Aaradhna Jayantilal Patel (born December 1983 in Wellington, New Zealand) is an Award winning R&B/Pop Recording Artist, Writer and Record Producer in New Zealand, and is signed under the music label – Dawn Raid Entertainment. Patel is of Samoan and Indian descent, with her mothers family coming from Papa Sataua, Auala and Falealupo Uta villages.
Patel has worked with other New Zealand artists such as: Savage, Adeaze, Che Fu, Pieter T, David Dallas, P-Money and Young Sid.
In 2004, she made her musical debut featuring on the single ‘Getting Stronger’ with singing brother-duo, Adeaze. The song peaked at #1 on the official Recording Industry Association of New Zealand (RIANZ) Singles chart.
The following year in 2005, she featured on the single ‘They Don’t Know’ with Samoan rapper, Savage, who is also a former member of the hip hop group Deceptikonz. The single was part of his 2005 album “Moonshine”, and appeared on the movie soundtrack for Sione’s Wedding under the Dawn Raid Entertainment label. The single peaked at #3 in New Zealand and #26 in Australia.
Patel released her debut album “I Love You” in May 2006. Her first single ‘Down Time’ hit the RIANZ Singles chart at #4 on January 28th, and peaked at #3. Her third single ‘I Love You Too’, peaked at #5.
Her second album ‘Sweet Soul Music’, is filled with throwback classics that include covers from artists such as: The Stylistics, The Jackson 5 to Al Green. The album was released in February 2008.
Patel released her third album ‘Treble & Reverb’ in November 2012, which she says she was inspired to write new music by listening to tracks on the ‘Back to Black’ album by the late Amy Winehouse. Two of her most known songs on the 17 track album are ‘Wake Up’ and ‘Lorena Bobbitt.’
At the 2013 New Zealand Pacific Music Awards, she set a record by winning all five categories she was nominated in. Patel won Best Pacific Female Artist, Best Pacific Urban Artist, Best Song, Best Album, and Best Video for the song ‘Lorena Bobbit.’
Highlights & Awards:
- 2013 Won Best Pacific Female Artist at the 2013 New Zealand Pacific Music Awards
- 2013 Won Best Pacific Urban Artist at the 2013 New Zealand Pacific Music Awards
- 2013 Won Best Song at the 2013 New Zealand Pacific Music Awards
- 2013 Won Best Album at the 2013 New Zealand Pacific Music Awards
- 2013 Won Best Video for the song ‘Lorena Bobbit’ at the 2013 New Zealand Pacific Music Awards
- 2013 Won Radio Airplay award for her Number #1 song ‘Wake Up‘ at the 2013 New Zealand Pacific Music Awards