“Indra” flashback (Biography and Discography)
Written by admin on 24 septembrie 2017
Indra was born in Göteborg, Sweden to Estonian parents. Following her model boyfriend to Paris in the late 1980s, she was discovered dancing in a Parisian night club, and was soon offered a recording contract.
She worked with the producer Orlando, brother of French superstar Dalida, and released her début single Let’s Go Crazy in late 1990. Very much in the current club/house-style, the song was a rap track, and crossed over from the underground to the mainstream, appearing at #11 in the French single chart.
In 1991 Indra’s second single, the dance song Misery hit #7 in France. It was written and produced by Eddy Beatboxking aka Walter Taieb, with lyrics by American songwriter Cathy Grier. The song remains Indra’s biggest hit to date.
This was followed by another Top 10 track, Temptation written and produced by Walter Taieb, and her debut album also called “Temptation” later in the year (also lyrics by Cathy Grier). The album went Gold in France and was later released in some foreign countries but Indra never managed to get success outside France. The album’s fourth and last single was released in early 1992, and the song, Tell Me, was a Top 20 hit.
In autumn 1992, Indra released Gimme What’s Real, the first single from her second album. The single peaked at #16 in the French single chart, becoming Indra’s 5th consecutive Top 20 hit.
At that time, Indra was very popular in France and managed to establish herself as the ‘Queen Of Dance Music’ with a big club impact in addition to her chart success. She was the opening act for Prince’s concert in Paris in July 1992.
When Indra’s second album, “Together Tonight”, was released in January 1993, it also went Gold in France. After a collection of dance singles, Indra surprisingly released the ballad Rescue Me as her sixth single, it reached #38 in France. A third single from the “Together tonight” album was released later in 1993, Yesterday Is History (Tomorrow is a mystery) but it did not manage to chart in the Top 50 despite a bunch of new remixes.
After only two albums, 1994 saw the release of a “Best Of” collection, which yielded two brand new singles, Hollywood and Save My Life. Both failed to make the French Top 50, but the album again reached Gold status.
DJ Bobo and Masterboy produced her third studio album, “Anywhere”, which was released in July 1995. The album was also released in Germany where DJ Bobo is a huge superstar. Both the album and its two singles, Anywhere and We Belong Together did not chart high. Anywhere was though a Top 20 dance hit in the French official club play chart.
In 1995, Indra also participated on the Dalida remix album “Comme si j’étais là”. She did a rap on the track Jusqu’au bout du rêve… which is a remake of the classic Dalida disco anthem Laissez-moi danser (Monday, Tuesday). The song was planned to be released as a single and a video made of archive footages from Dalida mixed with images of Indra’s Gimme what’s real video was even shown on TV but the song remained only available on promo CD and 12″.
After a break of two years, Indra returned in 1997 with the single Message for you but it also flopped.
On 20 May 2013 Indra released a new single, a cover version of the track “It’s on you” originally released by MC Sar & the Real McCoy in 1990. Several mixes of the single are available for download and a music video was also filmed. This is the first time that Indra released a song that is not produced by Orlando and the track has been released under a new music label.
In September 2013, she teamed up with David Stephan on his single “Feel my love” and has started to tour throughout France in her third play, a new adaptation of the classic “Ma femme s’appelle Maurice”.