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, and soul, with visuals and performances that create a world beyond the music.
Audra released her latest single “Afterglow”, along with an enticing self-directed video on November 2, 2018. Shot over two days on the shores of Lake Ontario, Afterglow tells a tale of the marks lovers leave on each other after they’re gone. In the first week it received rave reviews and critical acclaim, with BK on the Scene calling it an "amourously macabre masterpiece". Alan Cross shared Afterglow on his A Journal of Musical Things website 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” .
Audra debuted her live show in Canada on November 9th, just over one year after moving to Toronto after ten years in Australia and massive life changes that resulted in depression, reflection, and the triumphant rise that finds Audra where she is today. She is thrilled to have finally launched her live show with a plan to release her debut record on April 26, 2019 and begin her tour. Audra will be returning again to MIDEM in Cannes, France where she performed this past June, and is ready to step up her musical presence on both the Canadian and international stage.
Audra spent ten years in Australia from 2006-2016, performing and recording in various musical projects including progressive rock band, The Wandering, and Indie-folk duo, Amon and Audra. Embarking on her solo career, Audra recorded at the legendary Sing Sing studios in Melbourne over Easter 2016 - the same week that marked the beginning of the end of her marriage, resulting in Audra putting the project on hold and returning to Canada to reconnect with her homeland.
“Cruel”, Audra’s previous single, was triumphantly released to a packed room at The Darling Mansion, finally unleashing one of the songs from that recording session at Sing Sing and putting her first mark on the Canadian music scene. Cruel draws on influences of Portishead and Pink Floyd, co-written with producer Tristan Hoogland, whose ambient production and shimmering guitars create the space for Audra’s smoky and sparse vocals. The video for Cruel draws on themes of darkness and light, creating an other-worldly visual feast, heightening the sense that the song was written during what felt like a pain-induced drug trip.
Although she has lived in Toronto only one year, Audra has had the pleasure of regularly performing with The Collective and Sean Jones, which has also seen her on stage with special guests such as Jully Black, Melanie Durrant, Alana Bridgewater, Wade O’Brown, Chris Rouse, Phatt AL, Aion Clarke, and Cleopatra Williams. During this time, she has been recording with producer Thomas MacKay (Joydrop, SATE, Michaela May), 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 has walked through the flames and is ready to release the fire in her belly as a slow, sensual burn.
MIDEM Canadian Showcases - Morrisons Pub, Cannes, France - June 6 & 7, 2018
Cruel video Launch Party - The Darling Mansion, Toronto - Jan 28, 2018 - Launched “Cruel” to a packed room at The Darling Mansion where the video was shot.
Vocalist with “The Collective” - Toronto - Nov 2016 to present.
- performances have included singing with Sean Jones, Jully Black, Melanie Durrant, Wade O’Brown, Chris Rouse, Phatt AL, Aion Clarke, Cleopatra Williams and more.
“Chapter One” EP Launch - The Milk Factory, Brisbane, Australia - June 2015
Release of solo debut EP under previous name “Audra McHugh”
“The Darkness: a tale of grief and loss” - The Brisbane Fringe Festival - August 29, 2014 - Amon and Audra performance of 12 original songs that follow the 12 Stages of Grief, performed in a theatre with interactive live visual projections.
“Live on a Rooftop” - Brisbane, Australia - Dec 8 & 16, 2013
Two sold out shows on a rooftop in Brisbane, featuring an interactive set followed by the launch of Amon and Audra’s first EP “Home”. These performances were recorded and released as the album, “Live on a Rooftop”
The Wandering “Halfway to Vegas” release - The Zoo, Brisbane Australia - June 2012
Afterglow (single) - Audra Santa - Nov 2018
Cruel (single) - Audra Santa - Feb 2018
Keep Asking (single) - Audra Santa - Apr 2017
Chapter One (EP) - Audra McHugh - June 2015
Live on a Rooftop (album) - Amon and Audra - May 2014
Home (EP) - Amon and Audra - Sept 2013
Halfway to Vegas (EP) - The Wandering - August 2012