One of dancehall’s most successful female artistes, Patra, us gearing up to release a comeback album this summer.
The upcoming 12-track untitled LP is the follow up to her 2005 album “Where I’ve Been.” Patra, who has been missing from the scene for the last seven years, said it was a much needed break.
“I have turned down several shows, so it was not a matter of me not getting calls for events. I was tired and suffering from depression as I wanted to get out of my contract and, to me, the process was crawling,” Patra said.
Patra was previously signed to Spec/Shang Records, along with fellow 1990’s dancehall stars Shabba Ranks and Cobra. She is now signed to A&R Executive/Producer Rich Nice.
Patra said her comeback will bring out her raw sex appeal with a new mature edge.
“I’m a sex symbol and I am ready to give a show. I am back with a new mature edge. It is not about going on stage and spitting lyrics. 2012 will see the return of the ‘Queen’ in full force,” she added.
Patra, who completed her Bachelor’s Degree in history and political science while on her break, shot to international fame with a feature on Shabba Ranks 1994 hit single Family Affair. The track peaked at number 84 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.
Patra’s first solo record, “Worker Man”, peaked at #53 later that year on Billboard Hot 100, reached the Top 20 on the R&B chart and #1 on the U.S. Dance chart.
She would went on to release several charted singles including “Romantic Call” with emcee Yo-Yo, “Think (About It)” and “Pull Up To The Bumper.”
Her debut, album Queen of The Pack, peaked #1 on the Reggae albums chart and her second album, Scent of Attraction, though sold slightly less peaked at #2.
Writer: Soje Leslie