From the beginning, hard rock band, Paralandra, decided to concentrate on creating pure, heartfelt music, no matter how it came out. They have not wavered from this approach, and continue to strive to provide a product that is a sincere and unique expression of themselves, both lyrically and musically.
The band started in the summer of 2013, as Casandra and Paul Carson decided to create a band to perform the songs they had begun writing. Everything clicked when reunited with Casandra’s former highschool friend, Nick Gray, who also had been writing and wishing to perform in an original rock band, and with the addition of Paul’s longtime musical collaborator, Josh Pool, on bass, the band was born. Within less than 2 months, the newly formed band began playing live and recording. The first 12-song CD, “Rise Up”, was released in June of 2014, and reorders were a necessity to keep up with demand from sales at live performances. They soon began to enjoy more widespread and high profile shows, including opening for Hinder, Scott Weiland, Alice In Chains, Disturbed, Yngwie Malmsteen, and many more. They have also been invited to numerous showcases across the country, including playing in the Millennium Music Conference in 2015, SXSW 2016 & 2017, and Launch Music Conference 2017, and have continued to perform at national music festivals such as Rockfest, Dirtfest, and Rocklahoma. They have been blessed to receive many appreciated accolades in their still fresh musical journey, such as being nominated “Best Original Band” by the readers of 417 Magazine, “Best Musical Performance” on the late night talk show, The Mystery Hour, and “Year’s Best Band Performance” by Ozarks LIVE! on KOZL, a CBS television network.
In 2016, Sawyer Rikard joined Paralandra on bass guitar, and shortly after, their first professional release, “All Fall Down”, debuted hitting #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and was followed up with the Northeast “Alive” spring tour. In May 2018, Paralandra signed with Legend Recordings, and released their second, highly anticipated EP, “Ascension” one month later, hitting #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. After Ascension was released, Paralandra has been touring and recording non stop.


Paralandra is known for their high energy while on stage. They have created an intentional and orchestrated show for all viewers to enjoy, not only to listen to, but to watch. Each song, transition, key, tempo, and crowd interaction is carefully thought out and designed to create an entertainment experience that will never be forgotten.

Their sound is often compared to bands like Halestorm, Evanescense, Alter Bridge, and Foo Fighters.


Casandra Carson


SPONSORS: PRS and Ibanez Guitars, Friedman Amplification, Get’m Get’m Straps, Shure, Pighog Cables, BOSS Pedals, Dean Markley Strings, InTuneGP, and On Stage Stands.

Paul Carson


SPONSORS: Gibson Guitars, Mesa Amplification, 65 Amps, Orange Amps, Get’m Get’m Straps, Shure, Dean Markley Strings, Seymour Duncan Pickups, Korg Tuners, EVH Guitar Picks, Caroline, MXR, J Rockett, Electro Harmonix, Mooer Pedals, and Wornstar Clothing, and On Stage Stands.

Sawyer Rikard


SPONSORS: Shure, Aguilar, Fender, Get’m Get’m Straps, Ibanez Basses, BOSS Pedals, Dean Markley Strings, Gator Cases, and Wornstar Clothing, and On Stage Stands.

Dakota Watson


SPONSORS: Pearl Drums and Hardware, Remo Drumheads, Zildjian, Sabian and Paiste Cymbals, Vater Drumsticks, Gibraltar Hardware, Kickport, DrumArt, Shure, Gator Cases, SKB Cymbal Vault, and Drumtacs.