Stephanie Hava is a Jamaican singer-songwriter, music producer, model and entrepreneur; born in the parish of St. Catherine on November 15 and raised in the country’s capital, Kingston. Her sound may best be described as reggae fusion; incorporating the undeniable essence of reggae, R&B, soul, dancehall, and pop.
Having completed high school (The Queen’s School) where she sang on both school choir and The Performing Arts Society Chorale, she led a cabaret band called Steele Force for two years. Stephanie then went on to join the Ashe Caribbean Performing Arts Company where she trained and toured as a principal singer, dancer, and musical theatre actor. The budding artist delved further into the world of music doing backing vocals and started working for both local and international artists. One of the most impressionable experiences is her six (6) months gig with Basque band singer Fermin Muguruza where she travelled the world singing in the ancient European tongue of Basque, French, English and Spanish. Stephanie started to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology but music kept calling, and after two years studying and touring she answered the call of music full time. The singer-songwriter has also toured and recorded with international reggae band Groundation, Cherine Anderson, Coco Tea, Chaka Demus & Pliers and Mr. Vegas.
In 2009 Stephanie was invited to be a part of a group to record what turned out to be two studio albums with Sly & Robbie for Sony Music Japan. Along with her group members Chantelle Ernandez and Scantana they made up the multifaceted UNITZz. With two albums ‘J Paradise’ and ‘J Lovers’, UNITZz has gained tremendous success in Japan. “J Paradise” received a Grammy mention in the 2010 Grammy nominations in the category of “best pop vocals”; appearing in field one of the potential nominees. UNITZz also, with Stephanie on lead vocals was a part of the 53rd (2011) Grammy nominations in the reggae category; with a Lady Antebellum cover ‘Need You Now’ on the compilation album ‘Sly & Robbie & The Taxi Gang – One Pop Reggae’.
A seasoned songwriter, Stephanie is signed to Rebel America Inc. (production and publishing company in Dallas, Texas) where she writes and records songs for placements on television shows, movies, international ad campaigns, labels, etc. Since the start of this exciting journey with Rebel America in 2010, she has managed to land several song placements. Three of these placements include a collaboration (done with rapper E.T) named ‘Have You Ever’ that was picked up by UK reality show ‘Jeremy Kyle Show’ for their Intranet Web Ad, ‘If This Is Real’ was picked up by Lifetime TV’s ‘Dance Moms Miami’ for episode 5 of their first season and, ‘Together’ was placed with the MTV reality series ‘MADE’.
In February of 2013 Stephanie founded the production company Havatio Music. In the same year her debut EP “Real Woman” was released on February 13 and debut album “The Christmas Collection” released November 20 under the Havatio Music label.
In the fast paced life of music the mother of two finds time to organize an annual charity event dubbed Classic Duets; a live show that raises funds for select causes. Additionally, along with a group of music industry professionals, Stephanie is a Director for the Gungo Walk World Alternative Music and Arts Festival in Jamaica. Stephanie’s portfolio also boasts that of music producer, event producer, host and model. She has etched herself in the live music community in Jamaica as a major player with products such as ‘Musixology’ and ‘Soul Sessions Ja’. Her career as a model is young but along with her success as a recording artist; her natural gift of being in front of the camera has definitely poised her for great success in this field.
Stephanie definitely raised the bar in 2015 with the release of her sophomore album ‘Catharsis’; a musically sophisticated project, edgy and sexy, sprinkled with the brilliant contributions from producers such as Collin ‘Bulby’ York and Dynasty Records/Loud City Music from California. Collaborations feature veteran reggae artist Lymie Murray and fast rising Jamaican artist RR. Also big on the 2015 scroll is the collaborative cover of the Heptone’s hit “Baby” with the great Chaka Demus and Lymie Murray.
Stephanie Hava is currently an internationally touring artiste, spreading the reggae-fusion sound all over the world.