#USVI Soca Songstress #RudyLive Headlines St. John’s Carnival
The Virgin Islands… turquoise waters, sunshine, intoxicating tropical aroma, steel drum, pulsating rhythm of Soca “soul of calypso” and the Captivating, Catchy, Exciting Rudy Live! As St. John Festival month long events are in full gear from steel pan performances, pageants, food fair and parades build up to the week of July 3rd (Emancipation Day) and the 4th (Independence Day). The final week is party time with anticipated shows and performances. Rudy Live will join Nadia Baston, Patrice Roberts and Destra alongside the Express Band on July 2nd for “Girl Power” and deliver what she is best known for, an energetic colorful full of vibes soca sensory fulfillment by belting some of her hits like “Saddled Up”, “R.U.D.E”, “No Matter” and “Carnival Calling” among others.
Born Toiya Isaac her story is reminiscent of those true artist born with the essence of music in their veins. Starting in music at a young age, the artist who would later adopt the moniker of Rudy Live recalls her destiny becoming clear with her first stage performance at the junior show in St.Thomas, V.I. Influenced by her love of reggae and the iconic words of Bob Marley, the soulful voice of Whitney Houston, charisma of Janet Jackson and stage presence of Michael Jackson, it isn’t until her first soca show where Allison Hines gave a memorable performance that Rudy Live fell in love with soca music and understood her musical calling.
Hailing from her proud Virgin Islands, Rudy Live recognized that soca was synonymous with a neighboring island, but there was no denying her calling and Rudy Live went on to make her mark by becoming the first and only female to twice capture the title of Soca Monarch in St. Thomas and St.Croix consecutively. Adding to this prestige Rudy achieved an honor sought by many of her peers by collaborating and sharing the stage with international soca king, Machel Montano.
Already boasting an impressive discography, namely It’s “Rudy Soca Edition” 2010, “It’s Rudy Socanomics” 2011, “Rudy Soca Invasion” 2012, “Rewine” 2013, “Wip it Remix” featuring Machel, “Heat Wave” 2014, “Show Dem Remix” Featuring Shurwayne Winchester, “Demolish” 2015 EP and “Saddle UP” (Single)2016, the budding star story against all odds from a young single mother, to achieving higher education and obtaining her RDA have fueled her passion.
Combining smarts, beauty and talent, Rudy Live aims to inspire through her music and represent her beloved island on an international level. “I want to be remembered as someone who made an impact in this world, with faith you can move mountains, you can reach your goals, nothing can stop you”