The capital of Cuba, the most famous cigar. these are the things that come to mind when one thinks of Havana. Havana is about to be redefined in the consciousness of the music loving world as 'The Irish Girl with Latin Spirit' with her urban dance sound with a Latin twist.
Hailing from a small village outside Cork, Havana, the youngest of nine children, was discovered by one half of a London music management team by chance. This gutsy driven artist had managed to blag her way on stage as a support act for Elton John when he played in her home town of Cork, by hounding local promoter, Kenny Lee of Aiken promotions who agreed to put her on the bill. He knew that this was something special.Her effortless style and captivating looks took his breath away. It was just pure raw talent. Before the end of the evening, he was on the phone to London based manager David Kraftman, and it was not long before he agreed to bring her over to London.
In just over a year, so much has happened with many of London' s top music professionals wanting to work with this unsigned artist from Southern Ireland.
Her debut solo single 'Dance Like That' released in April, has been playing all around the major clubs in UK and Europe and filled the dance floors as it has stormed to a top 5 club position in the charts. Plus an appearance with Tony Hadley on 'This Morning' and already on the A list celebrity circuit.
She has already worked with many of London's top producers including Pete Hammond, one of Kylie's producers, the famous mixmaster. He believes she has the most fantastic pop voice, which is right up there with the best of them.
Pete Bassett, Managing Director, of Quite Great Communications , also immediately fell for Havana's vocal talent and he should know a thing or two about talent having worked with the likes of Russell Watson, Van Morrison , Cher, Paul Simon, Simple Minds, Dionne Warwick, Aretha Franklin, Guns n Roses right through to the likes of Nerina Pallot. All it took was the YouTube video clip of Havana, singing her own interpretation of, the Neil Diamond classic, 'Hello Again' and he was hooked. The mix of Mariah Carey'esque vocals and looks were enough to get his team on board, check out the link and see if you agree with them...
In her dance routines, she has been likened to Shakira, a complement indeed. Her management team also secured a deal to do a duet with the legendary Tony Hadley to record a new version of Spandau Ballet's True as the end credit song for From The Ashes which premiered in London on May 10th with a nationwide release. For the premiere, which had a star studded guest list, she was dressed by Paul Costelloe.
One shouldn't be fooled by this sweet little thing from Cork. She has an astute head on her young shoulders. She has an aura around her that captivates all that meet her. And she has brains as well. She is also launching a new range of lingerie and swimwear together with Kraftman, whose original background is retail.
2012 looks like being a very exciting year for Havana with her debut album almost complete with some major world superstars collaborating on the album. Her aim is really just to cheer up the world with her love of music and let them escape the every day drudgery and fears that seem to be enveloping everyone at the moment, and let them share 'the wonderful world of Havana'.