Date of Interview: 08/07/2008
© 2008 Clayton Perry
As one-fourth of R&B supergroup 112, Quinnes Parker charmed listeners around world with his good looks and smooth vocals. But with six ASCAP awards to his credit, few of 112’s legions of fans are aware that in addition to singing lyrics, Parker has a panache for penning them too.
Parker’s musical resume includes a string of hits that made 112 a staple on R&B scene including “Cupid,” “Anywhere” and “Peaches & Cream.” In addition, Parker’s talents have helped artists like Keyshia Cole (on her platinum single “I Should Have Cheated,”) and the soca sensation Kevin Lyttle (“Turn Me On,” an international dance hit) reach the top of the charts.
Having spent the past decade as part of a dynamic quartet, “Q” reemerged in 2007 ready to step out as a solo artist and entrepreneur—handling CEO duties for NeWFAM Entertainment, while preparing Real Talk, his first independent release.
Upon review of Real Talk, Quinnes Parker managed to squeeze some time out of his busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on 112, fatherhood and the current state of R&B.