When she was in high school, Bianca Leanor Quinones discovered her dream job: a backup singer. But one glance at her gold-flecked eyes and a moment spent in her sunlit presence, and it’s clear that there’s no way she could blend into the background. Couple that with her pillowy soft voice, which manages to be earthy and ethereal at the same time, and she positively sparkles. After a couple of tracks on Soundcloud and a fiery feature on G-Eazy’s “Think About You,”, QUIÑ was unleashed to the universe.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA, QUIÑ has been establishing herself as one of the year’s most exciting break out acts. Her upcoming sophomore project, DREAMGIRL, is another step in her quest to carve out a lane in the industry with her unique fantasy soul sound – a term coined by the singer/songwriter herself. The five track EP has already garnered critical interest with the release of its first single “Sticky Situations” which Billboard called one of the best releases of the week while FADER raved that the song was “a willowy slow burner.” Outlets like High Snobiety, V Magazine, Elle, Teen Vogue and more have already picked QUIÑ as one of the year’s best new artists and it’s no surprise considering the 20-something year old has been making music from a young age.
Growing up in Pasadena, QUIÑ s house always swayed with music. Her mother was a dancer, and her father, a television director and transplant from the Bronx, played the congas, drums and trumpet. Her parents palled around with musicians such as singer/songwriter Patrice Rushen. QUIÑ would slip in and bang on the drums in recording studios. She loved harmonizing and singing in her church and school choirs, but was such an introvert, she froze up anytime the spotlight was shone on her.
“I remember singing little ditties in preschool, but I didn’t know I was singing out loud. One day my teacher said, ‘I love your little song!’ and I remember saying, I’m never singing again!” she says, laughing. “I was super sensitive to it because that was my gift. I had to grow into it.”
After releasing her debut EP, GALACTICA, in the fall of last year, QUIÑ garnered critical acclaim from outlets like FADER, VIBE, Okayplayer and more, she was then tapped by JMSN to support him on his recent tour that saw the pair wow crowds across the country. QUIÑ, reveling in her live performance, played venues and festivals all year including a stand out show at SXSW, playing a run of stages including the infamous FADER Fort. QUIÑ will continue to tour as she plays GALORE’s inaugral Girl Cult Conference in Los Angeles, Afropunk in Brooklyn and more taking her fantasy soul brand to new heights.