Charisa the ViolinDiva

Charisa the ViolinDiva

 New York City, New York, USA
BandJazzSoul

Charisa and her band “the SoulEvolution” create a symphony of jazz-infused soul, reminiscent of great funk bands of old. They've been described as the melodic juxtaposition of James Brown and Jill Scott, with all the funk, heart and soul in between...

Biography

I’m more excited than words can say about the big things happening in my life, and I invite you to journey with me in the next chapter in soul . . .
Welcome to the Evolution.

Some extraordinary stories in Soul music begin in the most ordinary of places. I (Charisa, a.k.a. the ViolinDiva) began my musical journey in a little public school program at the ripened age of four, and after much scratching and rasping, I learned how to pull a decent sound out of this foreign wood box, and so began a lifelong love-affair with music. Born and raised in Maryland, all of my earliest musical influences - which range from traditional gospel to DC’s gogo, and le hot jazz to classical symphonica - have all blended together to create a innovative and jazz-infused take on contemporary soul. It has been said of Lauryn Hill's Miseducation that in that studio, it was like the music was just bursting forth from her, as if some creative fire had been inside of her all the time, just dying to pour out. That's how I feel about my music - like I've searched a very long time high and low, and I've finally found my true voice, here in soul music. I’ve been blessed enough to collaborate to date with some of the most illustrious roster of artists across musical borders on some of the most prestigious stages (including with Wynton Marsalis, Ashanti, Claudia Acuna, Common, Doc Severinson, Keyshia Cole, Quincy Jones and Mos Def – to name a few).

Finally, I have my TWO (that’s right, I said TWO) first albums simultaneously in production. (Woo-hoo!) ‘Stories’ in the soul genre and ‘This Journey Home’ in the gospel genre are both set to release in the beginning of 2011. There are also many different shows and showcases I’m working on around town, so all the Diva-Lovas should keep checking in to see what’s coming up next.

Lyrics

Someday

Written By: Charisa, the ViolinDiva

[Band and Lead Violin Intro]
Verse 1
Doors that should’ve opened for me were shut in my face– but it’s okay
Cause you see, adversity teaches me to claim my rightful place – so it’s okay, yeah (yeah)
Mmmm Used to listen to all the haters and the nay-sayers ‘bout my dreams – but that’s okay
Cause I’ve learned how to turn the haters into the escalators to achieve all my destiny¬

Chorus
So it’s okay, Somehow, Some Way
It’s okay, Sometime, Someday (2x)

Verse 2
[Full band in]
Sure, I could use extra money to pay my bills
Since I’ve found the things that make me rich don’t come with no frills anyway
You’ll find them in one who touches that secret part of you, mmmm
You’ll see it when you look back (look back) on all you’ve endured, just to get through, yeah

Chorus
Yeah it’s okay, Somehow, Some Way
It’s okay, Sometime, Someday
Yeah it’s okay, Somehow, Some Way
It’s okay, Sometime, Someday (2x)

Bridge
[vocal backgrounds and hits]
See, it’s not that I don’t care about my struggles in this life
But I choose to gain perspective, courage, wisdom, and insight I’ve
Oh, Got to let it go aint no room left for status quo
So much more to see, so much more to me [break]

Verse 3
Not about where I’ve been but where I’m goin, - so it’s okay
Cause aint no betta day to pick myself up and start again anyway?
And as long as God is blessing me to face another day – [it’s gonna be alright]
So I’m gonna keep right on keepin on, come what may (2x)

Chorus (2x) ad libs
Band Vamp

Black is the Color

Written By: Charisa, the ViolinDiva

Black is the Colour
Latin 12/8 earthy groove in Bminor
[chorus]
Black is the colour of my true love’s hair
His lips so warm and tender like two roses fair
He possesses the sweetest face and the gentlest hands
How I love the ground on which he stands
Oh, black is the color of my true love’s hair

[verse]
I love my love as well he knows
I love the very ground on which he goes
I love his smile, bright as the sun
It shines like a new day that’s just begun

So I love him, like him, need him
Have a hunger only he can fill in me
When the pain it hurts so deeply, for missing
Your curly, black of blackest hair

[chorus]
Black is the colour of my true love’s hair
His lips so warm and tender like two roses fair
He possesses the sweetest face and the gentlest hands
I love the ground on which he stands
Oh, black is the colour of my true love’s hair

[bridge]
Perhaps it’s the way you speak?
Or the light shadow on your cheek?
Could it be in the way you move the room To an incandescent glow, oh?
Could it be the love in your laughter
Or the scent that lingers just after your kiss – No
It’s just that beautiful, glorious, regal, marvelous, kinky black afro

[chorus]
Black is the colour of my true love’s hair
His lips so warm and tender like two roses fair
He possesses the sweetest face and the gentlest hands
I love the ground on which he stands
Oh, black is the colour of my true love’s hair

Black . . .

Discography

- Album: 'Soul Stories' in the soul genre, currently in production
- Album: 'This Journey Home' in the gospel genre, currently in production
January 2009: Charisa relased 'Never Looking Back' for Heineken Red Star Soul, and will receive airplay on 98.7 KISS FM, NYC

- Ashanti, on Declaration
- Estelle, on yet unnamed project
- Mary J Blige, on unnamed project
- Keyshia Cole, on unnamed project
- Beyonce, on unreleased project
- Blitz the Ambassador, Stereolive EP
- Chris Rob, Mental Notes
- Pastor Montel Thomas and the Soulwinner's Global Church, on "Soul Winners" album
- Emmanuel Baptist Church, on previously unreleased project
- Roxanne Taitei, on Memoirs
- James Rouse EP, as produced by Kenny Dope 2010

- Collaborative producers: Commissioner Gordon, Kwame, Jerry Wonda, Seven Aurelius
- unreleased Motown and Atlantic artists

Set List

Covers: plenty of Aretha, James Brown, and Tina Turner, Jill Scott, Chaka Khan, Donny Hahaway, Bill Withers, Earth Wind and Fire, Gap Band, Fatback Band, other funky greats, top 40 with a jazz/funk twist, and too many others to count

Originals: Black is the Color*, Baby I Love You So, Someday* (it's okay), Nicky Baby, Sometimes, Never Looking Back*, In Days Like These, and more . . .