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Brief History

Anna-Sharé Blake (born 1991), known professionally as Sevana, is a Jamaican singer, actress, and model. Under Protoje's In.Digg.Nation Collective label, Sevana released her self-titled EP in 2016. She made her major label debut in 2020 with Be Somebody.

In 2008, at 16 years old, Sevana entered the local music competition Digicel Rising Stars, where she formed the girl group SLR with two other girls from her school. Her group advanced into the top ten of the competition and placed in third. SLR broke up the next year in 2009, and Sevana went on a hiatus from music. During her hiatus, Sevana worked several jobs as a customer service agent, social media coordinator, and waitress after graduating from Manning's School.

In 2014, Sevana resumed writing and performing music. Later that year, she was featured on reggae singer Protoje's "Sudden Flight" on his album Ancient Future. She also began to regularly appear with his band, Indiggnation, in live performances, and later toured with the band in July 2015. In April 2015, Protoje signed Sevana under his In.Digg.Nation Collective label. Sevana released her eponymous EP in 2016, and embarked on a European tour. After the release, in 2016, she played the lead role in the Television Jamaica mini web series, Losing Patience. She later collaborated with the creators of Losing Patience for the music video of her 2018 single "Justice", on the effects of climate change on the environment.

Sevana halted touring plans in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In April 2020, the In.Digg.Nation Collective entered into a record deal with RCA Records and Six Course Media Group, through which music by In.Digg.Nation musicians Protoje, Lila Iké, and Sevana would be released. In May, Sevana appeared with Freddie McGregor on Digicel Unplugged, an online performance series.

In July 2020, Sevana released "If You Only Knew", the first single on Be Somebody, her second EP and her major label debut. Later that month, Sevana released Be Somebody, with a DancehallMag reviewer praising her "sultry vocals and strong musical range."[12] In 2021, NPR aired Sevana's Tiny Desk Concert performance, which included songs from Be Somebody.