Destra Garcia 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. From experiences you learn from your mistakes. You have to do what you have to do to make yourself happy.
She barely has time for herself, completing gigs with her band Atlantik as well as handling solo performances.
That’s just one of the sacrifices she’s had to make for her success. Another is spending quality time with her family and friends.
But she’s determined to achieve her dream of taking soca music to international markets.
A guaranteed hit with music loving audiences everywhere, her energetic performances and eye-catching costumes commanding cameras, you might think, it’s easy for all her success to go to her head but Destra knows the ropes in the competitive music arena. Audiences and critics always have their noses in the air for the next best thing, but she is prepared and her maturity is evident in her demeanor, her command of the stage, her writing and her sense of self.
“I’m a lot more relaxed and focused. I’m not worried about stuff that has nothing to do with what I’m doing. I’m concentrating on maintaining my voice, using new vocal techniques. I am engaging in a higher level of spirituality in my preparation. At Carnival you are studying so much more: the music, audiences, what people are saying about what you are doing, what you are wearing — so I am taking it all in stride because with God anything is possible,” she explained.
“Everybody is experimenting to see if we could all take soca to another level. I think soca is already good, I’ve decided to see if I can make it more marketable. I’m all for experimenting but I want to keep most of the elements that already exist.”