While Mumbai may boast of many gospel ensembles and choirs, it is not every day that you find a group of young people popularising the genre through the same ways that have catapulted rock bands to success. Charisma, a Christian youth gospel outfit, recorded their first single, ‘Lonely soul’, earlier this year and uploaded the song’s video last month. A pop-rock duet sung by the band’s vocalist, 14-year-old Charisma Dixon and her 23-year-old brother Calvin, the song has received over 1.48 lakh hits within a month. The video, which was shot in Australia, shows the siblings walking down local lanes and markets, while jamming with street musicians.
“We’ve portrayed the band as a young setup, something that teenagers can relate to. And we’re happy that everyone is viewing and sharing the video,” says Calvin, who also plays keyboards in the band that features Sheldon Dixon (drums), Gary Gracious (rhythm/lead guitars) and Cris Victor (bass). With their debut video having achieved this success, the band is already working on releasing their next. “We are also shooting another video in Goa for our song ‘Healing rain’, which is inspired by a real life story. A few years ago, a zooming car hit my sister Colette. She suffered severe lung, brain and liver damage and went into a coma. The doctors declared that she could be in that state for the next six months, but in a week’s time, she got up from her bed. Her injuries, too, had healed. It was miraculous!”
They are also looking forward to recording more songs in the coming months, “We’re planning to release the album next March, just before Easter,” he informs. Charisma also plans to donate a part of their earnings from the album’s sales to charity. “We are trying to get sponsors from the US and will be putting up our songs on the charity funding site, kickstarter.com. We want to give 40 per cent of our earnings to foundations such as Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.”