Recently, I had the chance to sit down with the lead singer of an up-and-coming band in Detroit, Michigan called Final Cue. Quiana Rice, better known as her stage name Que, is a native of Detroit, Michigan. Que is like an honorary big sister to me and I have seen her music truly transform throughout the years She is a rock star and definitely someone to watch!
Que is one big ball of energy on and off the stage. She has performed at several venues throughout the Detroit area including The Detroit Princess, The Marriot, U Detroit Lounge, The Blind Pig, and The Key Club. She can also be seen performing every Saturday at LIV Resto from 7pm-10pm with her band members John Tripp [Tripp], Derek Matthew Vaughan [D-Rock], and Dan Roehrig [Dirty Dan].
Que speaks candidly with me about how she got her start in music and where she sees Final Cue in the future.
Angel: Hello Que, how are you?
Que: I’m awesome.
Angel: Can you tell me a little bit more about your music background? How did you begin singing and writing?
Que: Well, I’ve been singing as far back as I can remember. Music has always been my verb. I played the flute, learned to read music, sang in choirs, and sang with girl groups since I was small. I used to write music for my flute, and lyrics to anything with a beat. I used to call it “JackinForBeats.” I’d take a song and write my own lyrics to it. I can’t tell you how it started, because as far back as I remember I’ve been doing it.
Angel: How did you and your band mates find one another?
Que: Well, I would write songs, and I could hear the instruments in my head in the background. So I set out to find people who played instruments, seriously. I got a gig at TV bar, and they wanted me to bring my band. John Tripp and I worked at the same company, and another co worker said…”talk to him he plays tons of instruments”…I went to meet up with him once, and he said, he was going to talk to a few of his friends and the next time we all met up we were playing music! It was awesome. It was a great vibe, and we all loved the sound. We just meshed.
Angel : What inspired the name, Final Cue?
Que: I wish I had a cool story behind it. I don’t. I just didn’t want to name it after myself because in my head that would be all about me. I want it to be all about the music!
Angel: How would you describe your sound?
Que: A little Hip Hop and Rock mixed together. Our sound is pretty unique. When you look at us you have no clue of what to expect but when you hear the first note, it’s crazy. You want to dance. You want to fist-pump. You just have the urge to get a little crazy!
Angel: How has living in your Detroit inspired your band’s music
Que: I feel like Detroit has so much unheard talent that it’s crazy. Being in a city where the world looks down on it, but knowing how much good is there, makes you wanna write. I have always wanted be one of the positives out of the city. They rep soooo much of the bad, that I want to blow the bad out and show how much good it is.
Angel: Who are some of the people that have helped you on your path to musical success?
Que: Hmmm. Some of the main people that have helped me would be David Broden (my significant other), he is a musical genius. He pushes me to be the best, and he has the craziest ear for music. Janie Jones, an amazing business manager, is all about things being in order. Howard Hertz, high power entertainment attorney, with some of the greatest musical advice that can be given. Linda Carter & Tiera Craig, owners of LIV Resto Lounge in Downtown Detroit, they have believed in us since the beginning and have blessed us to perform at their venue every week. J Poww, who got me going into the music game at like 19, he said “,your craft is your business.” Treat it like a business!
Angel: What music artists inspire you?
Que: Honestly, I love music. I love Paramore, The Beatles, Amel Larrieux, Pink, Linkin Park, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Common, Talib Kweli, Jimmy Hendrix, LOVEEEE Beyonce, Tribe Called Quest, Aretha FRanklin, Erykah Badu, and Slum Village. As you can see, my music mind is all over the place. But it’s like a good Gumbo, put it all together and man it tastes great.
Angel: Where do you see your band in five years?
Que: In 5 years, I’m hoping to be 3 or 4 albums deep and they all went Diamond, performing on Dick Clarks New Years Eve Party, after winning a few Grammys, and starring in some big screen movies. If your gonna dream dream big!
Angel: What has been your best experience with Final Cue thus far?
Que: I think as a band, my best experiences happen over and over again. Being able to sing your own music, and not having to do what someone else programs you to do feels amazing. I love that my band meshes. It’s hard to get four people to work together, and actually get things accomplished. We all work towards the same goal. It’s pretty amazing.Our live performances give you soooo much, when you leave you want more. It’s all about the connection.
Angel: How do you balance being the lead singer of a band, a mother, and a career woman?
Que: I balance all that? Thanks for telling me! It’s real life. It’s not easy. You just go. In my life that’s the one thing I know how to do. I know that you don’t get to stop doing what you have to do just because, your feelings got hurt, or someone doesn’t do what you want them to do. You just go! You keep it moving. I have mouths to feed, and the bigger they get the more they want to eat. It’s important to me that my kids know that you can not give up on your dreams! They have to see me strive to be the best at what I can do, whether it’s work, music, or being a Mommy. I have to do it, cuz if I don’t there’s no magic wand that will do it for me.
Angel: What advice would you give to young artists who are interested in producing their own music independently?
Que: Do you! Don’t be afraid to do what you like; don’t feel like you have to fit into society’s boxes. Do you! God put you on this earth for a purpose. Use the gifts that you were given, and be the best that you can be at it. It doesn’t matter if it’s singing, or gardening. Stay in yo lane. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, and if anyone will like it. Do you! When you do that watch how things work to your benefit. Lastly, things don’t always come easy. Don’t be mad because you have to work for it. The payoff will be well worth the work!
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