Elishema was born and raised on the south side of Chicago. She is an R&B Pop singer, rapper, songwriter, and music producer known for her inspirational lyrics and stunning stage presence. Her influences include Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey, and Brandy to name only a few. Her sound and persona can best be described as a Mariah Carey meets Beyonce with a tasteful twist of Rihanna. As a songwriter Elishema aims to inject wisdom and love into the themes of her songs which she labels “Music for Empowerment.” Her ultimate goal is to inspire confidence in her listeners.

She officially blasted onto the music scene with her 2010 Jazzy R&B single “Sophisticated Man,” which was well received by both internet and specialty commercial radio stations and was praised by fans worldwide. In 2011 she released her debut album “New Beginnings,” under her family’s indie label “Inway Records.” And in 2018 followed up with her second album “Break A Sweat for Me.”

Since then Elishema has continued to grow and sustain her fan base by releasing new music that now includes her new R&B single “Don’t Play With Me” a hip hop inspired tune about wanting to be treated right and not being taken advance of in a bad way.

As a performer, Elishema has opened for the Chi-lites, Kelly Price, Chaka Khan, Frankie Beverly & Maze, and shared the stage with chart-topping artist like Jazz from Dru Hill, K Jon and Noel Gourdin only to name a few. She has also received praise from Kool & The Gang after performing a special tribute for them during their visit in Chicago. She also hosted a charity program in Chicago which included giving concerts to senior citizens at various apartment complex throughout the city as well as singing national anthem at events sponsored by Illinois Secretary of State Jessie White. Being a well-rounded entertainer, she has performed at various colleges, universities, and festivals, as well as toured internationally. Most recently during her 2019 tour in Ghana West Africa she sang the Ghana National Anthem during a worldwide televised boxing match at the Bukom Boxing arena.

To dive deeper into Elishema’s history as an artist click here to read Elishema’s extended biography.

2016 Awards

City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events 2016 Individual Artists Program (IAP) grant recipient



5 Comments on Biography

  1. loved you at the forum 2/9/2013 with the chiLites when are you proforming next

    • Hey Emory, thank you so much, it was such an honor for me to open up for the Chi-Lites. I had fun 🙂 and i am glad to know you loved it. I am in the process of setting up some more performances, I will stay in touch and let you know when I have another show lined up. It should be very soon. But thanks again, i truly appreciate you reaching out to me. Wishing you all the best!!!


  2. Hey Elishema, i’m Xu from Paris, France, i’m a big fan of Donny Hathaway and i just want to say how groovy is your rendition of “the Ghetto” !

    Wish you the best, keep on !
    Hope to see you soon in Paris ! ; ) Xu

    ps : out of curiosity, what are the lyrics you wrote on ?

    • Thank you so much Xu for your feedback, i very much appreciate your support. I would love to bring my tour to Paris, I am working on that, I will keep in touch with you and let you know when i am headed your way, if that’s alright with you. Also i will send you the lyrics to my rendition of “The Ghetto” shortly. Wishing you all the best as well. Thank you again:) Elishema

  3. It is the least one can do, talented artists are rare and too often unknown !
    Please, keep me informed when your band will be on tour in Paris !

    All the best, Xu

    ps : thanks for the lyrics, i’m waiting for them impatiently 🙂

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