Chelsea Mayo of Farmers Branch has never been to New York City before. And that’s not her only first this weekend: she’s never been on a plane either.
The 18-year-old R. L. Turner High School grad heads to Broadway this weekend as one of three finalists for the Musical Theater Songwriting Challenge hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts. There, she’ll workshop her original song, “Say Goodbye,” with professional musicians.
Mayo wrote the music and lyrics for “Say Goodbye,” but it isn’t the first song she’s written. She grew up playing violin and taught herself guitar and piano. She’s written songs for church and for herself, but she found it hard to express her passion, especially when everyone around her was skeptical.