Paralandra hails from Springfield, Missouri, and formed in the summer of 2013 when Casandra Carson and her dad, Paul Carson, began writing songs together to play a one-time event at their local county 4th of July celebration. The response was so positive, and they enjoyed it so much, they decided to continue booking shows and writing songs. They recorded and released a homemade CD titled Rise Up; which sold over 1,000 copies at local shows. Shortly after, friend and local musician, Sawyer Rikard, joined the band on bass guitar in 2015, bringing their stage sound and performance to another level. In March of 2016, they released a follow-up EP, All Fall Down, which debuted #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. They soon began touring and being invited to festivals such as Rocklahoma, SXSW, Rockfest, Dirtfest, Loud in Lima, etc.

In 2018, they joined forces with Legend Recordings, and released another EP, Ascension, which became their biggest release yet with singles “Back to Life” and “Killer Queen” landing on the radio. Shortly after, they added local powerhouse drummer (and childhood friend of Sawyer), Dakota Watson, to form the rhythm section Casandra, Paul, and Sawyer had always dreamed of. In 2019, they recorded standalone single “Love Will Win” with producer/videographer, Jake Jones, which gained even more radio play, and placed them on numerous national tours; supporting artists such as Tantric, Saliva, Yngwie Malmsteen, Dokken, and being added to the KISS Kruise and NAMM Show.

The band continued to write, record, livestream, and perform wherever they could during the 2020 pandemic, and only continued to gain traction and fans from all over the world. Reaching out on a whim, they won over the attention of renowned producer/songwriter, Elvis Baskette, and shortly thereafter, entered the studio to record their first professionally made, full length album, Street Magic, in 2021. This release proved to be a monumental success, skyrocketing their audience with over 5 million views and streams across all platforms. Radio singles from this release alone include “For the Record”, “Despicable”, “Repeat Offender”, “Can’t Quench the Fire”, and “Only Human”.

Paralandra has since toured the country on multiple headlining runs, and is constantly supporting iconic bands such as Warrant, Lita Ford, Firehouse, Last in Line, and countless others with no end in sight. They reentered the studio with Elvis Baskette in 2023 and recorded their 2nd studio album, which is due April 4, 2024. They plan for this release to be just as big, if not bigger than the last, as they continue to record, write, tour, and work tirelessly to build their brand, and change the direction of rock music to be a force for good in this world.


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.


Casandra Carson


GEAR: PRS and Ibanez Guitars, Friedman Amplification, Get’m Get’m Straps, Shure, Pighog Cables, BOSS Pedals, D’Addario Strings, InTuneGP, and On Stage Stands.

Paul Carson


GEAR: Gibson and Reverend Guitars, Friedman Amps, Marshall Amps, Get’m Get’m Straps, EVH, Dunlop/MXR, Caroline, Electro Harmonix, and Mooer effects, and On Stage Stands.

Sawyer Rikard


GEAR: Aguilar Amplification, Fender and Ibanez Basses, Shure, Get’m Get’m Straps, BOSS, Darkglass Electronics, and Electro-Harmonix effects, Ernie Ball Strings, RoadHog Cables, InTuneGP, and On Stage Stands.

Dakota Watson


GEAR: 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.