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Stress Dolls is the moniker of singer/song-writer Chelsea O'Donnell, an alt/pop/rock artist from Buffalo, NY. O'Donnell began playing around Western New York in 2013, initially calling herself Wolf and eventually forming a band. After releasing one EP, the group went through a few different line-ups and, in time, changed their name to Stress Dolls. 


Due to differing pursuits the band split in early 2017, but O'Donnell decided to keep playing under the name Stress Dolls. In hopes of furthering her career, she moved to Nashville, TN but was only there 6 months before chronic health issues sent her to the hospital to undergo a feeding tube procedure. Following the surgery she moved back to Buffalo, and after a period of recovery, began writing, performing, and recording again.


It was during this period that O’Donnell wrote "Body." The song is a reflection of O’Donnell’s complicated relationship with her body in the face of ongoing health concerns. According to O’Donnell, “I'm working on not pitting blame, or shame, on my body anymore, and through that practice I've realized that, really, the body is amazing. Mine withstood all of that anger, angst, stress, and physical anguish, and with some help, it found ways to heal. I'm learning to be a friend to my body instead of an opponent, and that's making all the difference.”


From 2019 to 2021 O'Donnell independently recorded and released new music, and in early 2022 she was invited to work with Jim Wirt (Fiona Apple, Jack's Mannequin, Something Corporate, Incubus) at Superior Sound Studios in Cleveland, OH. After recording several songs together, including her latest single, "Body," she was offered a record deal with Sun Pedal Recordings.

Stream the brand new single, "Body", here.

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Stress Dolls
Catalog #: SPDL6-012

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