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Street busker Chelsea Williams breaks out with 'Billionaire' in new Chevy commercial

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Chelsea Williams plays in Santa Monica, Sunday, April 4, 2010.

Have you watched TV recently? Well, then chances are high you may have noticed Miss Chelsea Williams, a singer featured in a new Chevrolet Cruze commercial singing the Travie McCoy/Bruno Mars song "Billionaire."

Turns out that she's an L.A. local, making her living for years playing on the streets at places like Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade and Universal CityWalk. She's managed to sell 75,000 CDs on her own through her less than traditional methods, after finding that she sold more and grew her fanbase more on the streets than in coffee houses or in clubs. She's performed four days a week around L.A. for years.

She's gotten attention from musicians and Hollywood stars; Crosby, Stills and Nash even sent her flowers when they saw her cover of "Helplessly Hoping" on YouTube.

Her songs have also started showing up on various television shows, and with the new commercial, she's getting some more featured face time. She also plays with a group, the Salty Suites.

Chelsea talks about the behind the scenes story of the commercial, whose storyline parallels her actual life busking and trying to make it. Sorry to break the hearts of those who've come to love watching her playing on the street, but she talks about how she prefers playing inside for people who actually came out to see her play rather than wandering by:

A number of fans have stopped to watch and shoot video of Williams playing before putting it up online. Watch more of her covers below:

She also has her own originals:

Find out more about Chelsea Williams on her official website.

(Photo via YouTube)

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