Ardastra

Ardastra Music Band

Ardastra is a first class line up of musicians versatile enough to play the corporate dinner function and dance party in the same gig.

They cover artists such as Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys, Norah Jones, Sade, James Brown, Sister Sledge, India Arie, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Katy Perry, Missy Higgins, the Romantics, Michael Jackson, Lenny Kravitz and Johnny Diesel.

Ardastra was formed in 2005 by husband and wife duo R-jay and Nakia in Sydney, Australia. Their vision was to create music to complement a first class voice. In early 2008, husband and wife combination Greg and Kylie Spencer joined Ardastra. Now with a full band behind ‘the voice’ Ardastra is realising its full potential as an artist.

Nakia: Originally from Nassau, Bahamas, Nakia performed at many world class resorts including ‘Sandals Resort’ on the island of New Providence, and ‘Atlantis’ and ‘The Riu’ on Paradise Island.

Various international tourists, particularly from the United States and England, chose the distinguished Old Forte Bay Clubhouse (situated in Lyford Cay, Bahamas) as the venue for their special function including weddings, wedding anniversaries and 50th birthday celebrations. Guests were astonished at Nakia’s vocal ability. She is a first class act having gained extensive international experience with the Bahamas National Youth Choir and traveling to several countries including China, Scotland, Canada, The United States of America and France.

The band behind Nakia are R-jay on guitar, Greg on Drums and Kylie on Bass. Influenced by genres such as Rock, Blues, RnB and Jazz, the band provide the right style to complement Nakia’s voice.

R-jay is an accomplished guitarist whose influences include Slash, Steve Vai and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He has the talent to overplay, but doesn’t. Rather he opts to provide the right balance to accompany Nakia’s vocals. He is a key founding member of Ardastra.

Kylie’s influence is rock, disco and funk which allows her to provide Ardastra with a strong bass line. She is also a valued member for her strong and confident backing vocals.

Greg developed his drumming style in his early teens listening to heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden and Metallica. This coupled with experience playing in several rock bands and disco bands, has brought a more relaxed and conservative, yet confident drumming style to Ardastra.

If you require entertainment at your next dinner party, dance party, or special function, Ardastra can facilitate your needs.

Ardastra Repertoire

Pop/Rn’B/Soul
American Boy (Estelle)
If I were a Boy (Beyonce)
Sweet About Me (Gabriella Cilmi)
No-One (Alicia Keys)
Perfect (Vanessa Amarosi)
Peachy (Missy Higgins)
One Rock n’ Roll Too Many (Sayesha)
If I Aint Got You (Alicia Keys)
A Woman’s Worth (Alicia Keyes)
Trick Me (Kelis)
Big Girls Don’t Cry (Fergie)
Good Excuse (John Butler Trio)
UFO (Sneaky Sound System)
I Can’t Stand the Rain (Guy Sebastian)
Hot and Cold (Katy Perry)
Close to you (Maxi Priest)
Billie Jean (Michael Jackson)
Smooth Operator (Sade)
Mercy (Duffy)
Kiss Me (Six Pense None the Richer)

Ballads
I Will Always Love You (Whitney Houston)
Greatest Love Of All (Whitney Houston)
Super Woman (Alicia Keys)
Taking Chances (Celine Dion)
Don’t Know Why (Norah Jones)
Beautiful (Christina Aguilera)
Voice Within (Christina Aguilera)
Fallen (Alicia Keys)

Funk/Dance/Party
Love Fool (Jamiroquai)
Funhouse (PINK)
Groove is in the Heart (Deee lite)
I Feel Good (James Brown)
Shaky Ground (Delbert McClinton)
I Wish (Stevie Wonder)
I Don’t Wanna Go To Bed Now (Gariella Cilmi) R U Gonna Go My Way (Lenny Kravits) That’s What I Like About You (Romantics) Umbrella (Rhianna) Movin’ On Up (M People) We Are Family (Sister Sledge) I Don’t Hook Up (Kelly Clarkson) Please Don’t Leave Me (PINK) Red Red Wine (UB40)

Easy Listening
There’s Hope (India Arie)
Summer (India Arie)
Am I Not Pretty Enough (Casey Chambers)
Summertime (Madonna)
Fever (Ella Fitzgerald)
Let It Rain (Amanda Marshall)
Cry In Shame (Johnny Diesel)
Walk With You (India Arie)
Video (India Arie)
Sway (Michael Bubble)
Stir It Up (Bob Marley)

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