"Hey, you never know. I had called this legendary syndicated gospel DJ and talk show emcee just to thank her for all the spins she'd been giving Capsicum reggae-gospel fusion tunes like "Just As I Am," "I Prayed," "Someone To Believe In" and "Only You Are Worthy" on her show; but I soon realized she could really sing in her own right," explains label CEO and A&R Director Roger Meltzer. "At my request, she sent me a few songs her son King Mellowman had produced for himself and for her to voice just to see if I had anything they could work with. When they arrived, I had this intense deja vu experience. What I heard were the old school r&b vocals I grew up with listening to the radio and later heard as a staff-writer-producer-arranger at The Sound Of Philadelphia. Real music...real musicianship...real singing...with pitch, phrasing, diction, emotional content. It was all there."
Within weeks, Mellowman quickly voiced a reggae remake of the 1980 Meltzer-Morris-Tindal smash "Don't Send Me Away" and his mother chose to voice the Meltzer-Anthony-Weekes song originally penned for dancehall bombshell Dolli Difference, "Not That Strong." Soon Capsicum had two more multi-talented artists on the team.
Dolores “Sista Dee” Barbee was born in Detroit MI to Walter and Marie Prophet. At an early age it was evident that she had a quality voice. Singing in church started her on a path that would lead at 12 years old to joining The Lucylle Lemon Gospel Chorus she remained with the chorus until age 21 then traveling all around the U.S. performing with such greats as James Cleveland, Elma Hendricks Parham, Donald Vailsand a host of others.
She was a member of the first Gospel Music Workshop Choir that was started in Detroit. When Sistadee, as she is affectionately known, started her family, she stopped singing with the choir and just sang in her church. Troubled by the conflict and hypocrisy she saw in some churches, she left and sought God for herself. As her son grew, he began to show some musical ability and she focused her attention on him.
"Now he, in turn, has decided I should start to sing again, and hopefully the messages in my songs will cause people to unite and learn to love one another," she says.
As the owner-operator and key radio personality of Rockers Corner Radio, she sends the same message in the music she plays on her station where she is determined to raise the awareness of upcoming and established conscious reggae artists. Her tag line is "100% Positive, 100% Conscious, 100% of the time. Music for your mind and your spirit."
"I have no doubt this union will become fruitful for all involved," says Sistadee, and Meltzer couldn't agree more.