Three of soul music’s most potent voices have come together for a noteworthy cause—empowering millions more to use their voices to bring about positive change.
“The power to move the world begins with a single voice, and a single voice can be the match to light the fire of hope, love and progress for women and the world.”
That’s the mission for The Queen Project, a pro-social movement started by award-winning R&B/soul singers Tamia, Deborah Cox, and Kelly Price. “We all share the same passion for music but it was our pro-social and charitable work that bought us together,” says Grammy-winner Kelly Price.
According the ladies, who would prefer not to be called “TDK”—contrary to published reports—the Queen Project is 100% about the empowerment of women and the families that rely on them. The goal is bigger than music—to encourage sisters, mothers, daughters, wives, and grandmothers to embrace activism, regardless of any obstacles in their path.
Individually their musical accolades speak for themselves. Tamia was introduced to the world by Quincy Jones in 1995 on the Grammy-nominated hit “You Put A Move On My Heart.” She’s since gone on to carve out roles in Hollywood (Speed II) and release a string of R&B hits. The multi-talented Cox has six top-20 Billboard R&B singles, an impressive ten #1 hits on Billboard’s Hot Dance Club Play chart and the lead role in Elton John and Tim Rice’s Broadway musical Aida. Kelly Price made an immediate impact on the charts with her 1998 album Soul of A Woman which featured the #1 smash women’s anthem ”Friend of Mine.”
The ladies will kick of the music leg of the project with the single “Queen,” the first of many original compositions from the trio. The uplifting cut also serves as a statement of purpose for the movement to come.
The ladies emphasize that this union is about much more than entertainment, and don’t want the Queen Project to be perceived merely as the making of a musical supergroup. “It’s so much more than the three of us getting together to sing,” Tamia says. “We have a voice that can speak out on other things that don’t just pertain to a melody. It’s a way for us to come together in a pro-social way. It starts with us but it doesn’t end with us. We want to bring attention to different causes that can change the world a little bit.”
As part of their work with The Queen Project, all three artists will participate in a series of philanthropic efforts to raise awareness and resources for the advancement of women—from workshops to wellness forums and more. The trio will embark on music and women’s empowerment forum tour later this year and will continue throughout 2010, with all music releases and live concerts dedicated to lifting up their voice to bring attention to urgent women’s issues.
Cox emphasizes that The Queen Project is not just about the three of them, but that all women should be considered queens. “We just want to invite women who have the same views and the same perspectives to join us,” she says. “It really is open to anyone who wants to come along on a campaign to empower women.” Spoken like a true Queen.
By Rondell Conway of soulsummer.com