Luke & Q Aim To Bring Soul Back To Music With Debut Disc Due Later This Year
One half of the duo is Luke Boyd, a vocal powerhouse with fire and intensity stemming from his upbringing in New Orleans’ tough downtown neighborhood known as the 7th Ward. His raw, bad-boy appeal and strong vocals carry a passion reminiscent of some his musical influences, such as Jodeci, H-Town and R. Kelly.
Quinten Spears makes up the other half of the duo. Simply known as Q, this velvety-smooth tenor brings a suave, yet street vibe. Raised in the equally rough 3rd Ward area of uptown New Orleans, Q is an unique mix of old-school cool and new-school pizzazz, with musical influences from Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake and Usher.
Though raised in opposite sides of town, Luke & Q’s love for music would inevitably bring them together as members of their high school marching band. They formed an instant friendship and joined forces with another band member to create a musical group named “Upskale.” They sang at many local events, including the renowned Bayou Classic and quickly became a local sensation. The citizens of New Orleans knew they had something special and it would be just a matter of time before the rest of the world would know as well. A chance meeting backstage at a Tyrese concert would allow “Upskale” to showcase their amazing vocals to Tyrese and his management team. They made such a great impression that they were brought out to Los Angeles and began singing background vocals for Tyrese on television appearances and shows throughout the United States and Europe. The trio was then downsized to a duo, hence the birth of Luke & Q.
Soon-after, Luke & Q sang for music giant Clive Davis and were immediately signed to J Records by way of Underdog Entertainment. Underdog producers Damon Thomas and Harvey Mason, Jr. had established themselves as hitmakers, writing and producing for Mariah Carey, Luther Vandross, Toni Braxton and a host of others. With Luke & Q, The Underdogs dug deep into their rich vault of sounds to compliment their vocal talents and created a definitive style. In addition to working with one of the hottest production teams in music, Luke & Q have shared the stage with Beyonce, Usher and Mario and were also featured in the Destiny’s Child smash music video “Soldier.”
With sexy, soulful ballads and hard-hitting up-tempos, Luke & Q are destined to make an impact. As two uniquely different pieces that fit together brilliantly, they are real singers on a real mission to revive true R&B music with a hip-hop feel.
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