Sound Bytes: Quincy Coleman
November 21, 2006
Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter Quincy Coleman may remind you of someone youve heard before. Its that feeling where you know a songwriter so well; their songs are like road maps to the unabridged dictionary of emotions youve felt over the course of your life. Each song represents another part you either need to remember or could never forget the people, places, and things that make up a life.
Despite the familiarity, however, Coleman is very much playing her own game.
Pursuing a music career didnt really feel like a choice for me, it just felt natural, she said. I have been singing since I can remember. I distinctly remember there always being lots of music in the house growing up, on drives to San Francisco visiting family with my mom, and very influential music teachers in grammar school who introduced me to artists like The Beatles, James Taylor and Gilbert and Sullivan.
Coleman reaches out and taps all these artists on the shoulder in her own music, which is clearly an amalgam of various styles and influences, but one she is able to pull off due to her dynamic vocal range and passion for her craft.
I made a promise to myself that Id never deliver food or rub massage oil on a naked persons body ever again, and so far so good, she said. It also didnt hurt that I left a candle burning in my fathers house one night. While half the house burned down and I lost everything, I gained an apartment in Hollywood and was able to record Come Closer with the insurance.
Come Closer is Colemans second LP and a grand affair of color and dynamic. Its warm and attention-grabbing but not easily categorized.
Come Closer was my conscious opportunity to share the lighter side, have a lot more fun, and incorporate my greatest influences in gypsy, jazz and country/world music, she said. The songwriting process felt like a study.
Coleman regularly plays live with a six-piece band, but admitted that playing in front of people has never been easy.
When I first started, I wanted to die, she said. I knew the only way to get through it was to do it. I played as much as possible. Now, the stage is my favorite place to be.
Coleman has garnered incredible reviews for her live shows in her hometown, and has done just as well abroad.
There is nothing better than waking up in a new city every day and playing to a roomful of new faces every night, she said. I love touring, and whenever I can I try and bring at least a duo or trio. I look forward to when I can bring the full band out with me.
by Paul Barbatano , Click Here to View - Dayton City Paper