Genres: Pop,Rhythm & Blues,Hip Hop/Rap
Location: San Francisco
IMQ is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise smug music industry. Hailing from Long Beach, California comes the Ghanaian composer/singer with much audacity and spunk.
At the tender age of 7, IMQ discovered the prowess of his vocal instrument. He began experimenting and testing the depths of his musical creativity at age 10, learning to compose and write his own music. He learned to sing by mimicking songs that he heard on the radio and Disney animations. IMQ’s first work of art was developed with Steve Mines from Grounds for Dismissal, entitled “What Love Feels Like.” Self-sufficient and independent, IMQ brilliantly taught himself to produce music using a music software program called Cakewalk. The talent was present, but support was lacking.
The decision to dedicate his being to music was not an easy one. Anyone who has parents knows how they can have a gripping influence on crucial decisions we make in life. For IMQ, this was the decision to devote his life to his music, or to devote himself to the life his parents wanted for him. Fortuitous to the music world, he dedicated his talents to create positivity through music. Along the journey, he worked with music producer, Quino, in Atlanta who taught him invaluable skills on how to structure a song with masterly finesse. A coalescence of these skills and fortunes produced the artist that he is today: fearless, unconventional, and enterprising.
Specializing in African Dance music and Pop, IMQ creates music that colors outside of the lines, especially pertaining to the subject matter of his lyrics. He draws inspiration from his African heritage and everyday surroundings. Traveling and being on the open road helps him to escape the noise of his life and enter the realm of musical inventiveness. He rides on the fast-propelling wings of self-assurance knowing he can sing almost any genre of music. His ability to himself apart from other artists is rooted in his evasion of the banalities of today’s music culture. Musical masters like Michael Jackson, Prince, James Brown, Justin Timberlake, The Weekend, and Seal are recognized for the contributions they made in influencing his style.
The Movado Watch company noticed IMQ’s talent and featured his song, “Hot Lil Thang” in their watch campaign. Later, he was awarded Movado’s Future Legends plaque, presented by Derek Jeter and, Movado CEO, Efraim Grinberg. While these accomplishments are commendable, IMQ’s greatest achievements are yet to come. He aspires to sell out Madison Square Garden, win a Grammy, be the main headliner at the Super Bowl, and establish a foundation for musically gifted children who are passionate about learning music. The journey is only beginning for this budding artist, and he wants your support on the road to success!