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Sunday February 12, 2017

From 225 Magazine


Vocalist, songwriter, teacher and storyteller Quiana Lynell’s career is a testament to her belief in the positive and unifying power of music, combined with a hearty dose of diligence and preparation. The LSU School of Music graduate operates with the tagline ‘I trained for this’ and whether she’s referring to her role as founder of the health and wellness group Musicians Run or her ability to leverage her classically trained voice to perform in multiple genres, Quiana demonstrates exactly that. Quiana arranges, performs and composes a variety of musical styles including jazz, soul, blues and funk. She can be found throughout the region and nationally collaborating on cross-genre performances. The former band director currently finds time between collaborations to teach prospective vocalists at Loyola University, cultivating students’ understanding of process and technical components to more effectively serve the potential of their art and instrument.

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Quiana, one of the speakers at TEDxLSU 2017, about her research and other interests.

What inspired you to pursue a career as a vocalist?

Singing has been a gift that I have always had and found joy in. I didn’t always have the faith that I could achieve the goals I had in mind. I also thought that someone would somehow find me but I soon discovered that wasn’t how this industry works. You have to be doing what you are supposed to be doing in order for someone to find you and help you do it better. Realizing that I was worthy of my dreams that were in my mind, I kind of catapulted myself into pursuing music full time.

What’s a music genre that you love that people might not see you perform?

I love tight harmonies like the Dixie Cups or those women’s groups of the 50s and 60s that would just sing so harmoniously those three- or four-part quartet-type singing. I don’t get to sing with other vocalists very often and it’s something that I love to do. I grew up harmonizing in church and those tight harmonies are just familiar to me. I grew up singing choir as well. Choral harmonies are the best.

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