guess I’m pretty good at this. I just love to sing and there’s nothing that brings me more happiness or joy than singing,” said Estes. “This is my dream and I wouldn’t want to sing anything other than gospel because God gave me this gift and I want to share His message.”
For those that have big dreams, Estes suggests to keep pushing and keep trying. As for those that want to ‘make it’ in the music world, she believes there is no venue too small to start with.
“With gospel music, you can feel the Holy Spirit in just the right song. You can’t do that with country music or pop music. You might enjoy singing a song, but He’s just not there. It’s a totally different experience all together,” said Estes.
She released her first CD, “Who Will Stand For God,” just over a month ago and has plans to release a single “I wouldn’t be caught dead without Jesus” with a company out of Nashville, Tennessee. Her music is available from major retailers online.
Steve Gulley, a name most in the Tri-State area know, was behind the production of her album, she said. Gulley’s musical talent is well-known across the country and internationally.
“He was the only way I was able to do something like this,” Estes said. “He is a wonderful guy and has taught me a lot.”
After graduating from Claiborne County High School in 2007, Estes received an Associate’s Degree in nursing from Walters State Community College. She continued her education at King University where she received a Bachelor Of Science degree in nursing.
She currently works for the Tennessee Department of Health as a nursing home inspector.
She has been married to her high school sweetheart, Josh Estes, for four years and they continue to live in New Tazewell. In her spare time she enjoys shopping and being outdoors.
More information about Estes can be found on her Facebook page or website at www.chelseaestes.com. She is available to sing at church events, services and personal events and can be reached via email at [email protected]
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