Gilda Louisy was born and raised in Blanchard, Desruisseaux, the quarter of Micoud. She is the second of her parents five children and was raised in what she described as a ‘very religious Catholic’ setting. Her love of singing, whether it was reggae, zouk, R&B or any other genre; it seemed made everything easier and better for her. At the age of eleven, she gave her very first public performance at a concert in the Desruisseaux community and she described it as a great experience, because on that day it was the first time that she was cheered, the people clapped for her, and they wanted more of her singing. With a beaming smile, she says that her reaction then was “Oh I felt good. I knew I was born to do this.”
Indeed, Gilda Louisy was born to do this, and for those who have not had the pleasure of hearing her, then her debut single ‘Never’ on the Victory Sounds ‘Gospel Revolution’ compilation CD will introduce to the world a most talented songstress. Those of us in the Caribbean who have had the pleasure of hearing her will testify to the fact that Gilda Louisy has indeed been blessed with one of the most beautiful and powerful voices in Christian music today. In other words what we already know, the rest of the world will soon discover.
At age twenty-three she gave her life to the Lord and has been serving Him since, especially with the gift of singing. She began singing solos in church shortly after her first son was born, and thereafter became a worship leader and served in that position for many years. Being in the position of worship leader was a challenge for her, because her pastor was also her biological brother. She was always very conscious of her dressing and lifestyle. This is because as she said, “I didn't want people to point a finger at me to say, " look what the Pastor's sister is wearing". I just didn't want to be an obstacle.”
Gilda noted that she was also very insecure and was always looking to hear well done after a performance. She said that she would beat upon herself for days before getting over it. However, she is thankful that today this is no longer an issue. You see she didn't know back then that God's approval was all that she needed.
Consequently, she experienced some dark and low moments and eventually stepped down from leading worship; during which time, the family moved to the US for a few years where she gave birth to their second son and lived a good life. There she got to be part of a great choir and had the pleasure of being part of a huge Christmas cantata where she was featured as one of the main lead singers. That was very fulfilling, especially after seeing herself in the local newspaper and hearing the reviews. But that wasn't enough to keep her there, she had to come back home to where God had planted her and to use the gift for the betterment of God’s Kingdom.
In her own words “I am now using the gift of singing that the Lord has blessed me with to touch lives, give hope to the hopeless, help people see a better way and find Jesus as their Saviour