by Ganns Deen


LIVEtheLIFE Magazine is proud to showcase an exclusive interview with Acel Bisa, former lead singer of pop-rock groups Moonstar88 and Orphan Lilly.

Tell us something about you.
I’m turning 30 this year. I’m the youngest in the family with five siblings. I’m a follower of Christ, a wife, a singer-songwriter. I love my husband, I feel alive when I sing, I love to praise and worship my God. I easily cry with sad movies or sad songs, I minister to the youth – mostly college students. I play the piano and the guitar, I enjoy cooking, I like dresses, lace and shoes. Flowers, beautiful paintings, and cute babies make me smile. I’m saddened when I see children and families just sleeping, eating and basically living on the streets. I dream to be able to do something and help the urban poor. I dream to release and promote my songs internationally.

You claim a wide variety of influences. What would a first-time listener to your music think if they heard it?
It still can be categorized as alternative pop, but with a tad of jazz. Stellar melodies with a Eurorock feel, kinda like The Cardigans. It can be compared also to The Sundays, Plumb and Leigh Nash.

What can we expect to hear on a typical song by Acel Bisa?
It’s mostly about hope, security, love and forgiveness.

How do you glorify Christ in your music?
I do everything excellently as much as I can, and continue writing songs that can touch lives and that would represent Christ.

Have you ever played live shows? What’s the most memorable experience you’ve had as a Christian artist?
Yeah. One of the most memorable experiences I had was when I was invited by Victory Galleria to sing my new songs. After I sang and shared with the students how God changed my life, someone approached me with tears in her eyes, thanking me for that song I sang that made her realize a lot of things, and changed the way she thinks.

What are your favorite Bible verses?
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Phil 4:13)

“For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Phil 2:13)

“I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Gal 2:20)

What motivates you to keep your music going, and how does your being a Christian affect your being a musician?
Knowing that this is a gift that God has given and entrusted me and how powerful it can be used by God, motivates me to keep on singing and writing songs. Being a christian is a lifestyle, and it definitely affected how I write my songs, how I perform and how I see myself. I now have a different perspective. I now see that my singing career is not just for me and that it is for a greater purpose, and there’s a reason why God gave me this passion in singing – to use it for His glory.

Visit Acel’s official website