Internationally acclaimed artist Jhelisa Anderson was born in Jackson, Mississippi, her father being a gospel radio announcer. The Anderson family was a singing family, with Jhelisa's father on the piano and organ. She is the cousin of the equally acclaimed singer Carleen Anderson.
She began her career in 1990 in London with the UK band Soul Family Sensation releasing the album "New Wave" on One Little Indian. With lablemates The Shamen Jhelisa then recorded two top ten hit singles "Love Sex and Intelligence", and "Phorever People" earning Jhelisa a platinum album with The Shamen.