"Your daughter is playing music I didn't teach her. You should probably put her in piano lessons."
At the age of five, Chloe Youtsey (pronounced, "Yahtzee") had picked out basic children's tunes on her family's upright piano, transferring them over to xylophones within earshot of her preschool teacher. For the next ten years, she received piano lessons on and off from various teachers in Virginia, Germany, Turkey, and Japan.
Growing up in an Air Force military home meant frequent moves and many years of informal training. Nevertheless, she was always at the piano. While living in Turkey, she took to composing her first song, accompanying herself and challenging her ear further. By the time she settled back in the US after eight years of consecutive assignments overseas, it was her junior year of high school. Grafton High (Yorktown, Virginia) offered well-rounded theater and music departments, offering her my first opportunity for performances in musical theater, marching band, and jazz band.
By the end of her senior year of high school, jazz had become her biggest ear worm. Until then, she had never heard of Chick Corea, Count Basie, Chet Baker, or Miles Davis, and the list goes on.
Two days before her first day of college, she was surprised to discover her new school accepted its first vocalist into the instrumental oriented jazz studies program the year prior. Without being yet accepted into the music college, she crossed her fingers and decided to pursue a jazz vocal degree.
In May 2017, she graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor's of Music in Jazz Studies and Performance for voice, under the close guidance of jazz faculty Bob Hallahan, Chuck Dotas, while receiving complementing classical vocal training under mezzo-soprano Carrie Stevens.
Shortly after moving to Austin, in May 2018 she attended Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead residency among 23 international musicians, under the guidance of Jason Moran (p.), Ralph Peterson (dr.), DeeDee Bridgwater (voice), Reuben Rogers (bass), Mark Shim (sax), Mark Whitfield (guit.), Xavier Davis (p.), and Darren Barrett (trump.). The two-week program culminated in three nights of performances at the Kennedy Center performing the resident artists' original work.
Chloe is currently based out of Austin, Texas. Her and her husband are eagerly expecting a little girl in October of 2019. She actively composes, teaches, provides studio vocals, performs, or directs children's musicals.
Chloe's debut studio album is to be released at the end of 2019, in collaboration with Takeoff Terminal Studios and studio engineer-producer, Jake Rodriguez. An original work featuring local Austin musicians, this soul, jazz, and R&B influenced project is a tribute to her new arrival, and the beginning of more to come.