Official Website: http://etanathestrongone.com/
Ethana was born Shauna Morris-Mckenzie in May 22nd 1983 at August town, Jamaica with such vocal talent , her vocal style of Roots- Reggae transcends all genres and is infused with Gospel,Jazz and Rhythm and Blues. She began her music career as a hobby; while putting her education first and foremost, training as a nurse so that she had something to fall back on before gaining huge respect as a support singer with Richie Spice.
Although Ethana is relatively new to the reggae music business her touring continues to showcase her talent and devotion as a Singer Songwriter.
In 2008 Ethana released on VP Records the hugely successful debut album, named “The Strong One”,which is how her fans identified her for her vocal talent. This quickly silenced her critics who believed she was a one-hit wonder. The album was so popular that every song on the album was sold and promoted as a hit single in the reggae charts of that year. Each song on the album carry’s a heartfelt vibe that touches the listener on a personal level with songs such as “Warrior Love, Jah Chariot, Don’t Forget, I Am Not Afraid, Blessings, More & More, Caltariba System as well as her first two hits Roots and Wrong Address”.
*Free Expressions* New Album 2011:http://itunes.apple.com/ie/album/free-expressions/id417217332
2010 Album: Free(music video):http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3KLQvBazks&feature=relmfu
ReggaeVille Interview 2011:
*Her Best stage performance in my opinion?:*Song: “I’m not afraid”:
Music Video: “August Town”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nortMn7lpho
Music Video: “Wrong Address”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3uBIXN-7PzM&feature=relmfu
Music Video:”Happy Heart”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjiMoT29lrM&feature=relmfu
Music Video:”The Strong One”:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8w-nfyz310&feature=related
Live Performance at Reggae Jam 2011: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWdnkVcfzPk
Ethana quotes from her Biography on the Official Website: http//:ethanathestrongone.com/bio
[…“Overall, my music has to uplift. It can’t just be that I go in a studio and string words together. My music must have a message, it must have a purpose. It has to make people feel good and want to really listen to what I’m saying,” says Etana…]
[…“Travelling to another country to perform is perhaps one of the most exciting things for me. Especially if it is a country where English isn’t the first language. Being in Portugal or Spain, for example and hearing a crowd of 100,000 people sing every one of your songs word for word is just exhilarating”…].
[…”This time around, I got really involved in the making of the album. For The Strong One there were a team of writers but it’s pretty much all me and my pen in the majority of the songs on Free Expressions. That was an experience I enjoyed, and I am definitely more into writing these days”…]
[…“I’ve been blessed with this talent, and I don’t plan on slowing down for now”…]
Picture: Ethana with Queen Ifrica
While developing huge respect from her fellow reggae artists she has picked up many musical honour awards, one after another. Which range from “Best New Artiste, Best Female Vocalist of the Year and Reggae Singer of the Year to Most Admired Female Artiste, Cultural Artiste of the Year and several Album of Year trophies”.