Singer, songwriter, and humanitarian Etana is a powerhouse vocalist and 2 X Grammy Award nominee. It a been a decade since her debut as a reggae artist; she is now a recognized and respected entertainer in her native Jamaica and is also well-known worldwide. Born Shauna McKenzie, the young talent migrated to the United States for the opportunity. Briefly, she pursued a pop music career before rediscovering her roots as an adult and adopting the moniker Etana, “The Strong One” in Swahili. The return home spurred the evolution of her sound, and it's evident in her body of work expressed as the fusion of folk, soul, jazz, and Reggae. Etana taps into the likes of Marcia Griffiths, Etta James, and Miriam Makeba for harnessing a deeply emotional sound, and she is the modern embodiment of their influence. In 2008 Etana debuted the album, The Strong One, featuring various musicians and producers. The project reached the #12 spot on the Reggae Billboard chart and consecutively released singles by VP Records, which helped introduce the spirited singer to the world. Lyrical hits “Warrior Love” and “I Am Not Afraid” made a lasting impression, as did “Free” and “Happy Heart” from the second album, Free Expressions, notably a repeat Reggae Billboard chart climber. Not to be outdone, she released her fourth album, I Rise to much acclaim, nabbing the #1 spot on the iconic chart, marking the first female artist out of Jamaica to earn such a designation for seventeen years.
In 2018, Etana released her first Independent album produced by her company, Freemind Music titled. “Reggae Forever.” The album soared to #1 on the reggae billboard charts as she headlines a tour through the United States. Etana became the first female to receive back-toback number 1 albums on the Billboard Reggae Charts. A few months later, Reggae forever was nominated for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards in the Best Reggae Album category. The nomination by The Recording Academy marked the first time in over twenty years that a woman was nominated in the category. In 2019, she released the eight-track EP Dimensions, then a full-length album Gemini released in 2020. Her latest album Pamoja (2021), earned Etana her 2nd Grammy Nomination. The album features Vybz Kartel, Damian Marley, and Stonebwoy, the album achieved tremendous success with over five million streams and counting; it earned Etana her second Grammy Nomination in the Best Reggae Album Category. Etana continues to tour the world sharing her message of love and positive light!
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