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Cassie :: No ’One-Hit Wonder’

by BeBe Sweetbriar
Wednesday Apr 18, 2012

Remember that Billboard R&B/Pop hit "Me & U" back in 2006? Remember who sang it? That's right, Cassie! Well, I bet you thought she was long gone into the world of One Hit Wonders never to be seen or heard from anymore.

Wrong! She is back: a beautiful woman at 25.

At 18-years old, Cassie (Casandra Elizabeth Ventura) was the talented model, singer and dancer that signed to Ryan Leslie's label NextSelection, managed by Tommy Motola. She was introduced to the world by P. Diddy with her first album "Cassie" on Bad Boy Records, which hit Billboards Top 200 Top Ten. Her first single "Me & U" took Europe and the U.S. by storm, but when three singles: "Official Girl," "Must Be Love," and Let's Get Crazy" (that featured big hit makers like Lil Wayne, P. Diddy, with whom she is romantically linked; and Akon respectively) didn't chart in the U.S., her second album (planned for 2009) was scratched.

Today Cassie is back. She signed with a new label, Interscope Records and is ready to earn the respect she so seeks from her industry peers. With the release of her steamy rhythmic new single "King of Hearts" in February, and an album of the same name planned for release in September of 2012, the "new" Cassie is more mature with a product that shows her commitment to the craft of record making.

I visited with Cassie and talked about why she has taken so long to hit the airwaves, what she was doing during the past six years, what makes her different now than in 2006, and will the "new" Cassie gain the recording industry's respect?

Based out of San Francisco, BEBE SWEETBRIAR is the Omni Present Drag Chanteuse. As an entertainer and hostess, BeBe can be scene every week hosting and performing at countless events and parties in the San Francisco. One of the few drag personalities to sing live while performing, BeBe has literally graced every notable stage in San Francisco, bridging many gay sub-community gaps. She has also been the opening act for Destiny’s Child Kelly Rowland, "Ugly Betty’s" Alec Mapa and Dance Diva Kristine W. Adding recording artist to her list of performance accomplishments in 2008 with the release of her first single "Save Me", Ms. Sweetbriar will soon release her fifth dance single in 2012 called "Show It Off"..
As an actress, BeBe was introduced to film with a lead role in the independent film "Under One Sun" with her character dealing with religious, racial and gender issues. Additionally, she appeared in the campy musical "Devious, Inc" (Australian Film Festival, San Francisco Short Film Fest) also adding additional vocals to the musical soundtrack. Both of these performances led to her selection for a lead role in Aisha Media’s next short film series, "Con-tin.u.um" to be released in 2012.


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