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.’
She 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 her design book containing images showing 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 and she was raised on music, her beloved Mother was her greatest supporter always boosting her confidence to take to the stage whenever the opportunity arose. She formed an all girl band at school with friends and entertained classmates with a duet of her first poetic lyrical melody at aged 14. Continuing to sing at various venues, she started making 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 England 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 jazzy 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 is also my gift to give, my soul mission to undertake’.
She was a singer in a band, interviewed by a magazine in Nepal, played at renowned markets and cafes & hosted her own weekly live session evenings in India. She collaborated with musicians in England and India to bring a new dimension to her songs and recorded them which she showcased as her acoustically set supporting local artists at a secret cellar bar in South England. She was featured on one of Brightons underground radio show in 2016 performing her songs and talking about her explorations within her own sound.
After relocating to Vienna where she started recording singles of her songs in a new style and playing local venues including Eden Bar & Tunnel Live; they were also 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 the renowned Radio City during the DIY Musician Conference 2019.
Charleesa’s eclectic influences range from pop divas such as Madonna, Kate Bush & Nina Simone to iconic bands such as The Beatles & Pink Floyd. Some of her favourite include Billie Eilish, Hozier, Florence Welch, Twenty One Pilots, Lamb, Faithless & Ellie Goulding while soul, funk & motown, mantra’s & ambient spiritual music are all creatively formative genres.
What is her style then? you ask, ‘diverse and unrestricted’ is her answer; followed by ‘no boxes please!’
Describing her music as full of positive affirmations drenched in sunshine and self classified as alternative power pop with ethereal elements; Charleesa just loves to experiment and has made various versions of her songs in different styles including acoustic, gypsy jazz, Spanish & reggae.
Her songs have been remixed by a house music production team and samples have been used by DJ’s within trance tracks, fusing her own sound with different genres enables Charleesa to reach wider audiences with her influential music and send her messages further.
The debut album is in the mixing stage at the studio and there’s a whole new vibration on the way!
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 the beats, electronic samples & harmonics; ever flowing and elevating the listeners mood with sparkling ripples of crystalline energy.
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 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!”