TaQuita Thorns has always shared her emotionally-charged, power-packed voice in some dynamic way or form.
She began performing at family events at age 4, and singing over her schoolâ€™s public announcement system in Detroit. â€œWhile my four sisters and brother played outside, I preferred to stay indoors singing and performing in a mirror,â€ said the Motown-city native. The wunderkind took to writing songs and illustrating her lyrics, meshing that with an ability to hold a note with spellbinding power. She took cues from the greats: James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and more. By her teenage years, she had joined a girls group, the concert choir, and dance company at Detroitâ€™s own Denby Tech and Preparatory High School.
With a steady grind like that, it was only a matter of time before stardom was calling.
In 2005, Thorns caught the eye of Sean â€œP. Diddyâ€ Combs in the MTV talent competition â€œMaking the Band 3.â€ Though her stellar vocals made an impression, her passion and exuberance also did her justice. Even after leaving New York without a spot in the now-defunct group Danity Kane, she persevered. â€œI have always had faith in myself, and in my ability to achieve the goals I set,â€ she said. MTV executives took notice of her dynamic talent and likeability; she landed a network spin-off, â€œThe TaQuita and Kaui Show,â€ documenting her chasingÂ her dream with fellow MTB alum Kaui Beamer in 2007.
It was a learning experience. â€œWorking with big networks such as MTV, itâ€™s important to have creative control,â€ said the singer and songwriter, who now has her own label, On Orbit Records.
At age 26, Thorns re-emerges as an intrepid powerhouse, with the same charisma that had made the late Whitney Houston into an icon. Breaking away from the trail of artists with one-dimensional sounds, the unassuming singerâ€™s musical melting pot simmers with R&B, pop, funk, house, disco, and rock ingredients. It is a taste to savor on her solo debut, Rough & Fancy, to be released in late spring. The album finds its appeal in heartfelt love songs, and narratives of self-love and acceptance. â€œI hope the fans who hear my album feel stronger, happier and more positive,â€ she shared. â€œMy music brings great joy to my life, and I hope it does the same for others.â€