2017 continues to be a breakout year for the newcomer Detroit singer/songwriter, Quinn XCII. With his ability to seamlessly blur the lines between pop, electronic, hip-hop, and soul music, he has quickly paved his own lane with his unique sound.
An early mixtape release turned heads, but it was his debut EP Change of Scenery, released in 2015, that put Quinn XCII on the map, connecting with the blogosphere and snaring millions of online streams. His follow-up EP release, Bloom, cemented his ability to meld styles and write about more varied subject matter. Next it was his featured vocals on “Kings of Summer”, a collaboration with longtime friend and producer ayokay (with whom he also exclusively worked with on his first two EPs), that started to bring him to the mainstream. The song became the sleeper summer hit of 2016, reaching #1 on Spotify’s Global Viral Charts, #1 on HypeMachine, accumulating over 50 million plays on Spotify, and getting regular spins at Top 40 radio around the country.
Quinn XCII’s has garnered raves for his versatile performing style. With over 70 shows across the country under his belt in 2016, including Spring and Fall support tours and Billboard’s Hot 100 Festival in Long Island NY, he has become known by fans for his live show. In the Spring of 2017 he went on his first sold-out headline tour through the east and west coast, straight into summer festival highlights such as Firefly Music Festival (Dover), Mamby On The Beach (Chicago), and Breakaway Music Festival (Grand Rapids and Columbus). His energy and personality translate naturally during his performance, making even the festival-sized crowds feel like intimate shows.
Quinn XCII’s debut album The Story of Us is set to release on September 15 via Columbia Records. The album is led by his rising single “Straightjacket,” which was named SoundCloud’s “Song of the Month” and reached #3 on SoundCloud’s Pop chart; at Spotify, “Straightjacket” has been streamed more than 12 million times around the globe, with 2 million monthly listeners. With his first nationwide headline tour directly to follow the album release, Quinn XCII is bound to finish off the year in a big way.