ADESHA (Ah dee sha) n. Sanskrit origin
Command from God; VOICE.
Powerful, sultry, dynamic, and moving are just a few words people have used to describe Adesha’s voice. Though Deltrina had no idea her daughter’s name meant voice, she knew Adesha was destined to sing.
Oakland, California native, Adesha made her solo debut singing for hundreds of people at The War Memorial Opera House in San Francisco at the tender age of six. By age ten she had starred and co-starred in musicals, she sang a jingle for a commercial, and had performed solo at a few of San Francisco’s live music venues. Years of training from singing in church; vocal coaching from her mother Deltrina Johnson, a trained gospel singer; and numerous live performances would follow the training she received in her primary years. At age 13 Adesha joined a girl group called “Under 21”. The trio spent most of their high school career performing and in the recording studio. At age 16 Adesha embarked upon a spiritual journey that would change the course of her future. Being famous was no longer her life’s goal. She wanted her music to make a difference; she wanted her music to change lives. This decision would lead to Adesha leaving “Under 21”. The resistance she experienced from her cohorts, management, and peers as a result of her decision sent Adesha into a bit of a depression. She would spend the next 4 years soul searching and took hiatus from singing.
One morning Adesha had a conversation with a cousin over brunch. He told her he admired her commitment to her beliefs, that she should be proud of that, and do what she was meant to do, sing. He concluded he wanted her to help him as he was trying to overcome some challenges in his life. 6 months later her cousin, George C. Scott was brutally murdered in a shootout. In honor of his memory Adesha decided to sing. She started by singing a song she wrote about her late cousin at few open mic nights. At one particular open mic night, a young lady came up to Adesha after she performed and said, “Thank you for helping me. Today I was thinking of ending it all, but you encouraged me to keep up the fight”. That was just the confirmation Adesha needed.
With the help of her friends and family she was able to put together a band of extremely talented musicians. Adesha’s vocals and lyrics combined with keyboardist Allen Ross, bassist Aaron Baugh, and drummer Brian Braziel quickly became a force to be reckoned with. They went from performing coffee house gigs to top Bay Area Venues such as Kimball's East in a matter of months. Their first show at “Kimball’s” had over 200 guests and upon their return a month later they had over 300 guests.
To date Adesha has performed at a long list of venues from San Francisco to LA. She has been the opening act for Ledisi, Goapele, Gospel diva Kim Burrell, Kase, Anthony David, Carl Thomas, Jazmine Sullivan and more. Adesha released a dance EP entitled “Giving Love a Try” which was followed by her first full length album “Giving Love a Try”. The re-release of her debut album "Giving Love A Try" will soon be available on ITunes, Amazon Music, and Spotify. A review from I Am Entertainment Magazine said this about her, “Adesha is a great singer and songwriter. After checking out her release, Giving Love a Try, I was reminded of how awesome music can be when those creating it are talented and creative.” Clearly, Adesha is ready to soar to new heights. It won’t be long before she is internationally known.