Listening to McQ’s warm, silky vocals and well-crafted songs puts a listener in mind of Harlem, Detroit, Chicago or Philadelphia, harking back to the classic soul tracks of the 1950s-70s. One would never dream that these songs and that voice, so sultry and knowing, are the product of a shy, lanky girl from rural Ohio…but they are.
Initially more folk-oriented, she quickly found herself gravitating to a melding of classic soul, funk and jazz. From that style, she has been blessed to share bills with musical icons such as Mary J. Blige, Robert Lockwood Jr., Suzanne Vega and Marc Broussard.
Where is she going with this? In McQ’s words, “Standing still makes me ache. In every inch of my life, I want to see what I’m capable of. Music is the most lovely thing I’ve experienced so far. This is me figuring it out.”