Tag Archives: etana

Etana ‘I Rise’ #1 US Billboard Reggae Chart Topping Album Release Event Nov. 17


According to a recent release, Reggae princess Etana is the first female Jamaican artist to top the US Billboard Reggae album charts in almost 20 years.

Roots reggae singer-songwriter Etana strikes again. This week, her fourth studio album I Rise (Oct 28, VP) hits #1 on the U.S. Billboard Reggae Album chart. She is one of the three Jamaican female artists ever and the first in nearly two decades (since Diana King and Patra in the mid-90s) to land this highly-coveted chart position.

Backed by a full band, Etana will celebrate this success and perform tracks from her brand new album at her NYC release party at SOBs on Monday, November 17, 2014.

Prior to this event, Etana continues her U.S. tour with Cocoa Tea, spreading her positive vibrations to major cities like St. Louis, New Orleans and Orlando.

I Rise, which is helmed by the legendary Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and producer Clive Hunt, follows Etana’s critically-acclaimed albums Better Tomorrow (2013), Free Expressions (2011) and The Strong One (2008). The Jamaican singer-songwriter’s melodic power blended with Hunt’s rich arrangements sets this album apart as one of the best throughout her stellar career.

Etana carries the torch as reggae’s leading lady with this classic collection of love ballads and roots anthems. With her poised assurance and newfound strength, she evolves spiritually, mentally, emotionally and musically. Whether she shedding light on the harsh ghetto realities on “Trigger,” “Ward 21 (Stenna’s Song)” and “How Long,” conveying romantic longings on “Richest Girl,” “Love Song,” and “By Your Side” or expressing her deep-rooted spirituality on the exquisite Bob Marley remake of “Selassie Is The Chapel,” the Marcia Griffith’s cover of “Stepping Out Of Babylon” “Emancipation” and “On My Way” – each of the album’s tracks is delivered with her soulful conviction. Producer Clive Hunt (Stevie Wonder, Peter Tosh, Rolling Stones, The Wailers, Grace Jones, Jimmy Cliff) arranged an all-star team of the island’s musicians to contribute to the set – including himself, Sly Dunbar, Robbie Shakespeare, Grub Cooper, Handel Tucker, and Dean Fraser.

Etana’s ‘I Rise’ – Track Listing:
1. Selassie is the Chapel
2. How Long
3. On My Way
4. Stepping Out Of Babylon
5. Jamaica Woman
6. I Rise
7. Richest Girl
8. Love Song
9. By Your Side
10. Passing Thru
11. Trigger
12. Ward 21 (Stenna’s Song)
13. Emancipation
14. Jah Jah
15. Jam Credits

Remaining Tour Dates:
Nov 5 (Wed) St. Paul, MN @ Wilebski Blues Saloon
Nov 6 (Thu) in St. Louis, MO @ 2720 Cherokee
Nov 9 (Sun) in New Orleans, LA @ Publiq House
Nov 13 (Thu) in Palm Bay, FL @ Sugar Kane
Nov 15 (Sat) in Orlando, FL @ Mela Room
Nov 17 (Mon) in New York City, NY @ SOBs

New Music (Listen): Reggae-Soul singer Etana releases sultry ‘Trigger’


Jamaican singer Etana recently released her latest single, ‘Trigger’.

The single explores a tale of survival, and the songstress herself describes it best: “I think it’s different to view things from the perspective of the man holding the gun. This song doesn’t say he actually pulled the trigger, but he’s thinking. That’s what he has to do, due to circumstances. It’s metaphoric, a deep song that is real to some.”

Etana says she got the inspiration from, “someone I met long ago who had a similar story, but never picked up the gun. Instead, he chose the books. However, some aren’t so fortunate to even find assistance to continue their education.”

The lyrics were penned by Shauna ‘Etana’ McKenzie Morris and Sherieta Lewis and produced by C-Sharp Keyboard Player, Dwain “Wiya” Campbell on the Barbwiya and Etana’s Freemind Music labels.

Of working with Wiya, Etana says, “He’s just super talented. First he had to love it! Then he came up with the intricacies of producing a “love” track. Selecting the right musicians etc. I enjoyed working with him.”

