Friday, July 19, 2024

Star on the Rise

In an era of music dominated by bubblegum-pop singers, Haven Star is striking a chord by going old school. When asked about her influences, the Boca native points to blues legends Etta James and Billie Holiday, as well as modern-day influences Eva Cassidy and Joss Stone.

Even more impressive, given her own soulful sound, is the fact that Star is only 14. Fresh off a stirring summer headline performance at Old School Square in Delray Beach, the talented young vocalist is gaining a following thanks, in part, to her honest, emotional connection to a genre that few in her generation follow.

“It’s just something that I feel,” Star says of her passion for the blues.

Star credits her father, Troy Ross, with sparking her interest as a toddler. Ross played in a bluesy rock band; by age 2, his daughter already was starting to sing. And sing well.

“She has gotten better and better every day,” Ross says. “Haven doesn’t sound like a 14-year-old girl.”

Star says that her friends support her musical ambitions; they even enjoy hearing some classic blues tunes, often for the first time. Part of Star’s appeal is the fresh take that she’s able to put on jazz and blues standards. But that’s hardly the only style of music in her wheelhouse. Star, who also plays piano and guitar, performed with the 82-piece Miami Symphony Orchestra last year at a sold-out concert inside the Adrienne Arsht Center that celebrated The Beatles’ 50th anniversary of arriving in Miami. Star performed “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Give Peace a Chance,” drawing a standing ovation.

Aside from performing, the high-school freshman enjoys being a normal teenager. In her spare time, she loves to draw and wants to learn how to surf. She aspires to be somebody that people can look to for inspiration. She thrives off of making people happy through her music.

“It’s nice to be able to do what you love and make people feel good because of it,” Star says with a look of pure joy on her face.

To find out where Star is performing next, visit facebook.com/havenstarross.

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About Jackie

Jackie Smith is a junior at the University of Florida majoring in public relations and minoring in leadership, who is interning at Boca Magazine this summer. She is a reality television fiend with an insatiable sweet tooth and a passion for all things beauty. Discovering new places and meeting new people inspire this Boca Raton native. You can reach Jackie at jackiesmith@bocamag.com.

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