Etana, Jamaica’s Roots Reggae Empress released her fourth studio album titled, I Rise, on Oct 28th via VP Records. She’s giving away her latest single, “Richest Girl”, for FREE & we have details over the new milestone of Etana being the first Jamaican female artist to reach the top of the Billboard Reggae charts in more than 20 years…
You can download Etana’s new track, “Richest Girl”, for FREE on our home page under the MP3 Leak of the Week on the right hand column! This Download will only be available until Saturday Nov 22nd, 2014.
Etana, whose name means “the strong one”, had a strong release as I Rise topped the Billboard Reggae Album charts in just a week, positioning Etana as one of three Jamaican female artists ever, and the first in nearly two decades (since Diana King and Patra in the mid-90s), to land on top of the Billboard charts.
I Rise was produced by legendary Jamaican multi-instrumentalist and producer Clive Hunt and the release follows Etana’s previous albums with Better Tomorrow, Free Expressions, and The Strong One. This album resonates her true passion for reggae by expressing her deep-rooted spirituality on tracks like the Bob Marley remake of “Selassie Is The Chapel,” the Marcia Griffith’s cover of “Stepping Out Of Babylon” “Emancipation” and “On My Way.” Producer Clive Hunt arranged an all-star team of the island’s musicians to contribute to the album – including himself, Sly and Robbie, Grub Cooper, Handel Tucker, and Dean Fraser.
I Rise includes 15 total songs and you can pick up Etana’s new album on iTunes by clicking HERE!
The beautiful Etana was born in Jamaica and moved to South Florida in the early 90s. After prematurely leaving college, Shauna McKenzie (AKA Etana) joined an all-female vocal group called Gift. She chose not to conform to the music industry’s skimpy standards and moved back home to Kingston, to focus on producing music based on her Rastafarian spirituality and love of Jamaica. Back home she performed background vocals for Richie Spice and Fifth Element and she wrote her first single “Wrong Address” while in studio with some of the band’s musicians. This single reached #1 on several Jamaican charts and was included in her first album The Strong One.
Huge thanks again to Etana & VP Records for allowing us to share new track, “Richest Girl” to post up for FREE download. Free music is a privilege that we’re grateful for and we appreciate the work these artists do! Please feel free to download this song for FREE and spread the awareness to your friends!
Enjoy the FREE track on the homepage!
Article By: Mike Patti
Watch: Etana – “Richest Girl”