Patra (born Dorothy Smith on January 22, 1972 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a female reggae/R&B singer. In the late 80s, she started out as a female dancehall deejay using the stage name "Lady Patra."
During that same year, she released her debut album, "Queen of the Pack" which peaked at #103 on the Billboard 200, #15 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, #10 on Billboard's Heatseekers Albums chart and topped Billboard's Top Reggae Albums chart.
The first single, a cover version of Lynn Collins' classic song "Think (About It)" peaked at #21 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #44 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #89 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
In 1995, Patra was featured on the song "Freedom" featured on the "Panther" movie soundtrack and was featured on C&C Music Factory's remix of their song, "Take a Toke."
In the same year, she released her sophomore album, "Scent of Attraction" which peaked at #151 on the Billboard 200, #28 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, #10 on Billboard's Heatseekers album chart, and #2 on Billboard's Top Reggae Albums chart.
The following year, she appeared on the "Two Culture Clash" project where she was featured on the lead single from the album "How Do You Love" featuring reggae artist Danny English.
In 2005, Patra released her fourth album "Where I've Been" through the independent record label Wall Street Entertainment along with the singles "Man Dem Thriller" and "Black Cinderella." During that same year, she was arrested on fraud charges, but was released on bail.
After that, Patra took time off again from the music scene, becoming more spiritually connected to God and completing her Bachelor's Degree in History and Political Science. In 2012, she signed with Veal-Steen Music and did a series of shows & interviews along working on her fifth studio album.
In 2013, she announced the lead single off her forthcoming album, "Sweet Reggae Music."
To see the music video for "Romantic Call," go to:
To see the music video for "Pull Up To The Bumper," go to:
To see the music video for "Think (About It)," go to:
To see the music video for "Family Affair" with Shabba Ranks and Terri & Monica, go to:
To see the music video for "Scent of Attraction," go to:
To see the music video for "Worker Man," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Bad Inna Bed," go to:
To see the music video for "Come Ova," go to:
[updated on 05/31/13]