Jamaican singer Sevana has confirmed that she parted ways with Protoje’s management company and label In.Digg.Nation, which had signed a deal with RCA Records/Six Course.
The 30-year-old, whose real name is Anna-Sharé Blake, recently told the Gleaner that the split was amicable and was part of a process of healing and soul searching.
“I’m never without company and support and In.Digg will remain my family. In this new season, I’m convicted that I need to move with a certain autonomy,” she said. “I want to speak on my own behalf, negotiate my own terms and conditions, decide how licensing will work – all of that. I’ve learned this is the best way to do it. That’s just how it works.”
The Mango singer is set to go on trial on October 31 in the Westmoreland Circuit Court on a death by dangerous driving charge following an accident last May.
According to police reports, Sevana was driving along the Scott Cove main road in Whitehouse, Westmoreland, when her Honda City motor collided with a Honda Fit going in the opposite direction. Ordia Cordiel, who was in the Fit, sustained severe injuries and was admitted to the Black River Hospital. She died on May 30.
Sevana’s driver’s license was issued on May 17, one week before the accident, according to police.
“After the tragedy, I was forced to go within and you kind of forced to acknowledge some truth, and the truth is, I was beginning a new season,” Sevana told talk show host Simone Clarke-Cooper.
“I know there is strength there, but I don’t proclaim to be the strong warrior. I held on to that narrative for a long time, and it hurt me because it made me avoid the pain, it made me avoid feeling, but there is strength in vulnerability and taking your time, and that’s what I am focusing on,” she continued.
In April 2020, it was announced that Protoje’s In.Digg.Nation collective had signed a deal with RCA Records and Six Course, initially to support himself, Sevana, and Lila Iké. Singer Jaz Elise was later added to the partnership in October 2020.
In July 2020, Sevana released her Be Somebody EP, which featured If Only You Knew, Mango and the title track Be Somebody.
Her latest song, Brand New, was released on the COLORSxSTUDIOS platform on February 21 and was produced by Kelsy Gonzalez of American R&B band Free Nationals.
Sevana has promised fans a slew of new music, moving forward. “I’m going to release one single every other month, or I’m going to try,” she offered in a release. “I’m going to challenge myself.”