Jolisa Janell is a national gospel recording artist, songwriter, recitalist, and vocal coach who grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. As a child, she began singing at her father’s church on the praise and worship team. It was there that she realized her passion for singing. Most of her foundational training consisted of singing in school ensembles and performing lead solo roles in high school and in college. Shortly after graduating from Dillard University with her BA, she attended Louisiana State University, where she received both her Master’s and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees in Vocal Performance.
Growing up, I often struggled with my identity and loving myself. I was the type of girl who thought of everyone else as being the smartest and the prettiest. This misinterpretation of myself took root after my parents’ divorce and during that year I actually failed the third grade. Lacking self-confidence and being completely insecure, I harnessed the wrong image of myself throughout my childhood. Instead of being a leader, I was a follower and instead of feeling like a winner, I felt like a failure.
My paradigm shift happened when I learned the truth about my identity from the Word of God. It was in the Bible that I learned how much I was loved and that I belonged. As I developed a stronger relationship with Christ, I grew more confident and secure in myself and in the musical abilities that God gave me. With this new perception, I began to thrive in every area of my life, from academics, to gaining a higher self-esteem. I have attended the best Universities, received the highest awards and scholarships in music, and accomplished dreams I've never imagined, but I accredit it all to God’s grace and his favor on my life.
“All things are possible to them who believe”, is not just one of my favorite scriptures, but it has become my reality. I no longer see myself as a victim of rejection, insecurities, and failure, but as a victor. I am now travelling the nation doing what I love most- speaking, singing, and reminding others of God’s unfailing love.
She has completed several music projects, including her 2012 single and music video “The Unexpected”, which aired on WOBOK 1230 radio station in New Orleans. In 2013, she released her first full album entitled “You Said It” and thereafter her 2016 and 2017 singles “I Choose” and “Faithful”. She continues to travel the nation gracing the stage with her former projects and upcoming releases.