Brettina

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Shaping a Style

Born in Nassau, The Bahamas, Brettina began singing at the age of 5 years old, under the influence of her gospel-singer mother, Leona Coakley Spring and Uncles, Theo and Kirk Coakley of the band T-Connection. As a toddler, Brettina and her mother relocated to the United States, returning to the Bahamas during her school years where she won the 'Miss Talented Teen' competition, earning her a scholarship to the University of Washington and a move back to the U.S. The continuous struggle to learn, and fit into, two very distinct cultures has shaped her music and has helped her to evolve into the artist she is today.

Debut Album

Critics have described Brettina Robinson’s 2010 debut album, Brettina, as a “first-rate jazz album of emotional beauty.” Songs from the renowned album include the popular Caribbean influenced lead single ‘Bahamian Girl’, the soulful proclamation of ‘My Time to Shine’, the jazz-soul intensity of ‘Chai’, the stirring ballad ‘Pardon the Storm’ and a terrific piano solo by Tracy Carter featured on ‘One’. Brettina also covers Harry Belafonte’s ‘Island In the Sun’, which she delivers with a stunning rock-a-by feel.

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In addition to pursuing a long-standing music career, Brettina devotes her time to her family's charity, Terrylee Ministries.

"Brettina Robinson's debut CD, Brettina, isn't a traditional jazz vocal album. It's better. On the album, Brettina works through mostly originals, each melody and arrangement more captivating than the last. Born in Nassau, the Bahamas, Brettina's warm-weather roots are evident throughout—in the stories she tells and in the lilting surfy beats on many of the tracks. Best of all, Brettina is genuine and completely inside the music."

- JazzWax -

"Blending efficiency and clarity into a self titled debut, Brettina projects herself as a vocalist with a defined focus on her music. Having written seven of the ten selections, her compositions reveal articulated nostalgia, laced with subtle personal drama. She sings as if relishing the role of messenger for people and places she left behind." ... "Though it is in the ballads as "Serafina," a timeless tale of a mystery woman, "Poor Old Times," an ancestral saga, and the religious prayer of "Pardon the Storm," that she really shines, recalling a young Roberta Flack with those heart wringing lyrics and delivery. "

- AllAboutJazz.com -