Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Dorothy Smith first burst on to the dancehall scene as Lady Patra in the late 1980s. She was a staple on Kingstons live circuit and recorded a few sides with producers like Gussie Clarke, Phillip Fatis Burrell and Steely & Clevie. Tracks like Holler Fe The Wok, Visa Hole, Man Me Love and Worky Worky ably announced her presence in the notoriously male-dominated dancehall.

In 1988 she played her first major show at the annual Boxing Day dancehall extravaganza, Sting. Soon after, she signed a management deal with Clifton Specialist Dillons Specs/Shang, who also managed Mad Cobra and Shabba Ranks. The Lady was dropped from the name and the dancehall sex kitten Patra was born. Touted in the media as the Queen of dancehall to Shabbas King, she saw two albums released on Sony/Epic records.

The albums featured collaborations with some of the then cream of RnB like Christopher Williams and Aaron Hall, as well as collaborations with Yo Yo and the legendary Lyn Collins. Her sophomore album The Scent Of Attraction featured duets with Salt-N-Pepa (“Hot Stuff”) and with Hall for the title track. She also covered Grace Jones “Pull Up To The Bumper” – complete with a suitably risqué video.

Her post-Epic hiatus was broken when she recorded the Great Escape in France in 2003. A year later and her come-back was consolidated by her contribution to the Wall Of Sound project, Two Culture Clash. Her song, How Do You Love? recorded in tandem with Danny English was the lead single and video from the highly publicized project.