D-Andra was born Diandra Farquharson, a reggae baby born in Brooklyn but spent her early
childhood in Jamaica. One of five children, she was raised by her grandmother in Vineyard
Town, Kingston. Daughter to reggae legend Sammy Dread, she attended Vaz Preparatory
School by day and sat in on afternoon studio sessions with her father. By the age of 17 she
graduated from Wolmer’s High School for Girls with an overall understanding of her Jamaican
heritage and culture she maintained a strong affinity for music and sports.
Switching gears from her childhood ambitions of becoming an accountant, her musical abilities,
family background and creative interests in school, lead D-Andra towards starting her own band
in 2009. The band called “AGuynAGirl” has regulary enjoyed opportunities to play for local New
York City news stations and has taken stage in some the city’s well-established bars and
restaurants. During her time with AGuynAGirl, D-Andra enjoyed the opportunity to develop her
skills and began branching out into more solo projects by late-2016.
In late 2016, D-Andra also had the opportunity to collaborate with another Brooklyn-based artist
named Noel Black (of Corvus Entertainment). The collaboration resulted in a socially charged
EP entitled “Black Royalty.”
Most recently, D-Andra has been working on a new album entitled “Soapbox Electra.” The first
single "Da New" was released in spring 2017, earned her a spot on AfroPunks Battle of the
Bands contest that summer, where she placed as far as the semi-finals. The album is shaping
up to be a rhythmic, and lyrically poised collection of tracks from eclectic influences. On it,
D-Andra is creating a sound all her own, highly influenced as much by her Jamaican roots as by
her families’ musical legacy. She also draws influence from artists like Kanye West, Missy Elliott
, Vybz Kartel.


Empire State Music & Arts Festival 6:30 PM | Doors: 6:00 PM
Knitting Factory - BrooklynBrooklyn, NY
All Ages
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