Born Anna-Sharé Blake in Jamaica’s parish of Westmoreland, Sevana, at the age of eight, broke out right in the midst of her family performing her own rendition of a tune from Celine Dion at that moment and so, the big picture of her musical journey was revealed. Securing third place on Digicel Rising Stars (Jamaica’s equivalent of American Idol), Sevana’s girl group, SLR through which was her big break into music gained some limelight in Jamaica. Then, she was introduced to international audiences through her feature on “Sudden Flight” from Protoje’s 2014 album Ancient Future. She joined Protoje’s label and management company In.Digg.Nation Collective shortly after and has since released a soulful self-titled solo EP in 2016, the infectious single “Sometime Love” in 2018 and the uptempo dancehall-fused hit “Nobody Man” in 2019 along with “Haul and Pull” off the Protoje-produced riddim Rock & Groove. Sevena has not only grown her art over the years but also her influence as just recently, she entered into a collaboration with PUMA during their Middle East’s 2020 campaign along with label mate Lila Iké.
On the light of collaborations, Sevena’s newly released video for “If You Only Knew” sees the synch between her and PUMA through her self-styled outfits that blended PUMA sneakers and activewear with authentic Senegalese head wraps. Sevana has made a statement to the media through her newly released video stating the release date of her impending EP titled “Be Somebody” slated to be released on the 31st of July. The song, “If You Only Knew” is the Jamaican singer and songwriter’s major label debut since signing with RCA Records in partnership with In.Digg.Nation Collective facilitated through the relationship with Six Course Records. The song which was produced by Kelsey Gonzalez exposes the singer’s utilization of powerful vocals and bold Jamaican patois, blending traditional R&B/soul which influences her sound.
“Music has always felt instinctual to me. When I’m spilling over with feelings I write it, when I’m happy I sing, when I’m frustrated I dance to it,” she continues while expressing the love for her art, “my relationship with music is the only one that has remained reciprocal and at the risk of sounding dramatic, it is my saving grace.” In the visuals of her song “If Only You Knew,” she travels on foot, by boat, car, and motorcycle over the easy-going rhythm simply to express and unapologetically display the depths of her love for her romantic interest. Director Yoram Savion captured the theme of “If You Only Knew” by filming Sevana in Dakar, Senegal, and Portland, Jamaica. In a sentence, Sevena’ music is a hallmark of peculiarity laced with beaming potentials.