In South Carolina’s celebrated existence, the state has produced several music icons such as the late great Godfather of Soul James Brown, R&B songstress Angie Stone, Rock-n-Roll pioneer Chubby Checker, rap sensation Young Jeezy and deceased cabaret singer/movie star Eartha Kitt. Poised to join this super exclusive group of musical stalwarts is South Carolina native and budding pop superstar Naquia. Born Naquia Natosha Scott, aka Naquia in Florence, South Carolina and raised in the tiny township of Cheraw, served as the rearing site for a young lady destined for superstardom. Singing since the tender age of two, Naquia dazzled church audiences weekly as a youth with her one of a kind style that pairs unyielding vocal power and incredible range with flawless harmonies. Reputed for her prodigy music exploits made Naquia a local celebrity of sorts and a highly in demand singer throughout the state. So in demand, Naquia was aggressively recruited to be a part of South Carolina’s version of Destiny’s Child, a four member all girl group Unique. After traveling the region extensively honing her indelible vocal and performance capabilities at countless open mics and various artist showcases, Naquia left the group to pursue a solo career. While music is definitely her first love, the trained pianist and flutist also found times as a teen to star in basketball, track, gymnastics, softball, take ballet and tap dance lessons and be a key member on a nationally ranked high school marching band.
The granddaughter of Cheraw County’s first African American lawyer explains Naquia’s steadfast commitment to education and her fascination with judicial law, that has resulted in her obtaining a paralegal degree from Florence/Darlington Technical College and a bachelor’s of business administration with a concentration in legal studies from Strayer University in Atlanta, Georgia. Fortunate to come from a legendary music family, Naquia is the cousin of two deceased icons, jazz immortal Dizzy Gillespie and arguably the greatest male R&B crooner to ever live, Luther Vandross. Although extremely proud of her famous relatives, Naquia shuns any attempts to have preferential treatment thrown her way, preferring instead to use her wealth of God give abilities to make it on her own.
A true quadruple threat, Naquia is an accomplished singer, rapper, songwriter, and dancer who has worked with and opened concerts for numerous multi-platinum selling artists and producers to include, Young Joc, Jim Jones, Playa Circle, Gorilla Zoe, Webbie, 112, Wingo of Jagged Edge, Marques Houston, Bad Boy producer Tomcat and beat master extraordinaire Bolo, of T-Pain fame. Blessed with the face of an angel coupled with the physical dimensions of a goddess is the rare beauty that is Naquia, who towers as a beauty of epic proportions. Those almond eyes, that billion-dollar smile, breathtakingly long black silky hair, and curves that are sure to drive men crazy and make women the world over green with envy, compliments to her Irish, Jewish, Cherokee Indian and African American heritage.
Though only in her early twenties, Naquia is partial to the sounds of the 90s and is most inspired by music greats—Tina Turner, Maria Carey, Brandy, TLC, Beyonce, Monica, 702, Total, Groove Theory, the late Notorious B.I.G., and the late great King of Pop Michael Jackson, all of whom represent the level of success sought by this immensely talented songbird.
Signed to one of the fastest rising and most highly respected music companies in the South, Atlanta based I Am Music Records, under the first class leadership of label head Quinton “Q” Roberson is the team entrusted with making Naquia a global sensation. With the release of her much anticipated debut singles entitled “To Get It Back” and “Roller Coaster Love” totally annihilating the clubs and internet nationwide, it won’t be long before this southern bell who loves to cook and eat collard greens with apple cider vinegar becomes the new standard for music excellence.
Written by ‘The Voice’ T.P. Frazier