Friday, November 27, 2009

Patra

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."
Patra made her first impression on the U.S. music charts in 1993 as a featured singer on reggae singer Shabba Ranks' song "Family Affair" along with R&B singers Terri & Monica. The song peaked at #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #16 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks. The song was featured on the movie soundtrack to "Addams Family Values."
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.
The second single from the album "Worker Man" peaked at #53 on the Billboard Hot 100, #27 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #5 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for a week in June of 1994, #7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #20 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
The last single from the album "Romantic Call" featuring rapper Yo Yo peaked at #55 on the Billboard Hot 100, #9 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart, #21 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #35 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 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 first single from the album "Pull Up to The Bumper" peaked at #60 on the Billboard Hot 100, #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles chart, #21 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks and #50 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The title song featuring Aaron Hall, peaked at #82 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #31 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 14 weeks.
After taking a few years off to spend time with her family, Patra released her third album "The Great Escape" in 2003 and released the single "Pressure Me."

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.
Patra released a buzz track entitled "Bad Inna Bed" and a digital single "Come Ova" featuring Delus in June of that same year.

In 2013, she announced the lead single off her forthcoming album, "Sweet Reggae Music."

To see the music video for "Romantic Call," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJF-f8KKDs4

To see the music video for "Pull Up To The Bumper," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYwBtaXTg0o

To see the music video for "Think (About It)," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KCf88oi-F9o

To see the music video for "Family Affair" with Shabba Ranks and Terri & Monica, go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NYx1I5vvAG8

To see the music video for "Scent of Attraction," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykUTvG14I8s

To see the music video for "Worker Man," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfBqBhL6JKU

To see a fan-made video for "Bad Inna Bed," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1V2q4tVd-Uo

To see the music video for "Come Ova," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POz8eVj6lqo


[updated on 05/31/13]

1 comment:

HeRBaN LyRiX said...

I have always dug Patra, didn`t even know that she released anything else after "Scent Of Attraction". Thanks for the info`...












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