DeQn Sue

DeQn Sue

Real Dad

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$8.00 - $10.00

Tickets at the Door

DeQn Sue
DeQn Sue
Let's start with her name: an amalgam of the character name that her father Rod Perry made famous on the hit 1970s TV series S.W.A.T. -- Sgt. David "Deacon" Kay -- and her mother's first name. Add the quirky, post-modern spelling and it's clear that DeQn Sue has no desire to be conventional or rudimentary. And the songs on her debut album Zeitgeist reflect this, while retaining an accessible sound that is expanding her fan base.

DeQn Sue describes her music as socially conscious, alternative pop. A good description, knowing that her influences are Chaka Khan, David Bowie, Queen and the avant-garde visual artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

"I want to make music that lasts," DeQn Sue says. "Music that you will think about for years to come."

Zeitgeist puts her well on the way to meeting that goal. Created with Grammy-nominated producer Kelvin Wooten (Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton, EWF, The Bee Gees and others), its songs brilliantly combine pop, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, rock, funk and gospel without losing its consistency or relevance.

"When you break down the music, there's definitely a lot of genre 'mixation' going on," DeQn Sue says.

One of the standout tracks is "Magenta," Zeitgeist's lead single. It simultaneously shimmers and crackles, luring the listener into its warm rhythms and witty descriptions of the complex moods and thoughts a person can have.

Though the songs on Zeitgeist are very compatible with current pop, rock, R&B, dance and hip-hop playlists, DeQn Sue says that she cultivated her vocal talents in the church. Her mother, realizing that her child loved to sing, made sure she sang during church services and would sit on the front pew, mouthing the words to her. At home, her father began to teach her the fundamentals of voice. Piano lessons soon followed, deepening her understanding of music theory.

But it was after seeing her father sing the gospel favorite "Precious Lord" while performing in a stage play about Thomas Dorsey, the song's composer, that she discovered her destiny. "I just was like, 'This is what I want to do'," DeQn Sue recalls. "I want to be a performer."

But being a performer means something different for this Los Angeles native than for some of her peers. She's not interested in singing about R-or X-rated sexcapades.

"That doesn't do anything for our culture to me," DeQn Sue explains. "It's very important to make sure that you can look back in 20 years and know that even though you're in a different place, you're still proud of what you've done in the past."

Her career has transformed this L.A. native into a part-time Southern girl, splitting her time between L.A. and Huntsville, Ala. Like many talented singers before her, DeQn Sue first went to Huntsville to attend Oakwood University. While a student, she sang with Oakwood's acclaimed choral ensemble The Aeolians, as have members of the 10-time, Grammy-winning vocal group Take 6, Grammy-winning producer Meryvn Warren, opera sensation Angela Brown and members of Committed, the vocal group that won first place on NBC's The Sing-Off, Season 2.

But what has kept DeQn Sue connected to Huntsville is not the sounds emanating from her alma mater, but the relative quiet of that small, Southern city.

"I actually love Huntsville," she says. "Not that there's anything wrong with L.A., but it does more for my spirit to create music in Huntsville. You don't hear anything at night. You look up in the sky and it's just clear. It feels very romantic and nostalgic."

As her schedule continues to fill with out-of-town performance dates and studio sessions, DeQn Sue's peaceful Huntsville nights will become fewer and farther between. But all indications are that no matter where she lays her head at night, this talented, alternative pop performer will have no trouble creating more smart, socially-conscious songs that will charm listeners across the nation and around the world.
Real Dad
Real Dad
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Venue Information:
Local 506
506 W. Franklin St
Chapel Hill, NC, 27516
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