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.
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.AmazoniTunes