Happy New Year 2021
A Look Back on 2020 in Charleesa's musical world!
What a great year for my music really! As an independent artist there is so much to do to get your music heard by the public in this changing world of the industry. As we left 2020 & entered into 2021 I decided to put a positive spin on last year and add up all the good things that happened even during a time of uncertainty for many of us in both our daily and professional lives, here's what I remembered....
New Releases, Playlists, Fruition of Future Plans & Projects
plus New Streamers & YouTube subscribers, Fan Videos & Website Reviews
Climbing became my fourth song to be officially released on December 11th 2020 and had a great response which rolls on into this year too!
My Newsletter readers got the song free as my gift for their valued support with their Climbing Christmas Special Edition on 25th December and as a digital release so far the song has been streamed 201 times already on Spotify.
It was featured in the Female Indie ARTists playlist on Spotify made by fellow singer/songwriter/performer Maryen Cairns which has been played & saved many times now by followers from around the globe including Austria, Australia, United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Estonia & Israel.
Since its release in December Climbing has already had its first fan video placed on social media. The awesome body popping dancer Kapriza shared his delight at the groove of the track when he started showing his moves on a private movie clip that has already had multiple shares and hundreds of views so far.
Powerhouse was the most played song from my collection of single releases in 2020, not including all the times it's been sung at Live Sessions at almost every show since June on Facebook & Instagram. I loved being able to give people the strength they needed during 2020 and the words took on a special meaning for many people as they wrote to tell me whilst I was performing how much that it was helping for them to listen to these lyrics as if I was singing directly to them, which I was in my ‘Everythings Fine In Sunland’ shows on Friday evenings; the reason for Going Live was indeed to provide light relief from a time in all of our lives when we often felt apprehensive and confused.
It became the most streamed song on Spotify and bought me new listeners from 21 different countries with Argentina now being the place with the highest amount of new followers which I owe in the most part to ‘a little help from my (Latin American) friends’ sharing with people in their homeland by including it in their own playlists. It was the very first song to be included in the Female Indie ARTists playlist and it's been the lead song in my own powerful playlist on the the platform titled 'You Are Love' by Charleesa since its release in December 2018.
Powerhouse was my 1st ever 'Official Lyric Video' on my YouTube channel gaining me more subscribers than any other video and is currently the most played video which can also be downloaded from my 'Rare Offers Store' space on the website for a few gold coins that go right back into my 'Future Music Fund' for recording more of my songs. The song is the one that is featured on my business cards because it’s the one that all Newsletter club members receive for free when they Sign Up on my artist Homepage and is the most empowering song that I've ever composed.
All pretty successful stuff for a song that I releasing myself with cdbaby and promoted from my bedroom office in a shared house in 2018!!!
Each time someone says how much they love the song or adds it to their playlist or tell me that they were dancing in their living rooms whilst I was singing it because the grooves compels them to move, I feel proud and fulfilled in my life’s mission to bring joy & heal through my music.
‘Things to smile about’ and the other three officially released singles plus ‘In Sunland’ which until now was only available to stream from Soundcloud or on YouTube were all added to my Music Tab on the website this year. You will also find my un-officially released singles LMTD (Dreamin’), Keep Climbing The Gypsy Jazz Version & The Spanish Groove Version there.
I added a Guestbook to my website and in the first few weeks there were some very beautiful reviews for my music from people that have watched me perform live from throughout Asia and Europe. The most recent comment was in December by a wonderful friend and massage therapist from America who is currently in Peru that I met a few years ago in India who gave me fabulous treatment and came to watch me performing at my Thursday Night Live Shows that I hosted in Goa. Here's what she said ....
Elisa India / Peru / USA
I love Charleesa’s music! Takes me back to the Om Sita Soulspace beach shack in Goa, India!
Dancing & singing under the stars is what Charleesa does best. Her songs make me feel like she’s singing for me. Turn up the volume and let’s dance!
I also worked on a new project with a very dear friend and fabulous music producer from Austria who is already playing his own creations on radio stations around the world. We are creating brand new tracks in a whole new funky style and have decided to produce more music & even an album together. We have three great songs so far in progress and towards the end of the summer I began a new composition which I added to in November whilst also creating another new number as a special dedication to someone extremely special in my life.
So when I see how many things there were to smile about in 2020 - I have to say that I am looking forward to what will be coming this year!
May 2021 bring us all the happiness we desire and the strength to live our dreams whatever the surroundings or whatever comes to challenge us.
For we have the Power to Dream, Smile & keep on Climbing!
It is as it always has been, within us <3
Sometimes it seems its hiding however we only need to find it <3
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