Soulful, powerful, and expressive, Audra Santa invites you into a world where the missing parts of the self are found in the shadows. Her music draws on elements of trip-hop, dark-pop, art-rock and soul, with videos and performances that pull you deeper into a world beyond the music.
Audra’s genre-bending style, soulful voice, introspective lyrics, and fascination with the deep and the dark has Cashbox magazine dubbing her music “goth-soul”. Her songwriting, baroque and art-rock leanings, and expressive performances draw comparisons to Florence and the Machine, Bat for Lashes, Kate Bush, and Tori Amos. Audra’s love for the atmospheric and ambient, and desire to create rich sonic textures, is influenced by her love for bands such as Foals, Radiohead, and Jungle.
In November, Audra released her latest single “Afterglow” with the self-directed video garnering rave reviews and critical acclaim, being dubbed an "amourously macabre masterpiece” (BK on the Scene). The video sparked conversations about censorship and artistic expression with Alan Cross sharing Afterglow on A Journal of Musical Things after Facebook banned her from boosting the video due to "sexual content". As stated by Canadian Beats, the sexuality is "more implicit than explicit", and yet this artist is faced with censorship on a piece that is “an important commentary on a female taking back her own power”.
Last year was monumental for Audra with the “powerhouse singer songwriter taking control and making her mark.” (Tinnitist ). In 2018, Audra produced and released two music videos (“Afterglow” and it’s trip-hop, Lynchian predecessor “Cruel”), received a double-encore after her showcase at MIDEM in Cannes, France, and launched her live show with a full band at Toronto’s Adelaide Hall - her Canadian debut.
Previously, Audra had spent ten years in Australia, performing and recording in various musical projects, including progressive rock band, The Wandering, and Indie-folk duo, Amon and Audra. Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, a broken marriage prompted her return to her homeland and a new determination to finally pursue music in full, with nothing holding her back. She settled in Toronto in late 2017, and has since built a fan base as well as a strong team to support her rise in the music industry. Her “extreme focus, professionalism and the desire to express her internal world” (2nd Floor Sound Studio) is sure to fast-forward the global awareness of her music in 2019.
2019 will see the release of Audra’s debut album, as she steps up her musical presence on both the Canadian and international stage. She returns again to MIDEM in Cannes, France this June and has plans for other showcases, including Canadian Music Week, and a tour to support the release of her album. Audra is most excited about her live show, supported by a full band - Michael Savona (guitar), Dan Miller (keys/synth), and Thomas McKay (bass). Audra has also had the pleasure of regularly performing with The Collective and Sean Jones, which has included singing with special guests such as Jully Black, Melanie Durrant, Wade O’Brown, Chris Rouse, and Aion Clarke.
Audra has been recording with producer Thomas MacKay (Joydrop, SATE, Michaela May, Mercy Flight), as well as exploring creative collaborations with Australian producer Nick O’Donnell (Tim Rogers, ), Abelton wiz DJ Shine (Frank Ocean, Nelly Furtado), and up-and-coming UK producer, Will Schollar.
Audra’s debut album is slated for release on September 13th - Audra’s birthday. There is no greater gift an artist can give to themselves than allowing the outward expression of all that’s within. Audra has walked through the flames and is ready to release the fire in her belly as a slow, sensual burn.