Meet us in Chelsea for the 2023 Chelsea West Fest Music & Makes on October 7, 2023, from Noon - 6:00PM. Chelsea West Fest, hosted by and benefiting Hope House Foundation, is FREE and open to the public! It will be a full day celebrating local crafters, talented local musicians, local beers and brews, and the unique eateries just steps away from the festival.
Music lineup: NOON-1 PM – Akeylah Simone – An eclectic set of rock, hip hop, R&B, pop & jazz 1:30-2:30 PM – Billy Joe Daniel Band Billy Joe Daniel - Blues, soul, & good ol’ rock & roll 3:00-4:00 PM – Allegra Duchaine – Pop rock 4:30-6:00 PM – Suburban Key Party - High energy alternative
Akeylah Simone, from Hampton Roads, VA is just getting her feet wet as a singer, songwriter, and now recording artist. In just her first two years of releasing original music, she’s landed 4 songs on the Grammy Ballot and voted Encore’s 2021 Best Solo Artist. She was most recently voted ISSA’s 2022 Female Rising Star. She’s also had numerous nominations across various publications including Best New Artist (Soul Tracks Reader’s Choice Awards,) and Song of the Year & Best R&B/ Soul (Veer Awards.) While she has been singing and performing since her first time on stage at an elementary school talent contest, and frequenting many stages with her dad, Bobby Blackhat, over the past 10 years… she has spent this past year focusing on performing her own original music all over including festivals, award shows, clubs and private events.
Her love for music is deeply rooted in her upbringing. Raised by two musicians, Akeylah, developed a passion for singing and music exploration early on. She always knew she would be a performer and that she would pursue a life on stage. She was so certain by age 7, she was practicing her Bruce Hornsby set in her room every night--just to be ready. She is sure to get up on stage with her dad, Bobby Blackhat as often possible. She has also been featured on a few of his albums singing back-up vocals, solos and even her own cover of “Fever” with her younger sister.
Music has always been her outlet for dealing with all things “life,” and that inspired her to create a series of “Therapy Sessions.” These consisted of hours of creating, singing, and sharing her best moments with her family and friends through social media. The feedback and encouragement motivated Akeylah to revisit some of her original work. She has now released her seventh single and a five song, self titled EP. She has opened up her personal journey to the world and her vocals will surely let you know where she’s headed.