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Published on November 14th, 2012 | by Ballard Lesemann

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‘The Punch List’ with Quiana Parler

Metronome Charleston‘s weekly Punch List puts local musicians on the spot with a questionnaire that touches on music, venues, gear, records, vices, and more. This week, vocalist Quiana Parler responds to the big 10.

1. What is your favorite local hang  and why?

“Trio Club. Trio Club offers great bands on the first floor and awesome DJ’s on the second floor. There is no other.”

2. You know you’ve played an excellent show when…

“The crowd is screaming ‘one more song!’ over and over and when you can’t play another song they get mad as hell at you.”

3. What was the last show you attended that really got you fired up in a good or bad way?

“Prince. Oh my god, he is amazeballs. He came back out several times for an encore performance. I mean seriously I cannot describe how incredible his performance was.”

4. Define your musical style in exactly 10 words.

“My musical style is like Gumbo = Pop, Rock & Soul.”

5. What’s your theme song?

“Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey.

6. Gear-wise, what’s is your irreplaceable baby?

“My in ear monitors. First of all, they are expensive and molded for my ears only. Which means if you try to take them you can’t use them because they are made to fit my ears.”

7. What’s the most overplayed album in your collection?

“My Kim Burrel album. She is a very well known Gospel Artist that has an ear that is out of this world. So many vocalists and musicians study her style and technique and try to mimic her vocal styling. Flawless vocal styling. Honestly, you have to be a real musician to really and truly appreciate her. She’s recorded with so many great artists such as Stevie Wonder, Michael Buble, Harry Connick Jr., and even George Clinton on a song called ‘Mathmatics of Love’ as well as the Wesley Reynosa Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and many many more. I’ve even watched videos of Beyonce saying how amazing Kim’s vocals are. I could on and on about Kim.”

8. When was the last time you were genuinely star-struck?

“Meeting Smokey Robinson after his performance at the Dock Street Theatre.”

9. What’s your poison?

“If we are talking about my choice of alcoholic beverage, that would be Patrón Cafe, which is a coffee flavored tequila. If I can’t have that, I will settle for Van Gogh Vodka. Now, my other poison is love. I love hard and I will fight ’til the end for love. So, I guess you can say I’m a sucker for love.”

10. In 10 years, I will be…

“A world renowned artist. My band and I can sometimes play up to three weddings a week as well as corporate events. Its very rare we play publicly. On New Year’s Eve, we’ll be celebrating our fourth year at the Snyder Grand Ball at the South Carolina Aquarium. This is going to be an amazing night. I think people assume that because I am a black female vocalist, I sing Aretha to Mary J. Blige — which is not what we do at all. We are a Top 40 band, and we play everything from Katy Perry to Toto to Tina Turner. We like to party hard!”

Quiana Parler and Friends play at the Trio Club on Fri. Nov. 16 and Fri. Dec. 21. They return to the Snyder Grand Ball at the South Carolina Aquarium on Mon. Dec. 31. Visit quianaparlerandfriends.com for more.

Quiana Parler & Friends (photo by Riverland Studios)

Quiana Parler & Friends (photo by Riverland Studios)

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Ballard Lesemann

is a musician and writer. Born and raised in Charleston, S.C., he spent years playing in bands and working for Flagpole Magazine in the bustling music town of Athens, Ga. He returned to his hometown and served more than seven years as the Charleston City Paper's music editor. He's better at drumming than he is at playing guitar.



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