The 2019 BMA (Black Music Awards) Winner of “Best Female Jazz Vocalist Performer” for Las Vegas, will release the second single “Like The Sunshine (live)” from her critically acclaimed album Heritage Blue, ahead of her forthcoming appearance as part of the inaugural virtual CaliZona Vegas Festival, which will be available for streaming via Amazon Fire and Roku.
Habaka is a 4 octave Blues, Jazz and Gospel classic songstress-lyricist, educator, producer, and radio host, who spent 10 years based in Cremona, Italy.
Born in Nashville, TN from a family of musicians that played a part in our music history: Her grandfather Jeri Jackson pianist and promoter, Grandmother Irene Jackson dancer, her mother Mary Ann Jackson a dancer and jazz vocalist and her father Melvin Jackson Band leader to Bobby Bluebland 16 years, and saxophonist to the legendary B. B. King (King of the Blues) for more than a decade.
Habaka KFJ has performed on some of the hottest Blues and Jazz stages in the world. The famous Catalina Jazz Club (Los Angeles), The 56th, and 57th Annual Jazz and Blues Riverboat Cruise (Hartford, Connecticut), Suoni Di Marca Festival (Treviso, Italy) (Gdynia Blues Festival (Poland), Carpenetto Romano, San Vito Blues Soul Festival, Portello River Festival, Jazz in San Donà, Budapest Blues Festival, Tropea Blues, Torritta Blues, Pordenone Blues Fest, Narcaro Blues, Narni Blues, Bellinzona Blues Fest, and Trasimeno Blues) she has also shared the stage with such artists such as; The Original Blues Brothers, Bo-Diddley, Wilson Picket, Kenny Neal, Solomon Burke, Louisiana Red, Sandra Hall, Peach’s Staten, Ana Popovic, Scott Henderson, Sugar Blue and B. B. King to give you an idea of where she’s been and where she’s going.
In 2012, Habaka collaborated with the Bella Blues Band now called Shakeblues in Europe where she was featured on their new CD entitled “Blue @”, in March 2014 Habaka kfj under the distribution of Tate Music Group released her new CD entitled I Will Wait For You.
In 2016 Habaka released Heritage Blue on Husky Tone Records, stepping into her heritage paying homage to her lineage and she wears the crown belting out such classics as The Thrill Is Gone, Ain’t No Love (In The Heart Of The City), I Put A Spell On You, with a sprinkle of originals presented Habaka Style bringing you into the 21st century, a New Blues.
Reared in Bloomfield, CT, Habaka is known for changing her style with ease and Blues is no different. As she steps up to the mic from the first note, you’re in for a special treat. Her voice smooth and crystal clear, aggressive yet sultry with a 4 Octave range, commanding just what she wants from her musicians with the energy of Tina Turner, the sassiness of Eartha Kitt, big vibrato of Etta James and Mahalia Jackson. She wears the crown, it’s in her DNA!
Habaka will release her second single Like The Sunshine from the album Heritage Blue on 22nd October 2020.