Born in Mississippi and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, Jhelisa started to sing in church at the age of five years old with her family’s singing group, “THE LITTLE DAVID FAMILY” lead by her father “LITTLE DAVID”, a RADIO DJ/MUSICIAN, and her mother YVONNE, a SINGER and COMMUNITY ACTIVIST, and sister PAMELA, a prodigious singer. JHELISA says, “music was a family thing” growing up. My grandfather, uncles, cousins, and aunt played music. Expanding from the church and moving into the forbidden secular world, Jhelisa started playing in local bands at age 15, and after high school Jhelisa left Louisville for Los Angeles, where she hoped to become a television broadcaster, but attending college was short lived as the opportunities to make music opened up. In the course of her career Jhelisa has recorded with artists such as COURTNEY PINE, BRYAN FERRY, MASSIVE ATTACK AND CHAKA KHAN to name a few.
Conscious Sonic Healing and Traveling-7 Chakra Excursion.Does this mean that this musical effort will attempt to balance the 7 chakras?
How did you make your way back to the States?
What is your goal as an artist?
I LOVE your voice! Was your voice always deep and powerful when you first started singing?
Since I was 5 years old, singing in church with my dad on piano and my mom and sister on vocals, I always fit in that low register comfortably. It became a spectacle of sorts when I stood on a chair belting out an old spiritual, in a deep alto. I don’t know if I chose it or it chose me.
You have worked with some heavy hitters, HERBIE HANCOCK, the late, great JAMES BROWN, STING, and the legendary MAVIS STAPLES. How did they find you?
When you get the call from your agent saying you’re opening for an absolute legend, you resonate high energy and prepare yourself to ascend in that atmosphere. Chaka Khan was most encouraging. She had been listening to my first album, “Galactica Rush” for many months, and one day I got the call from her management to set up a meeting. Resulting in her recording one of my songs, “Death of a Soul Diva”. It was an amazing moment in my career, working with one of the most influential singers of our time.
How do you ensure that you are taking care of yourself, mentally,physically and spiritually?