THE BAHAMIAN ROAD FEVER QUEEN
Ericka Gabrielle Symonette, known professionally as Lady E, was born on August 28. 1979, in Nassau, Bahamas, to proud parents Claudette and Brian. At the tender age of 6 she performed in her first school talent show and was showcased as lead vocalist in the choir. During her school years she developed her talents in her Church’s choir and by the time she was 19 she was a lead soprano in the Bahamas National Youth Choir, traveling around the world representing her country through its music. The exposure gave her confidence and prepared her to launch her solo career.
IN 2000, Lady E released her first record “If you feel it”. The song opened doors for the artist in the Bahamas and she was soon performing locally and internationally as lead vocalist for renowned Bahamian bands such as Visage and Ting um Dem. Later she went on to form her own band, High Tide.
Lady E’s hit singles “Home is my Bahamaland,” “Hard Worker” and “When the Music Hits Me” have all been featured in the acclaimed “Best of the Best” music compilation series and are definite local favorites. “For You,” her duet with Colyn McDonald, won the 2010 Junkanoo in June song competition and was chosen by Disney to appear in the popular television series Scrubs. She has also worked with other popular artists such as T’rez Hepburn , Funk D, D-Mac, Veronica Bishop, ,Ira Storr, Julian Believe and Ronnie Butler.
In 2015 Lady E participated in the First Annual Bahamas Carnival Music Masters Competition with her hit song "My Islands in the Sun" featuring Ira Storr. The song praises the beauty and cultural experience of the Bahamas and it was a huge hit throughout the islands. It was awarded 2nd place in the song competition and 1st place in the Road Fever portion of the competition. “Feel That Rhythm” was released later that year and features the rhythmic collaboration of Junkanoo and Rake n Scrap with a dynamic Socaflare. “Feel that Rhythm” sung in Bahamian dialect represents the culture of the Bahamas and the pride of the Caribbean.
As a result of the prize her song “Live for Da Road” received at the 2nd Annual Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival Music Masters Song Competition in May 2016, Lady E signed with Sony Music to remix her Carnival anthem and distribute worldwide.
I wrote Live for Da Road after participating in the First Annual Bahamas Junkanoo Carnival in 2015. It was such an amazing experience to celebrate with my Bahamian brothers and sisters, and it inspired me to make a song for the 2016 Carnival Song Competition that would go out to the world and show everyone how we celebrate carnival in the Bahamas.
Carnival is about the people, the lights, the food, and especially the music…. Live for Da Road captures the spirit of Carnival and its infectious rhythm. The song is filled with energy so even if you have two left feet, it’s going to make you dance!