The young singer — who is part of the new reggae revival movement which includes the likes of Chronixx, Jesse Royal, Protoje, Dre Island, Kabaka Pyramid, and Jah9 — did not drop the baton, instead gave a strong showing which showcased her endearing vocals and well-written and produced material.
Kelissa Live was staged at Skyline Levels, the childhood home of the singer's mother, which has over the years evolved into a recording studio and live performance space high up on Skyline Drive with the lights of the city twinkling below. This intimate setting was perfect for the singer to perform in front of an appreciative audience.
Her opening mood was sombre and message-driven with tracks Love Letter, Afrika, Time is Now, and Slow Down. The tracks, with their slower tempo, were extremely effective in drawing the audience into the music and the artiste.
The second segment saw the tempo increase, adding to the entertainment value of the show. Songs of Love would open this segment which Kelissa layered with tap dancing by Samantha Strachan. Best Love would follow, which includes verses in Swahili. This went down well with the audience, particularly some Kenyan nationals who were in the house.
From here on in it was anyone's guess which one of her friends would be dropping in.
It started with Yung JR, the son of reggae act Junior Reid, who shared Wake Up, his collaboration with Kelissa. Keida would also step up to the microphone to give 'strength' to Kelissa. Drew Island was next to share the stage with the headline act on War. He was followed by Kabaka Pyramid, Runkus, and Jesse Royal. They all gave short but effective performances to please the audience.
The final guest of the night was Kelissa's brother Keznamdi. The brother-sister duo brought the curtains down with Live for Today.
Speaking to the Jamaica Observer following her performance, Kelissa was ecstatic noting that "it is always a joy to perform music for my people".
The petite artiste noted that 2014 had been a great year, adding that it has sent the trend for what she hopes to accomplish in 2015.
"This year was really about establishing who Kelissa really is for the public. I assembled a team including managers and my band — The Anbessadors — and we were able to go on the road with Chronixx including his 22-city European tour and stops in North America. This year was also about recording some really strong material and establishing a standard for how we write our material as well as musical production quality, we're big on that. We just want to continue that in 2015," she said.