STARTING OFF BY APPEARING IN LOCAL TALENTS SHOWS AND OPEN MICS; PETRAA PERFORMED THROUGHOUT THE CITY OF TORONTO, AN ECLECTIC STYLE OF R’N’B AND REGGAE VIBES
speaking on messages of love, spirituality and consciousness. She had the ability earlier on in her career to captivate a crowd and take them somewhere magical. While on this journey she attended York University in Toronto, where she discovered the joy of the on-campus radio station, CHRY 105.5 FM. It was while at the station she gained the opportunity to have her own radio show that allowed her to express herself and showcase her on-air talent and skills, while providing a platform for upcoming artists like herself. At the station she came in contact with an upcoming Record label by the name of Qryptonik Records. While briefly signing to the label from 2007- 2012, the label gave Petraa the support needed to allow her to reach to a wider audience through interviews with Rogers TV, Much Music and variety of other publications. After featuring on the single, “Butterfly” with label mate Janny Popps, the song gained popularity on radio stations and on Much Music. The single received an award from New York’s WBLK 93.7 Unsigned Hype for Best Hip Hop Song that year.
Moving Forward to Jamaica
Although things seemed to be going well for Petraa, after years of establishing herself in Toronto, she still didn’t feel like she was getting as far ahead with her music the way she had hoped; her messages weren’t being heard. It was at that point Petraa made a fight or flight decision. This decision led her to pack up and head to the sunny island of Jamaica.
Petraa felt if she was to be taken seriously as a Reggae Artist, she had to go to where reggae music began. Although, Petraa travelled to Jamaica back and forth over the next two years, it wasn’t until the end of 2015 that Petraa began to start her Musical journey full force again. Petraa met up with local promoters and producers to embark on her new project.
Signed to a Record Label
Petraa chose to call Qryptonik to set up a meeting. Briefly signing to the label in 2007, Petraa performed under the pseudo name of “Petra the Empress”. With the support of Qing Que, CEO of Qryptonik, the label gave her the support needed to allow Petraa to reach to a wider audience through interviews with Rogers TV, Much Music and variety of other publications.
After featuring on the single, “Butterfly” with label mate Janny Popps, the song began to gain popularity on radio stations and on Much Music. The single received an award from New York’s WBLK 93.7 Unsigned Hype for Best Hip Hop Song that year.
I make music for the world to hear, enjoy and love….I want to be able to tell a story many can relate to on many levels
Having been influenced by great Artists such as Marcia Griffiths, Bob Marley, Beres Hammond, Lauryn Hill, Erykah Badu, Chronixx, Jah Cure and Motown, Petraa loves and appreciates good music and the people that have made them. It can be seen and expressed in her writing style and the way she tells her stories with her voice. Many who hear Petraa, have compared her to reggae Princess Etana. Although Petraa loves, respects and appreciates the comparison, Petraa is ready to create and leave her own mark in the Reggae industry.
Petraa promises to bring something familiar but eclectically different from what is out there in the Reggae scene. Mixing her British upbringing with her Vincentian/Kittitian Roots, Petraa’s music of love, life, experience and consciousness is heavily influenced by Jamaican culture; which she was exposed to growing up. Being raised around Lovers Rock and Reggae Music from the 1970s/80s era has influenced Petraa’s style. For her, this was a time when “Reggae was felt more so than heard”. It is this that Petraa wants her listeners to experience through her music; mixing this with an array of soulful vocals and sounds but also with a melodic twist that at times can be up tempo and up beat allowing the listener to jump to their feet in an expression of dance.
With the talent, the looks and the personality that Petraa has, some of the top artists in Reggae are soon going to have to take notice of this rising star. As her passion, drive and determination is one that is striving for longevity in the industry not just momentary success.
She is here to tell her story and the stories of others; to be a voice for the voiceless and for those who have not yet made it. World, let’s introduce……PETRAA!!!
Life tried to crush her, but only succeeded in creating a diamond
PETRA - CHANGES EP
Love is Eternal
Remember the first time, That we met, Caught your eyes from across the room I was shy, but then you grabbed my hand, And asked me to dance, I felt heaven sent Fairytale, I want this to last, Our connection so magnificent
Love is eternal It means so much Nothing will come, Between our love (Repeated) Love is eternal It means so much Nothing will come, Between our love.
Speeding through downtown, Wind blowing in my hair, Don't know what the night holds, But damn, who cares I'm with you and that's what matters Know your gonna take me there, Where the moon and the stars lay, Ecstasy's awaiting us there. (Awaiting us there, babe)
Two souls attract, (Two souls attract) We have special bond (We have a special bond) See us years from now, With a family, so wonderful (I said) Back to- tonight, Lets get it on, Heart pounding, all night long, yeah yeah yeah
(last Chorus - end of song)
Love is eternal, Oh Its mean so much babe Nothing will come Between our love babe Oh baby, it means so much Nothing will come.... Hey hey, hey hey, I say I say, I say I say baby Hey hey, love is eternal, It means so much to you to me, to you to me, to you to me baby Hey babe, hey yeah Hey yeah Hey yeah.... Oh whoa... Hey yeah Oh whoa...baby I love I love you Love is so eternal I need you, I need you Love is so eternal....
But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness.
No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful.
Pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful.