For years, Q Parker stood next to Slim, Mike and Daron as a member of the group 112.
These days, he’s looking to take his place alongside Trey Songz, Tyrese, Raheem Devaughn, and Anthony Hamilton as he embarks on a solo career post-112. Ultimately, the goal is to be mentioned in sentences with Luther Vandross, Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass and Marvin Gaye, authors of timeless love and the architects of the blueprint Parker has followed on his way to creating The MANual, his debut solo project and valiant attempt to restore romance to R&B.
“Show You How” is the lead single from the forthcoming album and is a return to love, a classic love song directed towards a woman Parker feels is being taken for granted by the man she loves and he vows that he can and will do better. The song seems metaphorical for a void Q (and many others) believes R&B has right now, life beyond the club and bedroom, actual relationships between men and women. Something the devoted husband and father knows well, he’s been the pen behind many of 112’s hits, as well as Keyshia Cole’s “I Should Have Cheated” and Kevin Lyttle’s “Turn Me On” and is using this opportunity to not only endeavor to bring us back to love, but fully showcase his ability as well.
The other void in R&B is one that Q is partially responsible for, actually ¼ of the responsibility is his and that’s the absence of a viable male R&B group, which has pretty much been the case since 112 went on sabbatical a few years ago. As a member of the group, he wasn’t fully capable of displaying what he’s all about, having to share songs, stage, cameras and journalists with the other guys. At the time, it was about the unit, but he still sought to find his niche, so he began working out. The obsession to be the “fit” guy in the group let to his discovery of a healthy lifestyle and more than working out, he got into wellness.
That lifestyle has become the inspiration behind the Q Parker Fitness Calendar, not just 12 months of photos showing off his sculpted abs, but health and wellness tips to assist everyday people in adopting a healthier diet and routine. The calendar is also a way for Q to aid another cause he’s passionate about; a portion of the proceeds will be donated to cancer research, specifically breast and prostate cancer research. That’s just the type of man he is.
The MANual is his opportunity to demonstrate that point further; he practically grew up in front of our eyes and this is his first chance to really exhibit who he is and express himself fully, in his own words. He promises that his first solo effort will show us that love, romance, chivalry and all the trappings of true relationships still exist and are needed in the marketplace. For many, the task may be daunting after being part of a unit for so long, but Q Parker may just be the man for the job.
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