"SAFE WITH ME" - Official Music Video
"SAFE WITH ME" - Behind the Scenes with Darius Love
There is a noticeable difference between today’s R&B and the music of the past. Once upon a time, great vocalists like Michael, Gerald, Luther and Keith had passion in their music. They had romance. The music made love.
Nowadays, it seems that much of that is lost. Those emotions that evoke adoration all seem to be relics of the past... until now. Bringing back the fire and desire to R&B like a breath of fresh air comes 27-year-old Renaissance man Que Williams.
This seductive, soul-stirring singer sends chills down spines. His highly popular self-written single “Safe with Me” is symphony of emotions, and his follow-up single “Choppa” featuring Trey Stackx just makes you fall in love with him all over again.
But those singles only set the tone for his anticipated mixtape Split Personality, which will be released Spring 2017.
“My music is about love. I’m trying to relay a message,” says Que. “Back in the day, they sang about their heart being broken. They sang about actually loving somebody, real R&B: rhythm and blues. That’s the music that I make.”
This love affair with music began in the small town of Loris, South Carolina. Que's passion for singing began at age five when he sang in the choir at Monument of Faith Evangelistic Church in the adjacent town of Marion.
A natural talent, everybody noticed young MaQuell’s magical voice. He was only 10 when he and his uncle formed a duo and started singing in local talent shows. After their first show performing together, they knew they were on to something. And in no time, Que found himself in a professional studio with his uncle recording his first song.
At 14, he joined four-man group FaSho. The group landed a recording deal with a small subsidiary label of Warner Bros., and between 2003 and 2012, they made many major accomplishments together, tearing up the stage with Marlon Jackson for a tribute performance to The Jacksons at the Prestige Awards show as well as Chante' Moore for a tribute to Howard Hewitt.
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They won the Urban Music Best R&B Male Group at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill in NYC’s Times Square and also charted on Billboard’s Hot Pop Singles Sales, Hot R&B Single Sales and Greatest Gainer /Sales charts for their scorching 2011 single “I’m Wit It” featuring Slick Pulla. The song also earned them placement on the 2011 Grammy ballot for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals, Best R&B Song and Best Contemporary R&B Album for their self-titled project.
“Being in a group was great because we all were related so we felt like we were accomplishing something together as a unit,” Que recalls.
“All you got to do is look to your right and look to your left and know that you got somebody there who supports you on stage and off stage regardless.”
As the years progressed, however, the group slowly started to fall apart. Each member gradually went his own way, and for the next few years, Que left the entertainment industry altogether. He found himself a regular nine-to-five job and was content with leaving entertainment far behind him.
That was until last year when his old promoter from the group was persistent about Que packing up and relocating to Los Angeles. “He told me that he had some opportunities for me in LA,” Que recalls. “He had called me two times prior, so the last time he called, I took
a leap of faith.”
Since being in sunny California, he teamed back up with his previous label MEG Enterprises for his new, self-written single “Safe with Me.” His innocent good looks, Southern charm and honest humility earned Que a position as ambassador for 2T Water, and advertising model for Good Denim and Artqult clothing lines. He recently made an appearance at the 2016 All Star Basketball Game and took part in the annual Fuller Gordy’s Charity Bowling Event (Strike Fest) hosted by the legendary Berry Gordy.
He has also made appearances on MTV's "True Life" and Oxygen Network's "My Crazy Love" reality series, received a Reebok sponsorship and appeared in motion pictures “Joyful Noise,” “The Other Side” and “Rules.” Recently, he was selected to write the theme song for the Gordys’ upcoming “You Are a Star” talent search show and the theme song for the upcoming Michael Jackson documentary.
Added to that, his highly anticipated mixtape Split Personality is set for release in Spring, 2017. In the meantime, Mr. Williams is riding high off the success of his breakthrough first single “Safe With Me” and follow-up “Choppa” featuring Trey Stackx.
“I’m striving to obtain more and to do more in the entertainment industry,” he divulges.
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“I always wanted to be a triple threat: music, acting and fashion. That’s what I always wanted to do, and for it to actually be happening is crazy but it’s great because that’s what I wanted to happen.
He continues, “I just want to be real in my music. I sing about how I love this person or how I feel or if I had my heart broken. That stuff is still going on today. People just don’t talk about it, but I do.”
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