Brettina is an internationally acclaimed jazz singer and songwriter, model, and SAG actress, currently based out of Los Angeles, California. Brettina writes and performs sultry genre-defying music, fusing traditional jazz with the island tones of her Caribbean heritage.
Born in The Bahamas in the capital city of Nassau, Brettina moved to Chicago with her family while she was a toddler when her mother, gospel-singer/actress Leona Coakley Spring, began acting in the popular stage plays "The Crucible," and "The Other Cinderella." Brettina moved back to the Bahamas during her school years.
While attending C.I. Gibson School in the Bahamas, Brettina won the title of "Miss Bahamas Talented Teen" and earned a scholarship to the University of Washington.
Brettina began singing at age four, under the influence of her mother, as well as her uncles, Theo and Kirk Coakley of the popular Funk/Soul group: T-Connection.
T-Connection scored two hits on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1977 and 1979 and had five Top 10 hits on the US Hot Dance Music/Club Play charts, including "Do What You Wanna Do", which reached #1 and peaked at #11 on the UK Singles Chart along with other top entries. "Groove To Get Down" has been heavily sampled since its inclusion in the 1986 Ultimate Breaks & Beats series. Brettina also included a mesmerizing rendition of their hit "Paradise" on her debut album, paying homage to her trailblazing relatives.
Brettina cites as some of her other influences: Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Shirley Horn, Shirley Bassey, Sade, Adele, Diana Krall, Brenda Russell, Corinne Bailey Rae, Tiwa Savage and LIRA.
Brettina draws a lot of inspiration from the world music scene and relishes every opportunity she gets to visit her global audience. She hopes to perform soon again in the Bahamas and other Caribbean countries, once pandemic restrictions get lifted.
Fans have been eagerly waiting since discovering Brettina's self-titled debut album 10 years ago and falling in love with her irresistibly soothing and sincerely intimate sound. Brettina is also looking forward to performing in Europe and growing her audience there, as well as for her many fans across Africa where she has developed a huge following. The ascending success of her sophomore EP New Day with critics and fans alike, undoubtedly fueled by the two hit singles Bop Baiyé and Simple Pleasures, has created momentum behind the title of: "The new face of Jazz."
Brettina taps into personal experiences as well for her songwriting. For the album Brettina, she cited her humble childhood as the inspiration for Poor Old Times; her fondness for the drink manifested itself into Chai, and childhood memories were the inspiration for covering the Belafonte-Burgess song Island In The Sun.
"I was sent a personal email from a young girl all the way from across the world who told me how one of my previous songs Pardon the Storm, got her through the Night. I wrote that song at a time when I also needed to get through the Night. It made me realize that if I can write music that touches one person then it is all worth it."
This process has continued for New Day."There is no secret recipe. I start a song when I hear a beautiful melody, then the writing starts there. You just have to dig deep. I might write three different versions of a chorus or more until I’m satisfied."
New Day is now featured on all streaming platforms.