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Sat 28 Aug 2021

With a powerful falsetto and a knack for tender, soulful storytelling, Q Marsden is well on his way to capturing the hearts and minds of a generation.

Q was five years old when he started recording music. Raised by musician parents, the 21-year-old singer-songwriter from Pembroke Pines, Florida fondly remembers laying his first tracks down in studios his father, who produced hits for reggae and dancehall legends Sean Paul and Wayne Wonder, brought him to Jamaica. Fast forward to 2018, the year Q released his first project, the self-produced Thoughts—a heartfelt, acoustic-driven collection of folksy R&B ballads. “It was me practicing vulnerability, just practicing expressing how I feel in a certain way,” Q says about the raw, emotive album, adding “I used to suppress my emotions and wouldn’t talk to anybody but the microphone.” Not one to write lyrics, Q is most comfortable using the mic as his journal, giving his vocals an intuitive, impulsively expressive edge.