You’ll perhaps know some of the family associations: her father, David Anderson, was a Kentuckian gospel radio DJ and her mother, Yvonne, a singer; she’s sister to Pamela, cousin of former Young Disciple Carleen; Vicki Anderson is her aunt and Bobby Byrd her step-uncle.
To say that music shares her veins with the blood is, therefore, merely stating the obvious. Yet the important thing to note about Jhelisa’s realisation of her art is its refusal to accept any of the traditional guidelines such a distinguished family tree might, in the eyes of the categorists, place upon it. She’s rarely done as people have supposed she would; she’s always stroked against the flow, remained wilful, been an individual. It’s the reason why her music sounds quite unlike anyone else’s.