TaQuita Thorns has always shared her emotionally-charged, power-packed voice in some dynamic way or form.
She began performing at family events at age 4, and singing over her school’s public announcement system in Detroit. “While my four sisters and brother played outside, I preferred to stay indoors singing and performing in a mirror,” said the Motown-city native. The wunderkind took to writing songs and illustrating her lyrics, meshing that with an ability to hold a note with spellbinding power. She took cues from the greats: James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and more. By her teenage years, she had joined a girls group, the concert choir, and dance company at Detroit’s own Denby Tech and Preparatory High School.
With a steady grind like that, it was only a matter of time before stardom was calling.
In 2005, Thorns caught the eye of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs in the MTV talent competition “Making the Band 3.” Though her stellar vocals made an impression, her passion and exuberance also did her justice. Even after leaving New York without a spot in the now-defunct group Danity Kane, she persevered. “I have always had faith in myself, and in my ability to achieve the goals I set,” she said. MTV executives took notice of her dynamic talent and likeability; she landed a network spin-off, “The TaQuita and Kaui Show,” documenting her chasing her dream with fellow MTB alum Kaui Beamer in 2007.
It was a learning experience. “Working with big networks such as MTV, it’s important to have creative control,” said the singer and songwriter, who now has her own label, On Orbit Records.
At age 26, Thorns re-emerges as an intrepid powerhouse, with the same charisma that had made the late Whitney Houston into an icon. Breaking away from the trail of artists with one-dimensional sounds, the unassuming singer’s musical melting pot simmers with R&B, pop, funk, house, disco, and rock ingredients. It is a taste to savor on her solo debut, Rough & Fancy, to be released in late spring. The album finds its appeal in heartfelt love songs, and narratives of self-love and acceptance. “I hope the fans who hear my album feel stronger, happier and more positive,” she shared. “My music brings great joy to my life, and I hope it does the same for others.”