b. Jamaica, West Indies. Brisset grew up singing in church, learning the drums from her brother, and moved to New York, USA, at the age of 12.
She began her career in the early 70s as a drummer in the studio, and supported a number of Jamaican superstars passing through New York. As a soloist Brisset worked with Lloyd Barnes, who released her debut, ‘What A Feeling’. While working at Wackies she encountered several Studio One legends, including the Heptones, Alton Ellis, Sugar Minott, Horace Andy, Jackie Mittoo and Marcia Griffiths. Inspired by Griffiths and her association with the I-Threes, Brisset formed Sistren. The all-female line-up was only ever acknowledged by their first names, a move interpreted by the media as an attempt to negate any possible slave-master lineage. Alice, Annette, Cori, Donna, Lori, Pamela, Phylis and Rebecca launched their musical career in the mid-80s. The women performed in and around New York where they built a solid fanbase and continued supporting visiting reggae names including Marcia Griffiths, Dennis Brown and Steel Pulse. Her first solo album flopped because of inadequate promotion, and she relocated to Miami in 1987 in time for the second. She maintained a version of Sistren, who continued to strive for recognition, and in 1988 the group, recording as Annette Brisset And Sistren, released Gun Shooting Raw, which included the tracks ‘In The Country’ and ‘Half A Mile’. In addition to providing lead vocals, the multi-talented Brisset played drums, keyboards and synthesizer, while the other members contributed steadfast backing vocals. In 1989, Brisset gained further prominence with the release of ‘Kiss What I Miss’ and a series of critically acclaimed performances showcasing her fine, soulful voice and neat arrangements. In the 90s she has attempted to consolidate her position with further recordings.