Camille "Misteree" Ismail
Born in Spanish Town, St. Catherine Parish, and growing up in Paul Island, Westmoreland, Jamaica, this lovely singer-songwriter “Misteree” 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 Grifiths, 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 young woman..
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.