Indra is a singer and internationally-charted songwriter from Barbados with a refreshingly tropical style, sweet soulful voice, and love for being in creation. The indie artist is just as at home in the studio and onstage as she is in the garden and kitchen, and has been featured in the disciplines of song, dance, poetry, and visual art.
Her message music refreshes the soul, touches pressing topics, stirs up compassion and consideration for the less fortunate, the hungry, homeless and mistreated. Growing up in a household with one parent struggling with M.S, the early passing of her grandmother, then almost giving up on life at 16, and later the tragic death of a musical sister and friend, Indra learned about the fragility of this life, the importance of love and call to encourage others.
She recorded “Most Divine” album with living music legend Eddy Grant in 2007 (after being a background vocalist for the label), and solo songs with producers Chris Allman, Mr. Vegas, Mikie Bennett and Rory Stone Love in 2012. In 2013, she returned to Barbados from Jamaica, moved to a farm in the countryside, recorded in her home studio and started growing food, hiking and blogging.
The Bajan Trini songwriter of indigenous Kalinago heritage was selected through the years to represent Barbados at leading music expositions, MIDEM (Cannes, France), “South By South West” S.X.S.W (Austin, Texas), WSIS (Geneva, Switzerland), C.M.E/U.N.E.S.C.O (Jamaica) & WOMEX (Copenhagen, Denmark) and penned 8 songs for Mr. Vegas’ “Beautiful Life” album featuring reggae gems with Nadine Sutherland and Luciano.
She has sung at 5+ star resorts, music festivals, weddings, Joshua House Children’s Home, memorials, a prison concert, and charity events and served Bajan communities as a vocal coach to as-risk youth and aspiring artists, an inspirational speaker at schools and volunteer on Upright Farm. Her flagship (penned) song, “Sweet Jamaica,“ originally sung by Mr. Vegas was then remade with him alongside reggae veteran, Josie Wales and platinum artist, Shaggy, then adapted as “Sweet Lamoka” by Mtu Wangu Lamo from Kenya and again by Jamaica All Stars.
From being a recording background vocalist for many Caribbean artistes to singer, composer and writer behind one of the leading lifestyle Caribbean blogs, itsjoywithin.com Indra continues to grow from strength to strength and gives all the glory to The Most High.
Currently recording an album and 2 reggae singles with U.K based producer, Kris Kemist of Reality Shock Records, Indra is determined to continue using her God-given musical gift to encourage and uplift the overwhelmed and be a voice for the voiceless.
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“When all is said and done, it’s all about the music, and Indra to my mind has demonstrated that she has learned her trade well. In every department she ranks among the best there is, and I find no difficulty in saying, that across all entertainment disciplines, she is the best and most naturally gifted female artist to have arrived on the Caribbean entertainment scene. Hopefully it won’t be too long before the rest of the world acknowledges that the same should be said for everywhere.” – EDDY GRANT (C.E.O. Ice Music Ltd & Related Companies)
“Whether it’s singing, dancing and acting, Indra has proven herself to be versatile and gifted in whatever medium she directs her talents.” – THE NATION Newspaper
Songwriting on the charts (“Sweet Jamaica,” “Journey,” and “Stronger”): #1MTV Africa, #1 German reggae charts, #1 BBC 1 Xtra, #5 U.K reggae charts, #5 David Rodigan’s “Hot Hits” List, #7 Billboard reggae, Best Female Soca Artiste (B.M.A) nominated for Best Inspirational/Gospel at the B.M.As.