With every sunrise comes a new day and for Brettina that has a whole new meaning because that just so happens to be the name of her brand new EP. We talked not only about her ‘New Day,’ but also how her Bahamian heritage has influenced her sound, the spells she’s been under in life, and more in this back and forth exchange.
Kendra: Your mother was the one to introduce you to music. Was she also the one who first noticed you had the spark as well?
Brettina: Yes, my mum introduced us to all different genres of music as well as musical theatre.
I remember, at the age of six, pulling the microphone from the mic stand and starting to sing the song “Daniel” by Elton John. My mum and her friends looked in shock at each other and that was that. She had me in every talent show, audition, and commercial she could find.
Kendra: Every place on earth has its own unique style regarding music, and the Bahamas is no different. What aspect of your Bahamian heritage do you feel invigorates your style most?
Brettina: The most invigorating aspect of a Bahamian instrument and my style would be the congas and steel drums. They both add a deep tribal feel to my music. It’s definitely my signature style.
Kendra: With your latest, “Spell,” you lean into the Neo-soul of it all as you talk about the power of love. For you, have you been able to spot when you are starting to fall under the spell?
Brettina: I’ve fallen a few times under that spell in my life. It’s such a powerless uncontrollable feeling. You are asking a stranger to protect and be kind to your heart. I now know the signs, so when it’s coming on…I run.
Kendra: “Spell” is one of a few releases this year as you also dropped the EP ‘New Day.’ Are you planning on releasing even more before the year is up?
Brettina: Yes, I should have a full album release led by late fall of 2022. We figured we’d release a few teasers till then.
Kendra: You’re currently in LA, in the depths of the city’s jazz scene. When I lived there I was part of the rock scene so I’m not sure we frequented the same spots. Whereabouts are you playing and conversing with other jazz artists?
Brettina: So awesome that you were a part of the LA rock scene. I heard so many fascinating stories of that era. I’d like to be cool and say that I’m familiar with the new LA jazz scene, but I’m not. The venues have changed so quickly from ten to 15 years ago, but I’m sure amazing vocalists are kill’n it!! I’m normally jamming out with my band at a rehearsal hall or writing music in my little studio apartment at 3am.
Kendra: Time for a side note – with it being summertime, I’d love to know your favorite memory from this season whether it was from your childhood or more recent…
Brettina: My favorite memory/time of summer is when the sun is setting and I get to put my convertible top down on the Mini Cooper and blasting Miles Davis’ ‘Kind of Blue.’ One of the best feelings ever when cruising PCH.
Kendra: Lastly, with “Spell” out now, what else can be on the lookout from you come the fall?
Brettina: Definitely the release of the album, ‘New Day,’ as well as a few music videos and hopefully a UK tour.