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Biography


“The spice girls of the gospel world"
South Africa City Press newspaper

“Angelic voices” & “The African Take 6” Clive Jones, American Actor

“Destiny Child of Gospel"
Love 101 FM & TV Jamaican Presenter, Nadine Blair

“In 15 years of profiling talent in Africa, We have never heard or seen such musical perfection” BBC Focus on Africa

"Fresh", "Dope" & "Crazy."

Kirk Franklin: US Gospel mega star,


Simply Chrysolite is a multi-award winning South African gospel girl-band made up of 5 young ladies from KwaZulu-Natal; Pretty (22), Thab'zo (24), Dolce (27), Thabiso (27) and Phumzile (26). These young stars are all mentored by Tim Omotoso, the Senior Pastor of Jesus Dominion International (and founder of Tim Omotoso Global Outreach). Simply Chrysolite shocked the entertainment world when, In September 2011 they won the Best International act at the Black Entertainment Film Fashion Television and Arts award in London, United Kingdom by beating 4 time Grammy award winner Kelly Rowland, African superstar and multiple award winning Wiz Kid, BET Music Award winners - 2 Face & D'Banj and a number of other world class nominees. Hardly a couple of weeks afterwards, they won 2 International gongs at the 2011 Gospel Music Awards, Ireland - winning the Best International Song of the year - IHUBELISHA and the Best International Album of the year (with their self-titled album – SIMPLY CHRYSOLITE). Simply Chrysolite against all odds broke their background chains of obscurity with the aid of the South African youth enablement project of Tim Omotoso Global Outreach, despite not having any formal musical training. Their debut album, 'Simply Chrysolite Volume 1', containing 10 tracks were composed by individual members of the band, arranged by Tim Omotoso and co-produced by multi award winning music producer, Wole Oni.


Their first burst to the lime light came in 2010, (after few months of kick starting the group) when the won the Best Engineered Album at South African's Crown Gospel Music Awards 2010. Simply Chrysolite was then nominated in the Best R&B Gospel category at the 2011 South African Music Awards. The group then won the best Video of the year for one of their hit songs, 'LORD I LOVE YOU' at the Gospel Music Awards, Italy 2012. Their success is evident from every angle, with the girls winning the Best Gospel Group of the year at the 2012 Olympic edition of the Africa Gospel Music Awards in London making it 6 awards (5 of these being international) in only 3 years of forming the group. US gospel mega star and 8 time Grammy award winner, Kirk Franklin, shared the stage with them at the 2012 Fun in the Son, Kingston - Jamaica. (An event that marked the 50 years of Jamaica's independence) and he described their sound, voices and harmonies as "fresh", "Dope" and "Crazy." Simply Chrysolite was the first and the only African group to perform in this festival to over 150,000 fans. Since their astonishing achievements, the story of Simply Chrysolite has received extensive coverage in all the media platforms throughout Africa, Europe, the Caribbean and the United States. On 17 July 2011, they were voted as one of Viewers Top 5 choices on SABC 1's Gospel Gold amongst many other TV and Radio programs and their 4 music videos has racked up a quarter of a million views on youtube since its release. 

The South African Sowetan newspaper described their voices as "angelic" and Jamaican Radio show host, Dennis Isis Miller, said she developed goose bumps all over her body from their singing. She described their music as soul lifting and inspiring. Simply Chrysolite performed at the highly rated Mangaung African Cultural Festival in October 2012 alongside 3-time Grammy nominated singer - Angie Stone, Randy Crawford and Joe Sample to over 30 000 music fans. The South African City press newspaper on 16 January 2013 made this bold prediction: "These accomplishments are remarkable for a rookie group. With such promising beginnings, Simply Chrysolite may be on their way to the level of global gospel fame achieved by platinum-selling artist Rebecca Malope and the two-time Grammy Award-winning Soweto Gospel Choir." In December 2012, the Rolling stone magazine featured their video on their website. The Simply Chrysolite story, a celebratory gala concert was held at the Elangeni Hotel, Durban. South Africa on 21 August, 2012 celebrating their achievements. Simply Chrysolite just released a single, 'Psalm 121' available on most of the good online stores and they are currently working on their second album, 'Simply Chrysolite Vol 2'.

LIST OF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF SIMPLY CHRYSOLITE

  1. Best Engineered Album: - South African's Crown Gospel Music Awards 2010.
  2. Nominees, Best R&B and Best urban gospel: - South African Music Awards 2011
  3. Best International Act: Black Entertainment Fashion Film Television Arts Awards 2011, London
  4. Nominees, Best Female Afro Act: Black Entertainment Fashion Film Television Arts Awards 2011, London
  5. Best International Album of Year: ‘SIMPLY CHRYSOLITE Vol 1’ - Gospel Music Awards, Ireland 2011
  6. Best International Song: ‘IHUB'ELISHA’ - Gospel Music Awards, Ireland 2011
  7. Music Video of the Year: ‘LORD I LOVE YOU’ - Gospel Music Awards, Italy 2012
  8. Best Gospel Group/Choir of the year: African Gospel Music Awards, London 2012

www.simplychrysolite.co.za


 
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