Coming straight out of Detroit, Michigan, TaQuita Thorns is the new R&B Queen on the Scene. With the release of her gorgeous debut album, Rough&Fancy Vol. 1, the 27 year-old singer is winning over music lovers world wide with her sparkling vocals, charismatic presence and strong message.
Growing up, TaQuita was constantly surrounded and influenced by the sounds of iconic artists like Little Richard, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross and the Supremes, Etta James, James Brown, Michael Jackson, the Temptations and Whitney Houston, among many others. “I cannot define my music. I have no particular sound or style. It’s a never ending river of grooves and blues,” explains TaQuita.
TaQuita was born with a natural spark of energy. During her childhood years, TaQuita wrote and performed music. She started singing at family events at four years old. By kindergarten, TaQuita was singing over the P.A. at school and writing songs, pairing them with illustrations. As a bright-eyed 10 year old, she joined the girl group Diamonds in the Rough. A gifted young athlete, TaQuita ran cross-country and relay, joined the cheer team, as well as JROTC and marching band, while attending Denby Tech and Preparatory High School.
TaQuita’s real passion was singing and performing on stage. TaQuita was the lead vocalist of Denby’s concert choir. She became the captain of the dance company and was picked to perform with the “All City” group, representing the best dancers from Detroit’s high schools. After graduating from Denby Tech, the shining performer attended Wayne State University where she focused on music and dance. During her time at Wayne State, TaQuita auditioned for major music executive Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and was invited to move to New York, where she filmed MTV’s "Making the Band III."
Industry executives immediately took note of her vibrant energy and natural talent. When "Making the Band" wrapped, MTV hired TaQuita to star in a spin-off series. “The TaQuita & Kaui Show” aired in 2007. Set in Las Vegas, Nevada, the show followed TaQuita and MTB alum Kaui Beamer as they “followed their dream,” getting hired and fired as performing artists in Vegas while sharing a cramped efficiency unit on the Strip.
Since "The TaQuita & Kaui Show," TaQuita has been working diligently as a prolific songwriter and recording artist. TaQuita’s artistry draws from her real life struggles and the boundless energy, positivity and love that drive this exceptional young talent. “I hope my music puts people in a good mood and inspires them to get up and move!” TaQuita said.
Strutting fiercely to the top, the singer recently released her debut album, Rough&Fancy Vol. 1. Available digitally, and as a CD with a 20 page art and lyrics booklet, the album includes 13 original songs and two covers: Jr. Walker's "ShotGun" and Anita Baker's "Sweet Love." The record is a sonic journey through decades of Detroit’s rich music heritage, with Ms. Thorns rising to the challenge and delivering rich, soulful vocals reminiscent of the great R&B divas that preceded her. As PINK Magazine says, TaQuita Thorns “is surely one of the most exciting new R&B music artists to emerge in years, and the one who is worth watching.”
For her live shows, TaQuita has reunited with many of the acclaimed musicians who supported her in the recording studio. Her band includes celebrity bassist Deon Estus, who co-wrote and produced four songs on Rough&Fancy. Josh Sklair on guitar, Tom Canning on keyboard and Alvino Bennett on drums round out TaQuita’s band. Noted for her shining vocals and dynamic stage presence, TaQuita and her band perform live shows that leave audiences craving more.