Ever since she could stand, Petra always had an instrument in her hand, a song in her heart, and a notebook in her pocket. Born on May 4th, 1997 in Norwalk, Connecticut, Petra began her musical adventures with the help of her brother at the age of two. He would poise Petra on the piano bench and pressed her fingers on the keys to mimic the music he was learning. Growing up, Petra was a classically trained musician and performed at venues all over the New England Region. She has won a series of national and international piano, violin and vocal competitions that have led her to perform at world-renowned venues such as Carnegie Hall.
As Petra became older, her musical horizons began to expand. On long car rides, Petra's parents used to blast cassette tapes of The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and ABBA. Petra soon learned all the words to the songs, and would perform them to her family and friends. Taking note of her interest, Petra's mother brought her a black and white Fender Strat guitar when she was seven years old, as she wanted her daughter to be able to take music with her wherever she went, both near and far.
For years, Petra took rigorous music lessons, but it wasn't until she was about 12 years old in which she began to bring all her talents together to create the musician she is today. Petra had an extensive love for poetry and always had a knack for writing. Being the highly expressive individual that she is, Petra wanted to to chronicle the changes she was experiencing as a young teenager. Thus, it was only second nature to her to begin writing her own music.
Petra soon taught herself how to produce her own music on Garageband and created a mini-recording studio inside of her walk-in closet in her family’s home. There, she recorded demos of hundreds of songs, many of which she performs live today at her shows.
Her songs reflect experiences she encountered for the first time as a young adult. Her lyrics tell stories about what it was like to fall in love, have her heart broken, and learning to grow from past mistakes. Growing up in an environment that played all different genres of music, Petra's style as an artist is truly reflective of this fact.
Her style, as she describes, is "pop with a twist" and is influenced by artists such as Adele, Amy Winehouse, Lana Del Rey, Britney Spears, and Marina and the Diamonds, and even classic bands such as The Beach Boys.
Petra officially began work towards her first music release in 2014. The first song to come out of those efforts was her single, 'Glamour Girl," released in July of 2015. The song received critical acclaim from bloggers all over the country, and has been spun on independent radio stations throughout the United States and Asia.
So far, Petra has performed her own headline shows at venues such as Sidewalk Cafe, Bushwick Public House, The Bitter End, Melrose Ballroom, The Studio at Webster Hall, DROM, Silvana, HellPhone and Leftfield. She has extensive touring plans in the works for 2016. First, she has been spending her summer touring with her band throughout New York City. She made appearances at The Bowery Electric, as well as a second sold-out show at The Studio at Webster Hall.
The biggest highlight of 2016 was Petra's first headlining international shows in Japan. She played five shows with her band in cities such as Tokyo, Kobe, and Osaka. Some show highlights included two performances at Hard Rock Cafe at the Universal CityWalk, and her own showcase at the Kansai Music Conference. The tour was supported by D'Addario, Evans Drumheads, Promark and Roland.
For the rest of 2016, Petra has extensive touring plans in place. Petra and her band are working on setting up dates for national tour which will potentially kick off in January 2017. Although she has already achieved so much at the age of 19, Petra is only getting started- so get ready.
The Petra Jarrar Band
The Petra Jarrar Band is a pop/rock band bringing "Glamour" back to New York!
Petra formed her first band with her brother Felix Jarrar (keyboard), Aron Caceres (bass) and Misia Vessio (drums). Petra met her band members at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in the West Village. Together, they have dominated the scene in NYC, performing at venues such as Melrose Ballroom, Webster Hall and The Bowery Electric. The band also toured together for ten days in Japan, playing five sold out shows.
They have extensive touring plans in place for 2017- be sure to catch them in a city near you! You can follow them on their journey together on Instagram.