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Destra Garcia

Published:Tuesday | January 17, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Performs on Saturday, January 28

Top 3 Songs:

I Dare You

Max It Up


Destra Garcia, born in Trinidad, has grown from strength to strength since her 1999 debut and the entertainer is showing no signs of slowing down - challenging herself every year, taking her music and her fans along for the exciting journey.

Her music has already proved its staying power and its ability to captivate multiple markets. Destra has won fans the world over and has set the mark for high-energy live sets that leave audiences wanting more.

She firmly believes that you learn more as you grow and that you have to do what you have to do to make yourself happy. She barely has time for herself, completing gigs with her band as well as handling solo performances. To add to the mix, Destra has to make time for her pride and joy, baby girl Xaiya.

In 2006, Destra signed with telecommunications giant Digicel to become the organisation's first female spokeswoman in Trinidad and Tobago.

Destra has shared the stage with international superstars like Heather Headley, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Ja-Rule, Rihanna, Mary J Blige, Patti La Belle, Natalie Cole, Diana Ross, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder and Beyoncé.

The soca queen has now released seven albums, her first being Red, White and Black in 2003, Laventille (pre-release) and Laventille (2005), Independent Ladies (2006), Soca or Die (2007) and in 2008, HOTT.

Soca favourite

Her latest released album, Welcome Back, showcases all of her 2011 hit songs as a soloist and three collaborations. The effort shows she continues to be a favourite, with her music now available on Amazon and iTunes.

Her two new releases (Beautiful Day and Breaking Away) have also created waves in the dance and house music categories.

Over the last six years, Destra has won many awards, some of which include 14 Soca awards and five COTT awards - three of which were for best female songwriter - from 2004-2007 and best pan song, 2006. She remains the most requested female soca artiste in the world.

Her latest acclaim would be 'Best Female Soca Performer' at the International Reggae and World Music Awards held in Trinidad earlier this year.

Another great accomplishment for the lady of many talents is the acquisition of her own band.