Jana Bent is a Jamaican who has worked in the entertainment business as a dancer, choreographer and backing vocalist, touring with The Wailers, Julian Marley, Damian Marley and Shaggy among others. She recorded 3 albums of all original songs, with her Producer/brother Rupert Bent III, (musical director for Sean Paul) including the hits: “You So Fine”, “My Man Dat” and “No Regrets” featuring Bounty Killer.
Jana Bent is the Producer of The Reggae Pickney™ Children’s Edu-Tainment Series of multimedia products.
Jana is also a gifted songwriter, with a publishing administration deal with the Royalty Network in New York City and has written songs for placement on international TV shows and movies. She has songs that have been placed on shows such as ‘American Idol; MTV’s ‘The Hills’; “The City”, “Privileged” and in the movie “Spring Breakdown” .
Recently, a twist of fate led her to shift away from a performing career, to form her own company, KQC Enterprises, that creates children’s Edu-tainment products under the brand name Reggae Pickney™ with Jamaican and Caribbean educational content, using entertainment to deliver environmental protection messages and themes from the early childhood curriculum. The first product, was a CD Storybook, “Shaggy Parrot and the Reggae Band”, featuring the voice of Grammy Winning Reggae Artiste, Shaggy, and authentic reggae music by her brother Rupert. This first book has been named one of the Top 60 Books by a Caribbean Author Every Student Should Read, by the Jamaica Library Service. This CD Storybook also won the 2009 Seal of Approval from the National Parenting Center, the world’s largest Parenting advocacy group.
The second CD Storybook in the series “The Reggae Band Rescues Mama Edda Leatherback”, funded by the Environmental Foundation of Jamaica, is endorsed by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and WIDECAST, the sea turtle authorities for this hemisphere.
Both CD Storybooks were developed with guidance from early childhood education authorities and environmental agencies, and are listed on the Early Childhood Curriculum Resource List for Jamaica.
The book series is just the beginning of great plans. Jana still has a twinkle in her eyes for hitting it big, but this time with her dreams for a Caribbean enterprise patterned off of the Disney Corporation.
Listen to her engaging interview.