Karishma Sadhai has been performing since age four at various charity events for UNICEF in Melbourne. She was frequently involved in singing at public events throughout her childhood and was part of the choir that sang at Olympic Park for the Freedom Day Celebrations when Nelson Mandela was released from prison. Recognized as a natural talent, she first sang the South African National Anthem at the MCG at age 12 and again several times at Etihad Stadium for the South African cricket team.
She began studying a Bachelor of Music Performance – Jazz Improvisation at the Victorian College of the Arts at age 17, at which time she formed her own band and played corporate events, as well as several residencies at iconic Melbourne venues. Looking to expand her horizons, she moved to Ireland, where she toured around county Cork with a jazz trio and performed on national television with Susan McFadden (sister of Brian McFadden) and Michael Leonard who represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest.
Since then she has recorded guest vocals on The Cat Empire’s Aria-Award-ward winning album, The Sun, as well as performing featured vocals on two studio albums for Aria-nominated Melbourne band Jackson Jackson and backup vocals with Dan Sultan for the critically acclaimed Maurice Frawley tribute album Long Gone Whistle. Several hip-hop records have benefited from her vocals, including Illy’s Pictures, which was in the JJJ’s Hottest 100, and Phrase’s critically-acclaimed album Clockwork. She also co-wrote and recorded Shining Bright, which was the theme song for the Delta Goodrem movie Hating Alison Ashley. Karishma has recorded her own original material with Jan Skubiszewski (Way of The Eagle) at Sing Sing Studios, which featured Daniel Merriweather and Harry Angus.
Karishma has toured all over Australia playing most major festivals including Byron Bay Blues & Roots Festival, Queenscliff Music Festival, St. Kilda Festival and also performed with Marva Whitney (backing singer for James Brown) at Falls Festival. She co-founded the Jayka Academy of Music, where she has drawn focus to providing students the opportunity to perform at big community events. In 2013 and 2014 students performed at the Summersault Festival main stage and were selected as the choir for the Melton Carols by Candlelight where they performed with a 30-piece brass band and backed singer Kane Alexander.
Karishma is a passionate and driven vocal teacher, who loves being surrounded by music and has been dedicated to music education for over 12 years.