Charissa (pr. KA-RISS-A) is a singer/songwriter from Burlington, Ontario. As a young child, she began singing along to Disney songs and later, began curiously strumming on a guitar and learning basic chords in order to accompany herself. She enrolled in vocal and guitar lessons and began to play acoustically at a local coffee house, helping her gain valuable performance experience in front of an audience.
In the summer of 2009, she entered the CNE Rising Star Talent Competition as a timid 12 year old. But, it didn’t take long for her to impress the judges in each of the preliminary rounds. The maturity and conviction in her voice along with her guitar skills, secured her a spot in the finals and was ultimately crowned junior and grand champions of the competition. A feat that no one had ever accomplished at such a young age.
With titles in hand , she embarked on her musical journey, gaining local recognition and awards along the way. She has spent the last 8 years performing on many stages and in many venues, from small backyard get-togethers to large outdoor stages and a little bit of everything in between, and always making time to support local charities.
Often described as an old soul, her powerful vocals command your attention every time she steps up to a microphone. The warm distinctive tone in her voice, combined with her gentle natural vibrato creates a unique and inspiring sound. Her love and passion in performing is evident every time she gets in front of an audience, delivering dynamic and emotional performances impressing audiences of all ages.
Notable appearances include performances at the award winning Sound of Music Festival, City of Burlington Canada Day Festivities, CHCH TV Live Music Fridays, and Nashville’s legendary Blue Bird Cafe.
She is currently writing and recording for her first solo project, a unique country blend, revealing musical influences spanning across genres. “I like all kinds of music and all kinds of sounds. It’s just more fun that way.”
“In May of 2017 Charissa released her debut single as an artist – I Got My Girls (Independent) – co-written with Wilson Daniels, Wilson Daniels Music of Oakville, Ontario, I Got My Girls is presently garnering terrestrial AM/FM radio airplay on Country stations across Canada and was recently added into rotation on SiriusXM Canada on CBC Country 171.
In August 2017, Charissa released the Official Music Video on Youtube.
I Got My Girls is available on iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify, Youtube, Pandora and many other popular streaming platforms.