Piano & Ballet
From 4 years old, her interest in The Arts was established and nurtured through piano lessons with “Madame” Provencal, endless hours listening in on choir rehearsals with The Cecilian Singers (of which her mum was a member), and ballet lessons with Penny Ramsey & Louise Woodvine, followed by The Dance Theatre, Salsita & Sankofa Productions.
4-year old detective
Also at 4, she started “The Secret Two,’ a detective agency with two other floating members. They had cases, files, ‘evidence,’ and stake-outs under neighbours’ windows. When their discoveries proved too disturbing, the ‘agency’ was closed and they returned to childhood activities like riding bicycles and playing ‘jacks,’ and ‘pick-up-sticks.’
Indra was a founding member of an all-female acapella group, “Legend” that went on to win both secondary school and college talent contests, before being signed by Artiste/Producer/Music Mogul, Eddy Grant to Ice Records Ltd.
They recorded background vocals for Grant on his “Hearts & Diamonds” album, songs for established calypsonians, and recorded a few singles of their own. The amicably disbanded 2 years after being signed, due to blossoming families and travel among the friends. Indra’s dad passed away just before that time, after a long struggle with Multiple Sclerosis.
Recording with a mentor
She remained with Ice Records where 2 solo albums were produced, and was the sole female background vocalist on Eddy Grant‘s “Reparations” album. Though her contract had expired, a lifelong friendship between her and The Grant family formed. She began working for Mrs. Grant in the office, and was introduced to the administrative side of the music industry, while serving as tour guide of the family’s historic estate and recording studio. Meanwhile, she sang in 5 star hotel & club bands, and at weddings while plaiting hair on the side, to support herself financially.
The gift of a guitar
It was her mentor and friend, Eddy, along with Grammy nominated producer, Jeff Glixman who recognized and encouraged her gift for songwriting. Then playing a 1-string guitar borrowed from her mum, Glixman and “Legend” invested in a new one, so she could continue writing acoustic songs. She eventually was invited on a U.K tour as a singing / dancing member of Aja & Fuzion’s Spoken Word ensemble.
Publishing & Travel
Indra enrolled in Music Publishing 101 course with Berklee Online, while on tour with HD band. She has shared the stage as a background vocalist at Madison Square Garden, Six Flags, Hammersmith Apollo, Rudolstadt Festival in Germany, Sfinks Festival in Belgium, St. Lucia Jazz Festival, Trinidad & Tobago Carnival, coached Singers/Songwriters (such as Livvi Franc, Robbi Niles, Roché of Classic Silhouettes, Melissa Alanna, Simon Pipe, Amelia Payne), and represented Barbados and The Caribbean at:
M.I.D.E.M, S.X.S.W, W.S.I.S, C.M.E/U.N.E.S.C.O & W.O.M.E.X.
Indra went on to serve as Vocal Coach for unemployed teens in the “Youth Achieving Results” program; an initiative of The Division of Youth Affairs, “Teen Starz” talent contest, and E.B.C.C.I “Youth Summer Arts.”
Studio session marathon
Her voice is on more than 1,000 recordings as background vocalist for The Caribbean’s A-list artistes, and award-winning producers. Indra was awarded for “a significant contribution to Caribbean calypso, soca, and zouk music” by the University of The West Indies (Cave Hill), and slated as 1 of 3 “Women In The Arts” by Girlfriends Expo.
After a year-long stint as an assistant booking agent, she was commissioned to compile Barbados’ Entertainment Directory, for Entertainment Network Inc. and later served the music community as freelance Documentation Specialist with C.O.S.C.A.P.
Loss & restoration
While at the agency, one of her closest friends – a cherished Dominican songstress, lost her life through horrid circumstances. Indra considered giving up music, and started building a blog that focuses on applying joy to everyday moments, homemaking, and outdoor adventures in Barbados, while working on a home decor hand-painted line. Months after, by grace, melodies started to flow – starting with “My All,” inspired by her friend’s full life of love.
2016 marked the launch of a film directed by “J.Life” entitled, “Once Upon A Time In Ichirouganaim,” for which she contributed as content writer. The film premiered at The Olympus Theatres, and won 6 awards at The Barbados Film & Visual Awards.
Currently, Indra manages the operations of Island Moon Music, and sings on occasions with Spice & Co. and The Nicholas Brancker Band. Most recently, Island Moon Music aligned a song placement featured in award-winning film, “A Caribbean Dream,” written & directed by Shakira M. Bourne.
Island Moon Music on the charts: