From speaking with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, to being introduced to honoree Anita Baker, Barbee was simply delighted. “Meeting a legend like Anita Baker was a really special moment, just shaking her hand is an inspiration”, Barbee says while reflecting on her magical night at the Soul Train Awards.
Barbee's stunning red carpet outfit caught Wolf Blitzer's attention and prompted a comment from Blitzer that he loved her dress. Before she knew it she was being introduced to Wolf Blitzer as Barbee from Jamaica on CNN's covereage of the event. Wolf Blitzer was present at the awards to film segments for his show the Situation Room. At the awards, Blitzer introduced hip hop pioneer Doug E. Fresh, and even threw in a joke or two for laughs.
Barbee is currently recording, and in January she will release her hit single “Come See About Me” featuring the Diamond Princess herself, Trina. Not only has Trina made history by being the only female hip hop artist to produce 5 successful albums, but she and Barbee, both have released Billboard chart topping singles.
It was a huge night for Reggae also, as nominee Gramps Morgan, and Mr. Vegas were present, along with Award winner Gyptian. Media captured the trio of Gramps Morgan, Barbee and Mr. Vegas on the red carpet. Barbee was ecstatic, “I was simply delighted” she says.
The name Barbie is categorized by many as the name of a star like doll for girls. Barbie symbolizes endless change but constant quality. In this regard Barbee the singer is much like her doll counterpart. Barbee (barbeeplayhouse.com) was born Faith J Eselebor in New York City. This unknown little girl eventually metamorphosed into a recording artiste, song writer, fashion model and now worldwide superstar. With a Nigerian father and a Jamaican mother Barbee began singing at the age of five, and by age 11 she was the leader of her traveling choir "Perfect Praise". At age 16 Barbee was as a member of a girl group called "Best Kept Secret". The group opened for acts such as rappers Jadakiss, Cameron and others. However, due to circumstances, the group broke up. This would have discouraged many persons, but not Barbee. Choosing to persevere, it was obvious it was time to go solo and she did so in a spectacular way by recording her first single 'Missing you' with the culturally riveting Jamaican artiste Junior Kelly. The single received tremendous airplay throughout the Caribbean the northeast United States), Canada, and West Africa. It was number 3 on the charts in Jamaica and became a street anthem.