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Brettina’s back

Brettina Robinson’s jazzy tones make you yearn for a cold day so that you have every excuse in the world to don super comfy clothes, curl up in a big armchair with a good book and sip a cup of java or tea while you have her in the background on constant rotation or even just to be still as her sound flows in and out of you. As we’re in The Bahamas – it’s like waves washing over you. The originality of her refreshing sound will appeal to both jazz purists and younger audiences drawn to more contemporary mainstream music.

Nine years after her debut self-titled album “Brettina” and her first single “Bahamian Girl” – the songstress is back.

Robinson dropped her new single, in which she again seamlessly fuses traditional jazz with island tones, for the hip-swaying “Bop Baiye” which is now on all streaming sites as of May 20, and she remains true to her jazz influences in the single that is about regret and/or whatever a person has encountered in life that they’ve gone through, learned from and that they’d say “bop baiye” – they’ve overcome and they’re stronger than ever.

Her long-awaited sophomore project ventures in classic jazz, world music and island rhythms.

Robinson blends jazz with her island roots to create this unique contemporary jazz song which will translate into her full album.

It’s a song that speaks to the journey she’s taken that was fraught with highs and lows to get to today and the release of “Bop Baiye”.

She collaborated with Grammy Award-nominated multi-platinum producer G’harah Degeddingseze and co-writer/vocal producer Patricia Battani for the sophomore project. Together they decided to release “Bop Baiye” as a single and then follow up with the album which is scheduled for release in late July, along with a music video which she’s hoping to film in New Providence, the island of her birth.

Robinson says the self-titled debut album “Brettina” took listeners on an intimate voyage through the journey of her life, and her sophomore project emerges as a bolder, slightly edgier one in which she reveals more of who she is as “the new face of jazz”.

Robinson’s second album, “Taste”, is a scrumptious five-course meals of sounds, delectable to the listening palate.

It took Robinson almost a decade to release her sophomore project because she found herself in a complicated contract for which she says she would have had to compromise the integrity of her image/music or she could get out of it by biding her time and sitting out the length of the contract.

She decided to sit out.

“It was the best thing I could have done,” said Robinson.

“I learned so much more about the music business and I was able to weed out the people who did not have my best interest at hand. It also allowed me to really woodshed and hone my craft. I honestly believe that it wasn’t until I removed my hands from the steering wheel…I realized that God was steering the entire time. I just needed

to trust his process which has led me to an amazing Grammy Award-nominated and multi-platinum producer G’harah Degeddingseze and co-writer/vocal producer Tricia Battani.”

And her fans should be on the lookout for “Simple Pleasures”, a follow-up single to “Bop Baiye”.

Robinson grew up in a show business family – her mother is gospel singer Leona Coakley Spring, and her uncles are Theo and Kirk Coakley of the popular 1970 funk/soul group and R&B band T-Connection – which meant she was pre-destined for her love of everything music.

At the age of five, her family identified her singing talent and began nurturing her skills.

Robinson has said that while many children watched cartoons, she studied her uncle’s performances on Soul Train and began developing her own craft. By the time she finished high school at C.I. Gibson, she had already penned hundreds of songs.

Her family relocated to the United States after she was awarded a scholarship to the University of Washington in Seattle after winning the Miss Bahamas Talented Teen competition.

She counts Nancy Wilson, Shirley Bassey, Lena Horne, Sade, Adele and LIRA amongst her influences.

Shavaughn Moss

Lifestyles Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Shavaughn Mossjoined The Nassau Guardianas a sports reporter in 1989. She was later promoted to sports editor.Shavaughn covered every major athletic championship from the CARIFTA to Central American and Caribbean Championships through to World Championships and Olympics.
Shavaughn was appointed as the Lifestyles Editor a few years later.

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