Jentina

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This article is about the singer/rapper. For her self-titled debut album, see Jentina (album).
Jentina
Born (1984-03-06) 6 March 1984 (age 30)
Woking, England
Origin England
Genres Hip hop, rap, R&B, grime, dance, electronica
Years active 2004–2005 singer
Labels Virgin Records
(2004 - 2005)
Associated acts Cathy Dennis, The Prodigy

Jentina Rose Rees (née Chapman) (born 6 March 1984, Woking, England) professionally known as Jentina, is a British hip hop/R&B singer, rapper, songwriter and model of Romani descent.

Biography[edit]

Jentina was born to a Romani family that consisted of fourteen children. When she was one year old, her family moved to West Molesey, Surrey. She got her first recording contract at the age of nineteen whilst working in a computer shop.

After an advertising campaign on television and features in various UK music magazines, (notably NME), her debut single "Bad Ass Strippa" was released in the summer of 2004. The song was later parodied by the grime MC Lady Sovereign. Sampling an O'Jays song, it topped the Box chart for a week, but ultimately it reached number 22 in the UK Singles Chart.[1] Jentina's second single, "French Kisses" was written by Cathy Dennis and Greg Wells and was a more electro-hop/R&B-oriented record. The single was released in the autumn of 2004, entering the UK chart at number 20.[1] Jentina released another single after this in Italy only, "Mysterious". It reached the Top 30 in Italy. Her debut album Jentina was then released, again only in Italy.

In 2005, "Bad Ass Strippa", "French Kisses" and "Mysterious" gained worldwide exposure after featuring in episodes of CSI: NY.[2] In 2006, "Mysterious" underscored some of the audition stages of MTV's DanceLife.[3]

During 2005, Jentina dated The Prodigy member Keith Flint. She also has a son called Ralph and a daughter called Annie.

Jentina was also a professional model.[4] In November 2007, she represented lingerie brand Wonderbra, following on from the likes of Eva Herzigová and Caprice. She featured in a spoof video[5] of the Cadbury's popular Gorilla television advertisement, in which a gorilla played the drums to the Phil Collins single, "In The Air Tonight".[6]

During 2011, Jentina was the judging panel for "Travellers Got Talent",[7] she also appeared in the 8 part documentary "A Gypsy Life For Me" which aired on Bio in November 2011.[8]

Currently Jentina is keeping a low profile, and raising a family.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Album information Jentina
  • Released: 2005
  • Format: CD

Singles[edit]

Year Title Peak chart positions Album
UK[1] IT AUS
2004 "Bad Ass Strippa" 22 20 49 Jentina
"French Kisses"1 20
2005 "Mysterious"2 30
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or was not released in that country or territory.

1 - Released in the United Kingdom only.
2 - Released in Italy only.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 282. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "CSI NY Soundtrack Guide". TuneFind. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "MTV Dancelife". Adtunes Forums. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "A Gypsy Life For Me Episode1 (A)". YouTube. 17 November 2011. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Video.aol.com". Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Wonderbra - Two Cups Full of Joy". The Inspiration Room. Retrieved 17 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "Meet the Gypsies - A Gypsy Life For Me on Bio". Thebiographychannel.co.uk. Retrieved 13 April 2012. 
  8. ^ "A Gypsy Life For Me - TV Shows on Bio". Thebiographychannel.co.uk. Retrieved 13 April 2012.