"I first met Tanisha Dread when I was awarded the 2016 Tropicalfete Award of Excellence at the Brooklyn Musical School Playhouse Theater says Capsicum's Roger Meltzer, Founding CEO and A&R Director of the Hartford, CT-based indie who co-produced and arranged her remake of Sweet Dreams with Reality Weekes.
"She was serving as emcee that evening and I was impressed with her energy, her obvious passion for music and dance, her beauty and humility. After I saw her perform in some YouTube videos, I began trying in earnest to recruit her to voice a song or two for the label. A busy schoolteacher, homemaker and mom herself these days, getting Tanisha into the studio turned out to be a bit harder than I expected, even with Tropicalfete Founding CEO Alton Aimable urging her to go for it, too. We finally prevailed and believe everyone will be happy we did, and that, as Marvin Gaye said, I'm just a stubborn kind o' fella."
Tanisha was born in Brooklyn, New York to Jamaican Rastafarian parents. Her mother sang in a Reggae band called Negus while she was pregnant with Tanisha, so her love for music undoubtedly started from in the womb.
While attending the University at Albany for a Master's degree in African Studies, Tanisha got her first gig at the Twenty Poet Talent Showcase 2001. After receiving a great response from the crowd, Tanisha felt driven to display her singing talents to a larger listening audience. Her influences include Robert Nesta Marley, Dennis Brown, Garnett Silk, Glen Washington, Lauren Hill, Etta James, Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston, Damion "Junior Gong" Marley, and CeCe Winans.
Tanisha uses her music as a form of self-expression and to send inspiring messages to the masses. She realized that many others in her family were musically inclined, including Judah Fyah, her cousin, mentor, and co-writer who immediately took her under his wing and helped her record her first two tracks: Take Chances and Faith. The first track was inspired by a crush Tanisha had on an unnamed man to whom she finally conjured the courage to confess her true feelings through the song. Faith was written to encourage people to keep the faith they can be the best they can be.
Tanisha is working on her debut album, collaborating with other artists and hoping her music will one day leave an imprint in the music world. As a teacher in New York City's public schools, she also hopes to inspire the younger generation to recognize their talents and always strive to be and to do their very best.