The songbird has already completed most of the tracks and is just about ready to pass them over to her label, VP records to select what will make the final cut. Etana admits to being hard to please and if you may, call her a diva when it relates to productivity and the quality of her music productions. “When I’m in the studio, I take my job very seriously. It’s fun but certainly not a game. When I’m in that booth, if something is not right, it has to be corrected. I respect my fans, they support me through buying my records and concert tickets; they put me here so I must give my best.”
The singer wants to keep the collaborations for her new album a surprise; still there has been a lot of buzz surrounding a fiery duet with Freddie McGregor. Industry insiders and online listeners are also responding remarkably well to the prerelease of another track titled, Beautiful Day.
Etana is steering towards the best and brightest young musicians creating waves with energetic, vibrant and free spirited sounds. Majority of the tracks completed so far have been produced by Shane Brown-Juke Boxx Productions in addition to Steven McGregor –Big Ship Records and her former manager, Donovan Germain of Penthouse Records. Etana’s highly anticipated third album is expected to be in stores later this year.
The Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill was treated to an exciting show, which was the first staging of the annual series. The Icons of reggae concert held in Florida over the weekend had a terrific line up of stalwarts, which included the strong one, Etana. She graced the stage representing well for today’s generation alongside pace setters: Toots and the Maytals, UB40, John Holt, U-Roy and Mykal Rose of the Black Uhuru Band among others. To be selected to perform at this event in celebration of Jamaica’s 50th was honoring for the songstress.
The talented singer was in command on stage, showcasing her brawny vocal ability to the South Florida crowd. She performed several of her popular and uplifting tracks: Wrong Address, Roots, People Talk, Warrior Love and I Am Strong. She shined bright despite the legends she had to jostle with; was able to hold her own and made her mark as a young, powerful reggae star. The audience sang along word for word and ate up all she dished out throughout her thrilling set. Blessings, was among the crowd’s favorite, which she performed with the aid of vocalist, Kyle Moncrieffe who filled in well for Alborosie. Etana closed her set with her chart topping tune, I Am Not Afraid leaving the crowd asking for more.