Charmaine DaCosta

Charmaine DaCosta

BandChristianReggae

Hybrid of reggae, folk and contemporary sounds reminiscent of Nina Simone and Joan Armatrading.

Biography

Charmaine DaCosta was born and raised in St. Andrew, Jamaica. Starting out as a solo artist, Charmaine became one of the founding members of the once renowned Worl-A-Girl, dancehall Reggae girl group.

After leaving the group in 1995, Charmaine started to independently write and produce her own music- reggae heavily influenced by rock, folk, funk, country and R&B- an amalgam all music forms she came to appreciate after moving to the USA.

Now a born again Christian, as singer/songwriter, executive producer and entrepreneur, Charmaine has utilized all her experiences from Worl-A-Girl as well as her independent ventures to craft a sound all her own in the world of Reggae gospel. Her new CD "A Prayer" is chock full of musical expressions that would have one thinking that it is an unfocused work, but, DaCosta disagrees. "If you know reggae music you will realize that almost every track, though not overtly reggae, has undeniable reggae-bility...I made up that word, I think."
"We are the sum total of all our experiences. Some are good and some take us through the fire, but each is an important aspect of the shaping of our lives; mine have shaped my ministry.
God bless and walk good!

Lyrics

Do You Know

Written By: Charmaine DaCosta

Is there a man out there who knows what true love is,
and do you know the things a woman really needs,
she needs compassion, a good friend and lover,
but above all that she needs a man who know's who Jesus is.

I know you've heard I like a man who makes me laugh,
one who's confident, strong, smart and can provide,
but what I didn't say is, that he's gotta love Jesus,
cause with Jesus as his star, his guiding light we'll be alright

Do you know,
(do you know, do you know)
Do you know,
(do you know, do you know)
Do you know,
(do you know, do you know)
Who Jesus is

Love is faithful, kind, has integrity,
isn't boastful, jealous, angry, self seeking,
Love is righteous, like my savior Jesus, He never fails He even gave his life for me, yeah
Don't try to impress me with gold and diamond rings,
and your fancy car to me don't mean a thing
Do you study your Word and get daily on your knees to pray
Do you love the Lord and seek to serve him each and every day

Do you know,
(do you know, do you know)
Do you know,
(do you know, do you know)
Do you know,
(do you know, do you know)
Who Jesus is
Do you know,
(do you know, do you know)
Do you know,
(do you know, do you know)
Do you know,
(do you know, do you know)
Who Jesus is

Bridge
Don't have to change for me
you don't have to rearrange
cause I'd rather be alone than unevenly yolked with a man who don't know Jesus
Won't make you over, you just gotta have Jesus' cover
cause if you don't know God you're just no good for me, yea yeah,

Do you know,
(do you know, do you know)
Do you know,
(do you know, do you know)
Do you know,
(do you know, do you know)
Who Jesus is (x3)

With Me Always

Written By: Charmaine DaCosta

Darkness falls, evening calls
I'm standing here, by myself
but not alone, I know You are with me
I'm holding on to the promises
that You made, when You said
"Behold, I'll be with you always".

And I don't need to worry, no I don't need to fret I won't sweat cause
You're with me, with me always
No I don't need to worry, no I don't need to fret I won't sweat cause
You're with me, with me always

Trouble comes, like the tide
covers me, still I hide within Your arms, wait out the storm
With my eyes, fast on You
And my mind, daily tuned to Your Word, I hold your hand and I stand

And I don't need to worry, no I don't need to fret I won't sweat cause
You're with me, with me always
No I don't need to worry, no I don't need to fret I won't sweat cause
You're with me, with me always

Don't worry bout tomorrow
It has enough cares of it's own and yesterday is gone but through Your grace I'm still here, still here...oh

And I don't need to worry, no I don't need to fret I won't sweat cause
You're with me, with me always
No I don't need to worry, no I don't need to fret I won't sweat cause
You're with me, with me always

Holy Birth

Written By: Charmaine DaCosta

Holy, Holy, Jesus Christ
We shall bow down to the Lord in this holy place -cause He promised
We'd be delivered by our faith and through His grace - holy, holy
Lamb of God, blessed is he who comes in His name
Cause we declare him king

Holy, Holy, Jesus Christ, Emanuel
Holy, holy, unto us is born this day...In a stable,

Born not to princes and kings He came in the world, to a virgin
And heaven acknowledged His entrance and shone a star
And the wise men, bearing gifts
Gold, frank incense and there was myhrr
And heavenly hosts rejoicing

Holy, Holy, Jesus Christ, Emanuel
Holy, holy, unto us is born this day

Holy, Holy, Jesus Christ, Emanuel
Holy, holy, unto us is born this day

Discography

Say you Love Me - released 2002
A Prayer - released February 2007.
Songs that have gotten and still get airplay: Rock On, We Belong, Better in the Morning.
From current CD, "A Prayer" : With Me Always, Tired, Holy Birth, I worship you.

Set List

A typical set is 35-45 minutes and begins with an I can see clearly now, Tired, With me Always, Do You Know, Love Comes (original song not on CD), Route 66, What a Wonderful World