The Dainty Queen
A female with a chic appearance, a large portion of intelligence, humor, a considerable amount of creativity, a captivating aura with a splash of sex appeal, merged with a large dose of talent, firmly illustrates “Whandah”~ The Dainty Queen~”.
Born Carleen Newsome in Manchester, Jamaica, otherwise known as “Whandah” migrated to the U.S. at age 11. After residing in the U.S. for a short stint, she decided to return to her native land to resume her education. As an adolescent growing up in Jamaica, she was exposed to a multiplicity of music.
As a young woman, “Whandah” was impressively ambitious. In the mid 80’s, she began to sing-jay, in a male dominated arena, on sound systems such as: Minnie Mart High Power, King Mello, and Agony. She performed with various reggae artists such as Screechy Dan, Patra, Mikey Jarrett, James Bond, Miss Linda and Lady English, just to identify a few. Focused on establishing herself as a reputable artist, she voiced her first recording songs for Barry of Agony Sound System called “Aids a Badda Wi” and “Heart Breaka.” She later voiced “Grandpa Daddy” for the Jah Life recording label. Throughout the 90’s, she focused on honing her song writing ability, as well as cultivating her skills as an entertainer.
Life’s experience has surely shaped her career perception. Her commitment to her craft , can be summed up in her adage, “I am a dreamer that believes the race is not for the swift but for those that can endure it,” Her distinguished unique sound and finesse for supreme originality separates “Whandah” from her counterparts in today’s competitive market with no second guessing if her music is gravitating or not. She brings to the reggae industry a new sultry formula that defines her in Reggae and Dance genres which most likely will brand her as a new inspiration for this era.
With her unique flair, “The Dainty Queen” refuses to restrict her influences to one artist. Instead, she has been influenced by numerous artists and genres of music from across the world, including, Bob Marley, Screechy Dan, Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Tracy Chapman and Whitney Houston amongst many others. For nearly a decade, she harnessed her skills and enthusiasm as a singer/songwriter and developed a new genre of music she calls Dainty Reggae.
In 2003, she landed a position as one of the hosts on the radio show “Everything Caribbean.” In 2004 she moved on to host her own radio show “Mix Vibes” until 2005. She also had another radio show where she collaborated with Joanne “Blackpoet” Stephen on Noyzradio back in 2009. “Whandah” is also the CEO of her own label Tyrac Group as well as Beewan Magazine, which focuses on embracing the beauty, strength and determination of Caribbean people.
“Whandah” always strives to keep active and innovative. She has released the following singles from her upcoming debut album, “Detox Dem” and “I’m in Love”. The video to “I’m In Love” was released in February of 2010 and has been getting great reviews on several network channels.
“Whandah” continues to demonstrate her strength as an artiste while she collaborates with others. Be sure to keep a look out for “Whandah~The Dainty Queen~”. She is tearing up the airwaves from New York to Europe and this is just the beginning.
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