IAA SPOTLIGHT: GET TO KNOW – QIA MONIQUE – SAN ANTONIO’S HOTTEST STAR!

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Qia Monique is a singer & songwriter out of San Antonio, TX who performs R&B Soul and Neo Soul music for any and all occasions. She is determined to bring her sound, love and passion to her community and to the world.

Qia Monique was introduced to music at a very young age attributed to generations of family musical talent. Her father and mother introduced her to various types of music which stemmed her appreciation from classical to R&B to alternative and beyond. Brought up in the church she learned how to hone her craft and develop depth and understanding of her God given gift and her father, who sung in a band recognized that and began teaching her how to find harmony and melody, encouraging her to not be afraid to use them to bring out her vocals. She began to write her own music at 10 years old modeling herself after her influences Chaka Khan, Anita Baker, and Whitney Houston (to name a few). Growing up as a military child she had the privilege of traveling to many different countries and being a part of many diverse experiences. She used her vocal talents in her church choir, her schools and at weddings. She sung at her own high school baccalaureate ceremony, talent shows, and honored to sing in castles for German dignitaries.

Although she sings songs of every genre, by the age of 18, she decided that R&B was more her style. She began working with a local producer in San Antonio writing and recording her own music. She worked with several local artists: Marques Callaway (50/50 Entertainment), Pris Bang, J Phlame, Darius Connor, Kbella (IMG/ Universal Records). In 2010, she joined independent label Evolution Citi Entertainment and began seriously working to pursue her dream. In 2012, her first recorded song was featured in a play by the same title “You Should’ve Told Me” which was honored in the 2nd Annual Playwrights Awards. She participated in one of the biggest music extravaganzas in the south when she performed with the River City Christianettes and the SXSW Music Fest, Austin, TX. Qia Monique has taken opportunity with co-hosting internet radio show, the After Hours Spot with DJ TeeRock on www.tha1radio.com. She was a part of the Citibank remake of the song Proud for their promotion worldwide. She sung as lead and background for a local band, Groove Factory, was a featured artist on Collateral Damage Radio, and sung at the 2013 Music and Performing Arts Conference in Austin. She is now featured in her own band, Perfect Sense. The highlight of her career thus far is singing background vocals for national recording artist and actor, Christopher Williams and being nominated as 2013 San Antonio’s Best R&B Band/Artist! A hardworking, determined, self-motivated and driven artist, singer, songwriter, mother, and student is fearlessly pursuing her dream and focused on making it reality to have her voice heard and become a legend in her own time making timeless music. Be ready and stay tuned because she is coming and ready to make her mark.

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What city and state are you from?

QIA MONIQUE: San Antonio, Texas…I am a military brat from birth so I have traveled all over the world but San Antonio has definitely been where I call home.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?

QIA MONIQUE: I was introduced to music at a very young age. This goes back to generations of family musical talent and exposure. My father and mother introduced me to various types of music appreciation from classical to R&B to alternative and beyond. Brought up in the church, I learned how to develop depth and understanding of my God given gift to touch hearts and make connections through music. My father, who sung in a band in his younger days and Air Force down time, recognized that and began teaching me how to discover a love of harmony and melody. I began to write and perform my own music at 10 years old singing for anyone that would listen with my hairbrush and radio in tow! My mom kept me in a church choir (children, youth and adult). My stepfather plays bass and keys and two of my four brothers rap so needless to say, I’ve never really had a time where there wasn’t some type of music.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?

QIA MONIQUE: Music, to me, is all about a connection. I love the fact that you can put together something so moving, that most times your mind and mouth can’t or won’t say. My music is written from some personal as well as friends and family’s experiences and it is exposing my rawest emotions about them with the accompaniment of a beat. Recording captures that moment and releasing it allows you to free yourself and possibly someone else through that song. It builds a bridge to you and your listener. It’s something that I’ve created basically as a personal coping method that I want to share.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?

QIA MONIQUE: My songs are about real life emotions. When I write my songs, I keep in mind that I am giving the emotion a voice. I write about things that happen to me or some things that friends and family may talk about with me. A simple conversation can turn into a song. It could be an incredibly great relationship or one that went horribly wrong and how that made me feel or how they may describe it made them feel. A song about a simple day with my children, a stress reliever where I just feel like dancing or just simply needing to get away from life and escape to a place inside myself.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?

QIA MONIQUE: I’m gearing towards the grown folk. Anywhere from 21-up, I feel like with supporters in this age group, they can relate to the types of situations that I may write about; children, relationships, everyday stresses from work to bills and the bright side of the enjoyment of life.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?

QIA MONIQUE: There are so many people that influenced me and I honestly feel horrible that I cannot mention them all. While I have and extensive musical appreciation, I love the greats from way back like Anita Baker, Chaka Khan, Gladys Knight, Sade, Whitney then current day Tamia, Chrisette Michele, Beyonce’, Janelle Monae, Faith Evans and Brandy. I love the way that you can feel their soul through their lyrics and their performances!

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?

QIA MONIQUE: I would describe my music as a reflection of times in my life that affected me most. These are times that I am willing to be vulnerable and that I am willing to share and feel that it can be related to. It’s fresh and easy. It’s not overly complex and most people deal with this on a daily and can learn to sing their way through it with me.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?

QIA MONIQUE: What makes me stand out from other artists is my emotion in my music. Every song that I write has a meaning. My drive behind why I want my music heard so badly is that I want to leave an imprint of me on each and every one of my supporters’ lives. Most folk are going to say it’s their sound and I would agree that it’s a great thing to have a distinct voice but I believe it’s important that if you make music, you have to be able to say something and have some meaning behind it because it is powerful.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?

QIA MONIQUE: I am currently working on my first EP. It is something that I have been working on since the beginning of February and I am so ready to complete this project. As I continue to work and perform, I’m seeing that there is a lot of growth in my voice and each song gets better and better. The music that I am working on now is much more different than where I first began and I love that I am able to step outside of my comfort zone.

With the help of a good friend and drummer, I have also started up my live band, Perfect Sense. It consists of me on vocals and five of the “baddest” musicians here in San Antonio: a drummer, guitarist, bass, and two keyboardists. We play R&B, Neo Soul, Jazz and my originals. I’ve always loved the live band sound so to have this opportunity to play with musicians that love music as much as I do is a dream come true.

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

QIA MONIQUE: With my music, I want to leave a legacy that extends beyond time. My career goals are to be at a point where I am giving timeless music. Not something that can just be listened to current day and be forgotten in a week. I want to create the songs when someone is feeling some type of way that they reach for my music to get them through it. I want to be the song that saves a relationship or successfully empowers someone to leave a bad one. Or even a situation where they are going through that my music will make them smile or encourages them to go on. Music is power. Music is a voice and I like to think to use my power for good!

 

IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?

QIA MONIQUE: My music can be easily accessed on www.reverbnation.com/qiamonique

www.facebook.com/qiamoniquespot

and my group www.facebook.com/perfectsense210.

They can even visit my web page at qiamonique.wix.com/qiamonique and leave a message there.

 

 

 

 

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