Nepotism or rightly earned respect? Thus is the universal debate that arises anytime we see the son or daughter of a celebrated celebrity try to branch out on their own. It's only a natural cynicism. Let's face it, when daddy is Bob Dylan, doors seem to open easier than if pop is an electrician or mom is a mail courier. Makes us question if Robin Thicke or any of Will Smith's kids have any real talent, and if those annoying "I'm in Miami, Bitch," T-shirts would even exist if LMFAO's Redfoo wasn't the son of Motown mogul Berry Gordy.
We can't blame any of these celebrity kids, what else are you going to do if ma and pop are big shots in the biz? You certainly can't go be a waiter at Denny's. There have been some that have earned the respect of fans and critics in their own right, look at jazz pop vocalist Norah Jones (daughter of sitar guru Ravi Shankar) and Jeff Buckley (son to folk singer Tim Buckley) for example.
So, it's perfectly fine to be a little skeptical about Chelsea Tyler's new duo Badbad. The youngest daughter of Aerosmith's iconic frontman Steven Tyler's, this gorgeous chanteuse, who shares dad's amble, voluminous, there-has-to-be-silicone-in-there-but-there-isn't lips, began her career as a model, and in the past few years made the transition to musician.
Model-turned-singer shtick is always a big red flag. And in this bluesy-with-hints-of-electro act, the up-and-coming pinup half-sister of Liv teams up with her boyfriend Jon Foster -- who also happens to be an actor (he starred with Jenna Elfman in the CBS sitcom Accidentally on Purpose).
Hard lined cynics might say the band already has two strikes against them. Truth be told, casting preconceived notions about Badbad simply because of Tyler's looks and lineage would be a disservice. From the few songs the group has released, (OK there are only two so far on the group's Soundcloud), Tyler proves she has decent, sultry chops. She possesses the come-hither sex appeal in her verses of a Lana Del Ray and the alluring jazz blues inflections of a young Amy Winehouse -- you know, when the notable deceased singer was first starting out.
The group flips Nina Simone's "Sinnerman" on its head converting it into a breathy dance floor-ready dinger. Its first single "Someone New," is an immediate, infectious R&B number that could be the next "Summertime Sadness."
You can judge for yourself by listening below, and hearing Badbad in person. Tyler and her beau stop at new Fort Lauderdale haunt Stache this Saturday.
Badbad. 11 p.m., Saturday, December 7, at Stache, 109 SW Second Ave., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are $15. Visit barstache.com.