Artist Profile: Queenie Catora

By :- Janette Brin


The Artist & Song Writer

Passionate, sultry, and soulful, are a few words to describe the beautiful songstress Queenie Catora. Born Samantha Grant in Staten Island, New York, to Cuban British-Jamaican parents, this multifaceted new artist Queenie Catora is inspired and influenced by her diverse ethnic background fusing R&B, Jazz, Alternative and Reggae, to create a unique style and genre fans and supporters have come love and appreciate. Queenie is a well-respected young writer and artist in the music industry, and has recently collaborated with and built a great working relationship with the likes of International Grammy winning entertainer “Shaggy”, reggae super star Gyptian and industry icons such as the late Chris Lighty.

In April 2012, Queenie Catora released her first single “Just Friends” globally on iTunes to great reviews, through her own label Queenie Catora Music Group, produced by Andre “GC” Fennell, a 6 timeGrammy nominated writer and producer, Also an Artist, he and has featured Queenie on his new “17”project with record producer Rich “Switch 17” Bennett on a record entitled “Thirsty”; the duet is scheduled to be released on Lightspeed Media and EMI first quarter of 2013. Along with her mother Denise Martindale Clarke, “GC” has also taken on influential role as a mentor to direct the future international star career, as Queenie is now looking to take her career to new heights. This rising star has already established a following on YouTube, twitter and facebook, #TeamCatora was created by her supporters, and has continued to do so on all popular social networking sites.

In the summer of 2012, Queenie Catora launched her independent tour, making her first stops in Jamaica W.I., among the venues scheduled, she has opened for dancehall legend Ninja Man in Spanish Town “Anso Thursdays”, where she was said to have “brought down the house”, says dancehall artist D’Angel with her new single “Money Come” on Shaggy’s Ranch Release “Calabash Riddim”, videos of her performances in Jamaica have since went viral and has raised her profile in the region. Queenie continues to perform and work hard at her craft, and her focus on bringing her sound to the masses is stronger than ever, a fashion designer in her own right, entrepreneur and now record producer, refusing to adapt to a sound or popular style of music. Queenie’s versatility will be more apparent as the project grows as her fans will love and appreciate her efforts on the entire body of work. Queenie Catora works closely on production to create her own sound and feel on each records, and this has evident in songs such as “Swing” and “Lust Combat”. Queenie’s love of music and her craft shines through her smile, and has often been described as having a lovable personality, beautiful, strong effortless voice, engaging charisma and a unique fashion sense and style, sets her apart from what we have come to accept as the norm.

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