Garcia has grown from strength to strength since her 1999 debut and the entertainer
is showing no signs of slowing down challenging herself every year, taking
her music and her fans along for the exciting journey.
music has already proved its staying power and its ability to captivate multiple
markets. Destra has won fans the world over and has set the mark for high energy
live sets that leave audiences wanting more.
firmly believes that you learn more as you grow. From experiences you learn from
your mistakes. You have to do what you have to do to make yourself happy.
barely has time for herself, completing gigs with her band Atlantik as well as
handling solo performances.
just one of the sacrifices shes had to make for her success. Another is
spending quality time with her family and friends.
shes determined to achieve her dream of taking soca music to international
hit with music loving audiences everywhere, her energetic performances and eye-catching
costumes commanding cameras, you might think, its easy for all her success
to go to her head but Destra knows the ropes in the competitive music arena. Audiences
and critics always have their noses in the air for the next best thing, but she
is prepared and her maturity is evident in her demeanor, her command of the stage,
her writing and her sense of self.
a lot more relaxed and focused. Im not worried about stuff that has nothing
to do with what Im doing. Im concentrating on maintaining my voice,
using new vocal techniques. I am engaging in a higher level of spirituality in
my preparation. At Carnival you are studying so much more: the music, audiences,
what people are saying about what you are doing, what you are wearing
so I am taking it all in stride because with God anything is possible, she
is experimenting to see if we could all take soca to another level. I think soca
is already good, Ive decided to see if I can make it more marketable. Im
all for experimenting but I want to keep most of the elements that already exist.
started singing calypso at the early age of 10 years old, at her then Primary
school St Crispin Anglican. She participated in many interschool calypso competitions
in her first competitive year, and actually won her first competition. Her
talents propelled her into the Junior Calypso Monarch competitions nationwide,
where she emerged victorious at the Burrokeets Junior and Senior Monarchs at the
age of 14 and 15 years old, and was a finalist at the NJAC Junior Calypso Competitions
and NCC Junior Calypso Monarch.
was also no stranger to new audiences being a member of the NCC Junior
performs with Third Base on the Link Up Productions hit, Ah Have A Man Already.
The track, which was spawned from the Pigtail Rhythm produced by Ken Holder, is
a runaway hit, audiences clamor for more from Destra.
the First lead Female vocalist of Roy Cape All Stars. Still holding
down her job at Mc Enearney Business Machines. In 2001, Destra shook
the airwaves with her third single, Tremble It. She placed fourth
in the Soca Monarch competition, and third in the Road March race.
The band traveled to gigs in North America, Europe and other parts
of the Caribbean.
The next year
she recorded three singles, off the Roy Cape CD, titled Set it off,
Sex Appeal, and Wrong Bam Bam, she was all over the radio and setting
fire to the clubs. After spending three and a half years with the
band, Destra resigned her position as lead female vocalist of the
Roy Cape All Stars, she immediately started work on her debut album
Red White Black and became the female lead vocalist for the band Atlantik.
In 2003, Destra
releases Red White Black. The album spawns the massive hit
Its Carnival it sweeps masqueraders through the streets
on Carnival Monday and Tuesday. The track also features vocals by
Machel Montano. Whey Yuh Want and Choo Choo are also crowd favorites.
sophomore effort Laventille embraces a subject close to her heart.
Thats where Im from and its to express the
view of Trinidad from Laventille the parallel between the two,
she explained. Its to give back to my people and produce something
good called Laventille to combat all the negativity associated
with the place. I would be nowhere if Trinidad were not so supportive
of me. I wanted to go deeper and I wanted to show that Im proud
of where I came from. Laventille contains tracks like Bonnie
and Clyde, Up in the air, Come Beta (with Road March King, Sherwin
Winchester), Negative Vibes and a club remix of Its Carnival.
It also features Rollercoaster, a song for pan written and produced
by Andre Tanker and a gospel track. The album features production
by Ken Marlon Charles (KMC), Junor Ibo Joseph, Brian Morris
and Ricardo Rameshwar.
She performs in
schools nationwide on a tour sponsored by FritoLay.
a successful tour of North America and the Caribbean on the strength
of her growing repertoire of hits.
The makers of
the internationally known Captain Morgans Rum use Destras
Bonnie and Clyde in their North American ad campaign. The ad is featured
in prime time spots on all major US cable music channels.
recording artiste, Kevin Lyttle introduces MTVs 10 Spot to Destra
when the DJ plays a recording of Its Carnival while he dances
with the crowd.
signs up with telecommunications giant, Digicel to become their first
female spokeswoman in Trinidad and Tobago.
her fourth album Independent Lady, which features the hits Independent
Lady, Aur Chale (with Dil E Nadan), Colors, Jumpin, Out Ah Time,
and Max It Up.
The Max It Up
video spends several weeks in the weekly video countdown program,
De Scene, on Synergy TV.
Destra has shared
the stage with international superstars like the Heather Headley,
Sean Paul, Shaggy, Ja-Rule, Rihanna, Mary J Blidge, Patti La Belle,
Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight and Stevie Wonder.
the past four years Destra has won many awards and accreditations
some of which include 12 Soca Awards and four COTT awards three of
which were best female songwriter from 2004-2007 and best pan song
2006. She remains the most requested female Soca artists of the Caribbean
and the world.
2008 Destra released
her 5 album which was a compilation of 2007 and 2008 songs which features
collaborations done by world famous Jamaican artists -Sean Paul and
is currently working on her new music videos soon to be release for her 2008 hit
soca songs - "Free It Up" with Sean Paul, "On the Floor" with
Vegas, "Wine It and Saddle" on the Banjo Riddim.
and her band is currently touring simultaneously working on her new album 2009.
Fans have a lot in store for them with her new direction and musical rythms bound
to rip the charts up for 2009.
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