Barbee opens studio in Harlem

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Singer Barbee is stepping out and taking a more business- like approach to her music, having recently established her own studio in Harlem, New York (USA).

While a number of female artistes have taken on businesses, when THE WEEKEND STAR spoke to Barbee recently while she was in New York,she said she wanted to step out of the box, opening her own music studio, Rare Diamond.

vibe and culture

She said, “The whole vibe of my studio is to bring a rare Caribbean vibe and culture to New York city. The studio is on 125th street in Harlem. I came up with the idea when trying to figure out what type of business to open. I have an interest in hair and clothes but I wanted to be different so a studio seemed like a good idea.”

For the singer, who was born in New York City to a Nigerian father and a Jamaican mother, her studio is a home base for her future musical endeavours. Equipped with offices, a mixing room and a rehearsal room, according to Bar-Bee, she plans to work on her own craft at the studio but to also open its doors to new talent as well. “We’ve just started, really, so we’re taking things day by day, contacting different producers to work with us and we’re getting a good response. I really want to make this a world project, to do all different types of music at the studio,” she said.

The singer has also been busy promoting her latest video for Feel So Good, which was produced by Dean Fraser. The video was shot in Jamaica and, according to Barbee, she did most of the designing for the shoot.

“I’m really excited about this video. I have a lot of performances coming up and I’m so grateful for Love You Anyway, which really got a lot of love in Jamaica and opened doors for me. Because of that song I was able to open for Beres Hammond and Percy Sledge, which was amazing,” Barbee told THE WEEKEND STAR.

Among other endeavours the singer recently made a cameo appearance in a movie called House Arrest starring Stacey Dash and rapper The Game. The singer is also working on an upcoming album but is taking her time, wanting to release quality over quantity.

Right now Barbee and her team is to decide among three songs, her next single. The singer has got some amount of success performing a lovers rock genre of music, which she said is music she enjoys doing. Among other things, Barbee will be the celebrity host for Queen magazine’s upcoming shoot.

Source: JamaicaStar

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