Dorothy Smith aka Patra (born January 22, 1972 in Kingston, Jamaica) is a reggae artist She first made an impression on the US charts as a featured singer on the Shabba Ranks's tune, "Family Affair" which hit #84 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1994. Her first solo recordins, "Worker Man", peaked at #53 later that year on the Hot 100, reached the Top 20 on the R&B chart and #1 on the U.S. Dance chart. Her second single, "Romantic Call" (#55 U.S., #21 U.S. Dance), was a collaboration with emcee Yo-Yo. Her debut album Queen of The Pack (#1 on the Regga albums chart) also featured the hit single, "Think (About It)" (#21 U.S. Rap, #89 U.S. R&B). Her second album, Scent of Attraction, sold slightly less but still reached #2 on the Reggae albums chart. The biggest hit was her cover of Grace Jones's "Pull Up To The Bumper" (#60 U.S.) and the title track, featuring R&B artist Aaron Hall (#82 U.S.) Patra took a lengthy hiatus from the music industry in 1996, but resurfaced nearly ten years later with her third album, The Great Escape. Patra also performed on the 1995 Panther movie soundtrack with the song "Freedom (Theme from Panther)" a collaboration between the American music industry's leading urban female vocalists. She also performed on C+C Music Factory's remix of its hit single "Take a Toke" that same year. More recently Patra featured on the Two Culture Clash project in 2004, where she was featured on the album’s lead single, "How Do You Love," featuring fellow reggae artist, Danny English. After her success in the 1990s, Patra released The Great Escape on Charly Records in 2003, and Where I've Been in 2005 under Wall Street Entertainment.
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