Making music to bless the people whatever form that is
Minister, Author, Music Composer, Playwriter, Scriptwriter and Mom
As a native St. Louisan, Calandra grew up with Church, Music, and the Arts as a guiding force in her life. At an early age, she composed several plays and wrote over 30 songs. Along with her siblings, they would perform them for their parents. In 2007, Calandra had a cameo in the production, “Dream a Little Dream”, written and directed by Casey Owens-Riley for Poetry Productions LLC. In December 2010, she had a lead role in the Illustrated Sermon, “Radical Faith Immediate Miracle”, produced by Tamara Thomas for Shabach Artistic Expressions Ministry. In April 2011, Calandra furthered her appreciation for the Arts by acting and singing in a Pre-Easter Skit for Bethesda Temple Church’s Temple Voices Choir Concert, produced by Courtney Collier for LIFE Productions and Consulting. In her fourth acting role, Calandra’s poetic and uplifting voice brought a unique flair to the play production, “Sankofa”, directed by Myah “Maedell” Shaw-Singh for Theatre de La Rue Productions at Washington University in St. Louis May Theater, May 2011. She also had a lead role in the play “Women in the Life of Christ” written by Earnestine Flanigan in 2017. She is a noted songwriter who produced, directed, and co-wrote the play production, “Black History Then and Now: A Musical Adaptation” which was performed at Bethesda Temple Church in February 2018. February 2019, she produced the sequel to BHTANAMA with "BHTANAMA REVISITED.” February 2020, Calandra showcased "G.O.A.T. Greatest of All Time” at BTC. In honor of Black History Month 2021, and due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Calandra highlighted her fourth play production, “Home Grown: St. Louis Own" virtually via BTC's Facebook page. It premiered on 314 day in St. Louis, MO. Recently, Calandra reclaimed the live stage and took her love for the ARTS to a higher level with the Black History play "LOVE/HATE" performed at BTC. Calandra has also written two movie scripts “An Uncommon Love” and “An Island of Unanswered Questions” that she hopes will one day be viewed in a “theater near you” or on Broadway. Calandra’s musical compositions span from various genres that include Gospel, R & B, Pop, Country, and even a little hip hop.
As a pew baby, Calandra attended Bethesda Temple Church of the Apostolic Faith, Inc. under the late Bishop James A. Johnson. She is still an active member of BTC where she sings on the Praise Team and IMPACT Choir. Calandra is also a member of the Las Fidelas Matrons who send aid to Kakata, Liberia, The Daughters of Charity who assists women, the Fellowship Committee, and she often volunteers to work with the Outreach Department at BTC. She is the captain of the Sisters of Temperance at BTC. Calandra is also the secretary in the Music Department and Fine Arts Department for the Midwestern District Council of the Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, where Bishop Larry O. Jones is the diocesan. Bishop Theodore Brooks is the presiding Bishop of the PAW. Calandra is an intercessory prayer warrior who loves to attend Saturday morning prayer at BTC. She is a 2019 graduate from the Minister’s Academy at the Bethesda Temple Bible Institute. She is also the recipient of the 2019 Outstanding Student Award at the BTBI. Calandra works professionally as the Test Specialist in the Accessible Campus Community Equitable Student Support (ACCESS) office at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She has four sons, one daughter, and one grandson whom she loves beyond words.