Aaradhna (Ah-Rad-Nah) is Aotearoa’s humble queen of Pacific Soul – an award-winning, platinum-selling artist who’s not afraid to sing her truth.
After signing her first recording deal at the age of 16, Aaradhna’s memorable voice quickly became a part of our musical landscape, featuring on Adeaze’s platinum single ‘Getting Stronger’ and Savage’s gold-certified ‘They Don’t Know’ before the release of her 2006 debut album “I Love You” (with top-10 singles ‘Down Time’ & ‘I Love You Too’).
Following a diva-driven sophomore record of Motown, Stax & Atlantic hits (“Sweet Soul Music”), 2012 saw Aaaradha level-up with critically-lauded, commercially successful album “Treble & Reverb”.
“Treble & Reverb” spent 18 weeks in the charts before winning her three 2013 VNZMAs – Album of the Year, Best Urban/Hip Hop Album and Best Female Solo Artist – plus six Pacific Music Awards including Best Pacific Music Album & Best Pacific Female Artist.
This paved the way for a career move to Los Angeles, where Aaradhna signed to Republic Records, released a remix of ‘Wake Up’ featuring US legend Common, and had the track appear on VH1 TV series Mob Wives.
After touring the States with Charles Bradley in 2014 and being the first Kiwi to sell out the historic Harlem Apollo Theatre in 2015, Aaradhna began working on an RnB-soul record, recorded live with some of the scene’s finest session musicians and producer Jeff Dynamite of Brooklyn based Truth & Soul Records (Aloe Blacc, Adele, Lee Fields & The Expressions).
The resulting album “Brown Girl” is deeply personal for Aaradhna, showcasing self-penned lyrics that address topics like race relations, label politics, heartbreak, judgement and ignorance, delivered with a quietly lingering intensity. “Brown Girl” unsurprisingly won Aaradhna a VNZMA for Best Female Solo Artist in 2016.
Now based back in NZ, Aaradhna has been busy reconnecting with her Australasian fans between studio sessions in the lead up to her next album.