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Husband, Father, Singer, Actor and Philanthropist, Q Parker has garnered many accolades since entering the music industry in 1996 including a Grammy award, an MTV Video Music Award, two multi-platinum albums, one platinum album and two gold albums. A winner of 6 ASCAP awards, Q is an accomplished songwriter that has worked with a variety of chart-topping talent including Keyshia Cole, Pink, Faith Evans, P. Diddy, Mase, Notorious B.I.G., Mario Winans, New Edition, Kelly Price, Tyrese, Algebra Blessett and more.
Q has had the honor of being a special guest speaker at the prestigious Berklee College of Music on the art of writing a hit record. Acting and especially musical theater is one of Q’s passions. In the past two years he successfully executed starring roles as “Joseph” in the holiday theatrical tale, “A Gift of Love” starring veteran actress and Academy Award nominee Ruby Dee, held down a lead role opposite R&B songstress, Keke Wyatt, in the musical stage production, “When Love Ain’t Enough” and wowed audiences in 2013 as the co-star in the musical “Rebirth” which also featured acclaimed actress, Lynn Whitfield. In that same year Q co- starred opposite R&B music legends Eddie Levert and Shirley Murdock in the musical theater production, “A Mother’s Love” produced by Grammy-winning songwriter and “Real Housewives Of Atlanta star, Kandi Burruss Tucker.
As the Founder of NeWFAM Entertainment, a full service entertainment company dedicated to artist development & management, label services and music production. In October 2012, Q released his critically acclaimed solo debut entitled Q PARKER: THE MANual, through a joint venture between NeWFAM Entertainment and Malaco Records in October 2012. The album which is a great blend of classic and contemporary R&B was lauded by iTunes as “one of the best R&B albums of 2012.” The first two singles from the album, “Show You How” and “YES” each reached Top 15 status at Urban Adult Contemporary radio. His current album set to release in the Fall of 2018 is an inspirational one chronicling his life’s experiences since entering the entertainment industry with the hopes of inspiring and uplifting men across the world. Q also served as a co-producer on the Black Nativity Soundtrack.
Q Parker talks New Projects…
After being in the music industry in one of the most influential R&B groups of the last 20+ years , I noticed a large gap in three of our culture’s most impactful spaces – the space between brotherhood, R&B and Gospel music. In a time where division and noise is fighting to drown out unity, I believe we have to combat that in numbers by bridging that space. This brings me to the Bridge Project.
The Bridge Project is a musical and visual documentary that displays the arcs and gaps, between three of Black Culture’s most foundational elements brotherhood, R&B, and Gospel music. Imagine your favorite R&B singer collaborating with your favorite Gospel singer to create a body of work, and action, that shifts the way we view music. Too long, have we separated each other with invisible lines that make us feel unsupported. It’s time we bridge that gap and with your support and contributions you can help me and my creative team raise production financing for this amazing documentary.
Quote: “This will be an experience you will LOVE to be a part of!”
“My creative team and I are incredibly passionate and dedicated to telling a story that is compelling and also educational. We know there is an audience hungry for a project such as this and we are committed to filling that void”
Who’s A Part Of The Bridge Project?
The special element to The Bridge Project will be an album plus a documentary piece with special guests and appearances from some of my closest friends Ginuwine, Montell Jordan, Tank, Pastor Tim Rogers, D Woods, PJ Morton, Bobby Valentino and Richard Wingo from Jagged Edge to name a few.
New Project: Born Again
Q PARKER x KNGDMBLDRS Clothing collab as believers to launch their premier collection “Born Again”. In God’s divine timing, what began as a business relationship progressed into a deeper meaning for a purpose driven lifestyle.
How can you be “Born Again” if you’re already living? Aren’t you born only once? Being “born again” doesn’t mean a physical rebirth; it’s a spiritual one! The “Born Again” lifestyle clothing collection submerges secular and believers.
Q Parker is the living proof that no matter where you come from, you can be an advocate for building the kingdom. Born and raised in a COGIC culture, Q Parker gained significant international influence arising from a record deal that yielded over 25 million records sold worldwide. Today, he has a new song to sing and understands the purpose of the platform he has been blessed with.
Q PARKER x KNGDMBLDRS lifestyle clothing are printed on soft, cotton fine jersey. Our tees, crews and hoodies are unisex sizing with a retail fashion and slim fit.
It is our hope with this collection that many people can relate and connect with the well thought out messaging to inspire them daily. Simply put, someone who has truly believed in The Lord Jesus Christ with all their heart!
Q Parker has been building legacies for many years. As a Motivational Speaker and Philanthropist, Q Parker has exhibited just what it means to give back. JoiQ Parker has successfully ran his non-profit, The Q Parker Legacy Foundation for the past 4 years whose mission is using family engagement and social empowerment to strengthen families throughout the city of Atlanta to generate stronger communities; a stronger city & stronger foundations for the greater good. In 2015, Q launched the Q Parker Legacy Foundation to strengthen and empower young and old men of various socioeconomic statuses within the areas of health, wealth, spiritual, fatherhood and social aspects. Programs presented by the foundation include Brothers United of Atlanta Men’s Group, Brothers United Youth Mentoring Program, Brothers United Youth Summer Camp and DoMENate Men’s Conference. Alongside his wife Sharlinda Parker, the couple founded Couples United with a mission to promote family, spirituality and marriage. His commitment to community enrichment and youth, couples & senior charitable organizations is never ending.
As a proud parent and supporter of charitable causes, Q has lent his name, time and resources to the Alzheimer’s Association of Georgia and the Cub Scouts of America to name a few.
Q can be seen regularly traveling worldwide touring nationally and internationally with his group, 112, The new stage play “She Married the Ring and Forgot the Man”, as well as the City Winery Tribute to the 90’s Tour.