"Real battles are the ones we fight every day to succeed despite all odds." Queen Calida
Adopting the moniker of Queen Calida, Opal Meeks was born in the inner city of seaview Gardens Kingston, Jamaica. A place like many other with hardships, beauty, life and an abundance of talents such as Grammy award winner Shabba Ranks, the iconic Bounty Killer and Elephant Man just to name a few. From a young age she was exposed to the rigors and hardship of life, which is reflected in her music. Despite her deprived surrounding education was a priority in which she successfully succeeded and excelled. As early as she can recall music lived within her soul. Queen Calida's alma mater Merl Grove High School is the foundation from which her talent was developed. At the age of fourteen she wrote and performed her first song for the entire school body in their school's auditorium.
She developed a love for the performing arts and was actively involved in the annual J.C.D.C and School's Drama festivals throughout her tenure of high school. She received many accolades including a gold medal for dub poetry. Her journey led her to corporate Jamaica where unfulfilled she left to pursue her dreams.
Upon her return to the musical arena, Queen Calida wrote a song that she used to enter the Magnum King and Queens of dancehall competition held annually in Jamaica. Of over six hundred contestants in the Portmore auditions in 2010 she was selected among the top five competitors for advancement. Her journey eventually lead her New York City. All that glitters isn't gold and the promises of fame and fortune has come at a cost which Queen Calida reflects on her new single "Find A Way," dedicated to her baby girl and their experience in America. Her aim is to build and uplift others with her music. Her subjects reflects real life events in a positive and inspirational manner.Her ultimate dream is to rock millions with her sound.