Reading the quick facts about Charizma is impressive enough:
The band has toured in 15 countries, including all over Europe, in the USA and Australia. From clubs in Hollywood to rainy Faroe Islands, from concerts in quaint German villages to national TV-shows with millions of viewers.They have had several radio hits in Sweden, USA and Estonia, including a Top3 song on the sales charts in Sweden. Charizma has also participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in the national finals in Poland and Estonia.
But there is more than meets the eye. Behind the band there is a will to communicate a real message of hope and faith.
Below is an overview of the bands history. To read a more detailed biography - go to the "Band History" section.
It all started very modestly with three brothers in a small seaside community in the south of Sweden. Here the three teenaged brothers Bosse, Janne and Göran decided to form some kind of musical act that would propel them to stardom. Said and done! With the classic line-up guitar, drums and bass, loud noises started to arise from the family’s basement and the band Charizma was formed. It did not take too long though before the young trio had matured considerably - both motive-wise and musically - and the first album “Rock the World” was released.
The album and the single released off the album were well received by fans and the press. This led to extensive touring and in the years to follow Charizma played all over the world including USA, Australia, UK, Eastern Europe, Scandinavia, Germany and
Charizma’s reputation as a great live act grew with these concerts, gaining the band new fans. The close involvement and will to communicate with the fans is one of Charizma’s trademarks. The band wants to offer more than just a concert experience and many fans have testified to making life-changing experiences through Charizma’s music.
In the mid-90’s the band wanted to take their sound in a new direction. This was done by adding two new members; Thomas Karlsson, and Johan Mauritzson, returning to Sweden from music studies in Los Angeles. With these new additions the band added strong support to the vocal and keyboard sections. Before long the band released its first album in its current setting, the acoustic sounding “To be continued…” recorded in Germany, released by Asaph Musik.
RUN TO GOD
The new direction and the additional members brought new life to Charizma resulting in extensive touring in Europe and Scandinavia. Leaving the fans wanting for more, the band started writing material for what was to become the rougher sounding sequel - “Basics of Life” - which included the hit single “Run to God”. The song got heavy rotation on American CCM radio stations, leading to a short tour in the USA in 2001. The single also led to performances on Swedish national TV and radio.
LIFE IN 3D - NEW COLLABORATORS
After “Basics of Life” and “Run to God” the band started
looking for collaborators that would take the songwriting
and sound to a new level. The search ended when they
met Pama Records and their brain trust; Manager “Maxe”
Axelsson and producer Johan Glössner. They immediately
saw great potential in the band and its songs. During the
6 months long recording process, Charizma and producer
Johan Glössner found an innovative sound, mixing elements
from different styles into Charizma’s pop melodies.
RACING UP THE CHARTS!
In July 2003 the band started promoting the song “Waiting
(Here for you)”, visiting radio stations all over Sweden,
doing interviews and live performances. When the single
was released to record stores in August it went straight up
to the No.10 spot on the Swedish Sales Chart. As it grew
in popularity it climbed all the way up to No.3 and spent a
total of 7 weeks on the chart.
“Waiting (Here for you)” sold more than 6 000 copies and
was included on two hit single collections which sold more
than 160 000 copies.
The second single from the album, “Where do you go?”
was also a major hit in early 2004, reaching no 13 on the
Swedish Sales Chart.
In February 2004 Charizma was invited to partake in the
Estonian finals for the Eurovision Song Contest with a song
written for them. The band ended up no. 5, getting a lot
of attention in Estonia. The song “I give you a mountain”
became the third single in a row for Charizma to reach
the Swedish Sales Chart when it entered at no. 41 in May
EUROVISION AND FAROE ISLANDS
During 2005-2006 Charizma played a lot live, doing oncerts in Austria, Germany, Poland & Sweden, ever developing their performance. One reviewer from the latest album stated: “This is top quality pop which deserves to be given exposure on the international scene”.
In 2007 Charizma participated in yet another Eurovision pre-selection, this time in Poland! The song Emily was one of the favorites, but didn't go all the way. In the summer of 2007 Charizma wen't back to Poland, and played at a big summer concert in Gdansk with Gdansk Symphony Orchestra, playing 3 songs arranged for band and orchestra.
In August Charizma played at their remotest venue ever. The band was invited to play at the Fjarda Festival the in the Faroe Islands!
The last couple of years Charizma have been working on new songs and recording. A new release is set for Spring 2008.