Etana The Strong One - Born Shauna McKenzie, and the only girl in a family of boys, Etana grew up in August Town. Her vocal talent was discovered when she was eight years old and was overheard singing along to a 1991 hit by the group Air Supply.
She migrated to the United States in 1992 and attended Broward Community College with the intention of becoming a registered nurse.
Following her decision to prematurely exit college in 2000, Etana joined a female vocal group named Gift. At the time Universal Records was interested in their music so Etana reluctantly agreed to wear the skimpy outfits dictated by the music industry’s pervasive stereotyping of female artists; then one day, she could no longer conform.
returned to her Kingston birthplace and focused on making music that
reflected her embracement of Rastafari principles, which include a royal
representation of women, adhering to a natural lifestyle, and an
acknowledgment of the teachings of Marcus Garvey and Emperor Haile
opportunity arrived in 2005 when a friend brought her to Kingston's
Fifth Element Records, who were then enjoying success with Richie
Spice's single "Earth A Run Red" and his album Spice In Your Life. Etana
successfully auditioned to become one of Spice's vocalists on his tour
of Europe and North America.