With over 20 years of experience in the music industry, more than 12 albums and singles which were followed by headlined tours throughout Europe, America and Japan, and 7 international music awards, Sandra Cross is regarded as one of the leading forces of England’s ‘lover’s rock’ era. She has become one of the most successful and respected singing talents coming out of the UK. Born amongst seven boys to Jamaican parents, and raised in London, England,
Sandra was introduced to music from the young age of 7 when she was chosen as lead vocalist for the local church choir. Her parents were strict church-goers, so it was in the Pentecostal church her talent for playing the piano, singing and writing songs was initially discovered. Sandra came of age during the original outbreak of the UK’s lover’s rock movement during the early seventies. After spells of sneaking out at nights squeezing into the back of sound system vans, just so she was able to sing on dub plates in the local dances, her hunger for the music industry seemed to be reeling out of control.
In 1979 she entered a school talent contest with a composition entitled ‘I Adore You’. She won the contest and accepted the prize of recording the song under the production of a local record producer.
However at the same time, because of her reluctance to attend classes at school, and her spells of running off late at nights to sing at sound system dances and clubs, her parents came to the conclusion that they had lost total control of their only daughter and decided to hand her over to the local authorities. At the age of 14 years old, she was placed in a home for truant children and it was whilst she was there ‘I Adore You’ went straight to the No.1 spot in the UK reggae charts, remaining there for 4 weeks! During the following years, 4 more #1 hits followed, the biggest to date entitled ‘Country Living’ which spent a whopping 10 weeks at the #1 spot in the UK and European reggae charts in 1985.
Twelve top 10 albums followed as she went on to accumulate popularity and fame in the reggae industry. She became one of the most admired lovers rock singers in the business and earned the title of the BBC listener’s “Britain’s Best Female Reggae Singer” for six consecutive years between 1986 -1991.
Her first exclusive Japanese release, an album entitled ‘Just a Dream’, was produced and released by Pioneer Records executive Koichi Hanafusa in 1997. This was followed by her second Japanese release entitled ‘Dreams Come True’ released in 1999. Since then Sandra has worked with various international music producers such as The Mad Professor (Ariwa Records), Lloyd Campbell (Joe Fraser Records), and Sadiki (Skinny Bwoy & Buckley Records).
‘True Singers: Sadiki meets Sandra Cross (UK)’ is Sandra’s latest album. Executive Produced by Henry “Sadiki” Buckley, Jr., from the Skinny Bwoy Jamaica camp, and due for release in the Fall of 2012, both artists take you on a melodic voyage into their world of music filled with reality inspired culture tunes and beautiful love songs.
Delivering to you an abundance of life experiences relating to all walks of life, Sandra relates, touches, heals and reasons with, if not every part, then at least one segment of your life.