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SAHRYA

Andrea Harding was born in in Greenwich, London, Her interest in music started from the young age of eight while still in primary school where she learned how to play brass instruments such as the trumpet and tenor horn and was exposed to classical music. Performing opportunities, through her music teacher, arose during this period with the school band, school choir and youth section of the London Philharmonic Orchestra. At the age of eleven she joined her church gospel choir singing lead and supporting vocals. By the age of thirteen Andrea had started writing songs and poems and was involved in secondary school musical events as well as continuing to sing in her church choir.

Now aged fifteen, Andrea and two close friends formed a group called ‘Dynamite’ and performed at local music events including the Riverdale Centre in Lewisham and the Albany Empire in Deptford singing lovers rock covers and original songs penned by the group members. The group also attended jam sessions at a studio in New Cross and vocal training sessions practicing to the likes of Roberta Flack, Betty Wright, Anita Baker and other similar artistes.

In 1992 family matters took precedence after the birth of her first child and the realities of survival as a young mother which resulted in her musical career being put on hold as she re-entered education to better herself and obtain the required qualifications to improve chances in the job market.

Over the following 20 years Andrea continued to develop her education, which resulted in attaining her Bachelor and Masters degrees in London, UK and, after relocating in 1998, in Barbados. During this time she developed careers in: Community, Youth Development as well as Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) arenas in London and the Caribbean. Again, music had to stay in the shadows, although she continued writing songs and poems keeping a passionate interest in the creative arena.

After completing her education and seeing her son (singer-songwriter) and brother (singer-songwriter, producer and teacher) thrive musically, coupled with her life experiences and encouragement from family and friends, the time, inspiration and confidence returned giving the opportunity to seriously revisit and rekindle a relationship with her music and art.

Andrea began song writing and performing again using the appellation Sahrya. Her début single “Looking for Diamonds” was released in June 2015 and has been promoted, following relocation to the UK, through live performances in England and Spain. During 2016 Sahrya worked behind the scenes with the ‘Britain’s Got Reggae’ annual event team and in the October she was engaged by Errol Kennedy's 'Imagination' to provide backing vocals at the Indigo O2. March 2017 saw her heading off to Spain to perform backing vocals for Otis Redding Jnr at a show in Malaga.

Song writing continues and plans are in place to record her next single release and other songs for a future EP.

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