Etana is also set to release her brand, new video ‘Thy Will Be Done’ on VEVO on March 8th, featuring grandson of Bob Marley, JoMersa Marley.

‘Trigger’ is available on iTunes and Amazon and other digital music stores.

Jamaica Jazz and Blues 2012 kicks off this weekend, January 26th-28th, 2012

The 16th Annual Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival takes place this weekend, Thursday, January 26th – Saturday, January 28th, 2012 at the Greenfield Stadium, Trelawny, Jamaica. Each year the show, one of the Caribbean’s largest Music Festivals, attracts thousands of patrons from all over the world, delivering a weekend of Culture, Music, Food and rich, quality Entertainment.

The weekend will feature a slew of local and international artistes, headlined by Musical Soul legend, Celine Dion. This years festival marks the celebration of Jamaica’s 50th Independence (Jamaica gained Independence from Great Britain, August 6, 1962) , and the first night will be dedicated to the festivities.

This year also sees new producers of the show, Art of Music Productions ( AMP), spearheaded by Stephen Dear, with Walter Elmore remaining the Executive Producer of the prestigious event.
Check out the line up below:

Thursday, January 26th (Celebrating Jamaica’s 50th )

Christopher Martin
Assassin aka. Agent Sasco
John Holt
Marcia Griffiths
Ky-Mani Marley
Half Pint
George Nooks
Pluto Shervington
Byron Lee and the Dragonnaires
AJ Brown
Marcia Barrett
Derrick Morgan
Lloyd Parkes and the We The People Band
Mykal Rose

Friday, January 27th

Celine Dion
Richie Stephens and Gentleman
Jully Black
Tami and Tessanne Chin
Nicole Henry

Saturday, January 28th
Cee Lo Green
Damian Marley
The Temptations
Heads of State
Earl Klugh

NEW!!Reggae Queen Etana now signed with Penthouse Records

According to a recent Press Release, the velvet voice Reggae singer, Etana has now been signed with the popular Penthouse Records.

Press Release:
Its official, reggae star Etana is now backed by the renowned Penthouse Records. The August Town Singer has inked a management contract with music master, Donovan Germain. His name is synonymous with Buju Banton whose career he led to the pinnacle of success. Penthouse will be an addition to Etana’s already robust team of VP Records and Freemind Music. Germain’s experience and brawny production skills will further propel the songbird on the international scene.

Etana sees the union as seamless as she is no stranger to the veteran producer. He is already executive producer on her forthcoming album. The compilation which is not yet titled will be the follow up to her billboard charted album, Free expressions.

This third record will show a different side of the performer. According to Etana, “It won’t be the usual. The next album is a very happy, party in the park feel. It will have you rocking and smiling. It’s compelling, gives you the vibe to jam on the corner, in your home or in your car. It’s a definite collector’s item”, said the Strong One.

Etana is now winding down an exhaustive tour; she has been headlining festivals across Europe, South America and the United States. This autumn she looks forward to spending more time in the studio to complete her upcoming album with the Penthouse team.

She recently made an exceptional performance on london at The Wembley Arena. Read more

Breaking News: Joel Chin of VP Records murdered at his St. Andrew, Jamaica home

by Natalie Monique
Joel Chin, A&R manager of VP Records, was murdered at his Stony Hill residence in Jamaica.

According to the Jamaica Observer sources, Chin was attacked shortly after arrived home last Tuesday night, around 10:45pm. As he exited his motor vehicle, gunmen shot him several times, he was taken to the hospital and and pronounced dead on arrival.

35 year old Chin who grew up in the Reggae industry was the grandson of the founders of VP Records, Vincent and Pat Chin. and son of popular Reggae producer, Clive Chin.

Joel was instrumental in developing the careers of Sean Paul, Beres Hammond, Wayne Wonder, Beenie Man, Sizzla, Morgan Heritage, Etana and Tarrus Riley. He also played a big role in creating the Award winning reggae compilations, Reggae Gold and Strictly The Best.

It is reported that Chin moved back to Jamaica from New York only two years ago, to focus more on the musical ventures.

The Dancehall/Reggae fraternity mourns the loss of a very significant member of the industry. Condolences to family, friends and colleagues of Joel Chin.