Misteree

Misteree

 Hartford, Connecticut, USA
BandR&BReggae

Roots on the bottom & pop on the top, a mixture of foundation, culture and dancehall grooves, an R&B, gospel and hip-hop version of Etana, Tyra Banks with a voice, young and sulltry but tough with a clear vision of where her career can go in the right hands, first release an instant hit

Biography

Misteree

Born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine Parish, and growing up in Paul Island, Westmoreland, Jamaica, this lovely singer-songwriter acquired her love of reggee, R & B, and gospel music listening to her grandparents’ albums by Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Marcia Griffiths, Luther Vandross and Shirley Caesar.

After singing her rendition of Caesar’s “Jesus Oh Jesus” at a concert in Luci Westmoreland and receiving a standing ovation at the age of nine, “Misteree” knew she wanted to become a singer. She soon began singing in the youth choir, traveling to different stages and arenas all over the island.

At 16, she migrated to the U.S. and began modeling part-time in Miami while singing in the church choir every Sunday before relocating to Hartford, CT. In June of 2007, she entered the West Indian Idol competition at Weaver High School auditorium, the only un-intimidated female, and came home with second place after singing an original calypso tune, “Love de Caribbean” in the finals. But it was her voice people remembered. In one of the toughest towns for local artists to succeed, she captured their hearts with her intense performance and versatility.

“Misteree” has since gone on to open for legendary artists like Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Gregory Isaccs, Shabba Ranks, Frankie Paul, Tarrus Riley, Beenie Man, Sanchez, Capleton. Leroy Sybils, Macka Diamond, Dean Fraser, Duane Stephenson and others, though people still wonder where that big voice comes from in such a slender, but curvy and drop dead gorgeous woman, now 27.

You can hear the magic for yourself in “Just As I Am” a soaring fusion of reggae, r&b, hop-hop and gospel that leaves the listener with little doubt who “He” is that loves ”Misteree” with such unconditional love. Originally penned as a gospel ballad by R. Meltzer and S. Sarbocca, this rewrite has her unmistakable melodic and vocals influence along with those of Capsicum writer-producer, Osborne “Ifield” Joseph.

Lyrics

Just As I Am (reggae version)

Written By: R.Meltzer,S.Anthony,C.Tomlinson-Ismail,O.Joseph

Just As I Am (He Loves Me)©1996
(R. Meltzer, S. Anthony,
C. Tomlinson-Ismail))(BMI)
(O. Joseph) SOCAN)
(Capsicum Music, LLC)
(Soul of Zion Music)
(Cheese King Music)(BMI)

Chorus- He loves me…just as I am
Though I’ve made it hard,
as hard as I can
But His love’s not built on
my shiftin’ sand
And still, He loves me, just
as I am…just as I am

Verse- I been jealous of other girl’s
gold
Looked away from the needy,
been selfish and cold
Downright stubborn...once
I’ve made up my mind
Rarely been patient…haven’t
always been kind
(Seh,) Me cuss and me fuss,
more of a lion than a lamb
And still, He loves me, just as
I am…as I am

Chorus- Yes, He loves me…just as I
am
Though I’ve made it hard,
as hard as I can
But His love’s not built on
my shiftin’ sand
And still, He loves me…

Verse- A slave to my passions, too
many to list
Temptations of flesh been
hard to resist
Too many time, took off me
wedding ring
Broken my vows like it don’t
mean a t'ing
Too much, too often…pursued
da forbidden
Those who have wronged
me…I’ve seldom forgiven
Wasted my blessings, took
a boy for a man
And still, He loves me, just as
I am…(as I am)

Chorus- Yes, He loves me…just as I
am
Though I’ve made it hard,
as hard as I can
But His love’s not built on
my shiftin’ sand
And still, He loves me, just
as I am (…just as I am)
Musical Interlude/ride
Repeat Chorus- Yes, He loves me,
just as I am
Though I’ve made it
hard, just as tough as I can
But His love’s not
built on my shiftin’ sand
And still, He loves
me, just as I am (just as I am)
Repeat chorus-ad lib tag out to
fade

Discography

"Just As I Am" Cut # 6 from Capsicum Records Reggae-In-Fusion Album #1 now playing on Hot 102-FM, Irie 105.1-FM, Roots 96.1-FM, Vybz 96.3-FM, Linkz 96.5-FM, and Mello 88.5-FM in Jamaica and all over New England, U.S.A.

Set List

I do whatever length set concert promoters request. I usually include some stylized covers of Bob Marley, Rita Marley or Etana, and then do my own material. My voice is frequently compared with Marcia Griffiths and Etana, but more Americanized in my phrasing and riffs -- although I am perfectly comfortable in patois.