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Miami, FL
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Portrait of Calibe
Imagine the meeting of dancehall/reggae with pop, R&B, funk and jazz, presented with unforced, even laid back intensity, and you begin to get a sense of what Calibe brings to the musical table.

She is the result of an island upbringing in Kingston, Jamaica, saturated with such outside influences as Lauryn Hill, Stevie Wonder and Anita Baker. In 2002, Calibe became a finalist in Jamaica’s Caribbean Music Expo Star Search. A series of recordings followed with Jamaican and US producers including Blackout Movement, Salaam Remi and Kwame Holland.

Through an ongoing mentorship with legendary producers Sly and Robbie, she was enlisted to sing vocals for their track on Beenie Man’s Tropical Storm album. Calibe earned a spot accompanying the dancehall superstar on major tours incorporating Europe, Canada, the Caribbean and the United States.

Eventually Calibe began touring with another Caribbean crossover, Kevin Lyttle, who she has opened for in Europe and the US. “I learned a lot from the people I was touring with. By the time I moved from support vocals to opening act, I was already hungry and ready,” says Calibe.

After recording and releasing two EPs, The First Draft in 2003 and Follow Me in 2005, she left the music business to go on hiatus for a while. Even then, she maintained a presence, working with Drop Di Bass Records, Shang Records, Kymani Marley, Sizzla, Spragga Benz and others from the world of dancehall and reggae. She reminisces, "Even when I felt like it might never happen, my ultimate dream was been to be singing on stage at the World Music Awards with the whole world singing along to a song I wrote and recorded. That's my version of euphoria."

In early 2009 she reconnected with Blackout Movement, a production team she had worked with on and off since moving to Miami in 2003. She has since collaborated on a number of tracks with BM rapper Ultimate including "It's My Birthday" which Calibe graced with catchy, melodic hooks, and which debuted in March 2010 as the number 1 most added record to Rhythmic radio in the US.

Calibe has now signed with Ultimate Domination Records / Blackout Movements and is recreating a buzz with her thoughtful lyrics, soulful voice and focused mentality. Her now more mature persona is resonating with a cross section of listeners and she feels like there is no limit to the distance her project can go. According to the lady herself, "I enjoy being an artist, but I'm aspiring to become an industry."