Elra Ermay is a dynamic and fearless young lady who is charting her way towards the sweet sounds of musical success. Her latest CD Emotive, released earlier this year, is an eclectic labour of love that showcases her undeniable vocal skills and technique as she experiments with jazz, reggae, ballads and inspirational musical forms throughout the 11 tracks. Opportunities to showcase her music have already begun to present themselves. Her creole jazz number 'E Quittez Mwen' left such an impression on some international judges that she was chosen to participate at the Francophonie games in Niger Africa, later this year.Yet another of her compositions 'All They Need' has won her a finalist position in the Song of the Year contest. This versatile performer has a remarkable and creative journey as a promising singer and songwriter. Born in Choiseul St.Lucia,Elra's talent was evident from very early during her schoolgirl days at the Ave Maria Primary School when she won the Nicholas Frederick award for Best Chantwelle. The St. Lucia School of Music has recognized her unique vocal skill with several voice awards and in 1994 she was the winner of the first Christmas/New Year Song Contest. Elra continued to build an impressive appearance record when she performed with the Trinidad Theatre Workshop when they staged Derek Walcott's Ti Jean and His Brothers and Dream on Monkey Mountain in St. Lucia. Elra's crowning achievement happened in 1999 when she represented St. Lucia at the World Championships of Performing Arts in Los Angeles. She won first place in the original works category and placed second in the Broadway category and on the heels of this achievement, she produced her first CD in 2000 entitled Longing. Also in 2000, Elra began her studies at the University of the West Indies where she pursued a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Management Studies. Three years later she graduated with first class honours but even this academic success has not managed to woo her away from her first love-music. She has been a member of bands performing on the hotel circuit and the folk group Hewannorra Voices. Currently she is a member of Our Lady's Choir and quite recently, was one of the finalists on Digicel's Rising Stars: A pan Caribbean star search contest. Not yet thirty, Elra Ermay represents the best of St. Lucia's burgeoning young musical talent with her drive and passion for what she does. Emotive is a tangible symbol of her commitment to this passion for musical creativity and her courage to pursue that passion wherever it goes!
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