British-born singer songwriter Charleesa opens the heart and mind through mellifluous melodies and intimate lyrics that she delivers with the passionate sincerity of a crusader, and the sensitivity of a healer. She desires to inspire people with her current repertoire which is written with an optimistic outlook; these songs are as elevating as they are evocative.
‘We humans, are different yet all from the same source.
We feel, we dream and we want to be happy.’
Charleesa often composes in the moment using her instrument, her voice; singing to express thought, feeling & observation. When songs flow from her she's in a peaceful yet powerful place, where lyrics both lead and follow the melody she feels; words and sound created in the same time. She records with her Boss BR600 and documents the lyrics, in the studio she directs the music creations; sharing inspirations with musicians and producers. She explains audio elements she wants to include and uses a design book of images showing stage wear, colour schemes & notations to depict a visual idea of how the music should capture and convey the essence of a theme.
A musical family history and her own passion for singing, writing lyrics & performance; meant that she discovered her vocal abilities at a young age. Singing was part of home-life, she was raised on music, and was encouraged to take to the stage whenever the opportunity arose. Starting an all girl band at school with friends, she entertained classmates with a duet of her first poetic lyrical melody at aged 14. Continuing to sing at various venues, she started writing captivating songs with meaningful messages; embracing an abundance of creative freedom she experienced from her lifestyle and surroundings. Singing acapella, she sent rooms into a level of silence which at first was both astounding and intimidating to her but the positive reactions she received encouraged her to introduce her original material; enchanting the audience with her voice and distinct personality.
Studio recordings sessions began in 2013 and when a friend called from the Himalaya’s to say that they had reached the top of the mountain whilst playing her song ‘Keep Climbing’ it offered a new insight into how her music could affect listeners. That was the moment she decided to make the debut album a collection of her most motivating compositions; her passion now going beyond a need for expression to becoming her true purpose. ‘Music gives me so much and mine is my gift to give’.
Travelling with her music, Charleesa has created and performed her songs internationally commencing in England, then moving through Asia & into Europe. She was a singer of a band, interviewed by a magazine in Nepal, played at renowned markets and hosted her own weekly live session evenings in India. She showcased her acoustically recorded set at a secret cellar bar in South England supporting local artists and featured on an underground radio show in 2016. She relocated in Vienna where she started recording her album and playing local venues including Eden Bar & Tunnel Live. Her songs have been played on various online radio stations including Austria’s KronehitYAM, KronehitLOVE and America's Women Of Substance Radio & A.V.A Live Radio who interviewed her about her musical process. The musical journey sent her flying to Ibiza in 2018 and to Valencia where she performed at Radio City during the CDbaby DIY Musician Conference 2019. She performs solo using studio engineered soundtracks for shows or with accompanists at larger events.
Charleesa's eclectic influences range from pop divas such as Madonna, Kate Bush & Nina Simone to iconic bands such as The Beatles & Pink Floyd; though soul, funk, motown, mantra’s & ambient spiritual music are all creatively formative genres. Some of her favourite artists currently also include Billie Eilish, Hozier, Florence Welch, Twenty One Pilots & Lamb.
What is her style then? you ask, ‘diverse and unrestricted’ is her answer; followed by ‘no boxes please!’
She describes her vibration at present as positive and full of sunshine. Although she’s making power pop with ethereal elements; she loves to experiment and has made various versions of her songs in different styles including acoustic, gypsy jazz & Spanish/reggae styles. Some of her tracks are intended to make you contemplate life, love & consciousness; some take you on a roller coaster of emotion. Riding the audio waves, her vocals swim amongst beats, electronic samples & harmonies; all this whilst fusing her sound with different genres which also enables her to reach a wider audience with her influential music.
A version of the summery single ‘In Sunland’ was released in May 2017 going straight into the iTunes charts. Written on a Goan beach, the songs catchy lyrics and groovy vibe will transport you to any sunny spot on the globe in your mind. This version is now only available to hear on Soundcloud & in a live rendition video on YouTube.
‘Things to smile about’ a second single version was released in July 2018, it’s a happy song that reminds us to stop and think about all the good things there are in life which keep us laughing. Whatever the weather we can get out our umbrellas and shelter from the rain until we can dance in the streets again.
A third single version of Powerhouse was released in December 2018 along with an Official Lyric Video on YouTube. This empowering song, has strengthening lyrics & soulfully delivered vocals all syncronised with retro 70’s funky disco style vibes. This one will really get your groove on!
“A beautifully talented singer! I have been blessed to listen to her beautiful voice. Continue making your dreams come true and letting everyone get a taste of your voice which is hands down one of the best. The love you share with us through your music in your beautiful humble way is so very much appreciated, the world will be lucky to experience your sound the way that I have. Keep shining dear SiStar”
— Amanda Baldwin
“Charleesa performance is a dynamic experience, she conveys each message with determined strength & dance moves; her deliverance as compelling as the song itself!”