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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: QOK // Q-O-K
Recommended if you like: We enjoy playing and writing music that incorporates the elements of pop, rock, reggae, jazz, blues, latin, caribbean, and soul. While we don’t really fit into a musical box, we typically describe our sound as - if No Doubt & Lenny Kravitz had a baby whose Godfathers were Jimi Hendrix & Parliament/Funkadelic, was baptized by Bob Marley, christened by Led Zeppelin, went to highschool with the Red Hot Chili Peppers & Jason Mraz, and parties with the All American Rejects.
Story behind your band/artist name: QOK is an acronym for Queens Over Kings. Queens Over Kings is derived from the “full house”, a poker hand containing three cards of one rank and two cards of another rank - often shortened as blank (3 cards) over blank (2 cards). In our case there are 3 girls and 2 boys, hence Queens Over Kings. We then shortened it to QOK to differentiate ourselves from other musical groups named “Queens Over Kings”.
Band Members: Kristyn - Vocals // Jerald II - Guitar // Loren - Bass // Ingrid - Keyboard & Synth // Hallie - Drums
What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Ashburn, Virginia
At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: We have been performing throughout the DMV since 2012, and have opened for bands like RDGLDGRN at Jambrew in Herndon, and Jamie Grace at the WGTS Family Fun Fest.
We volunteer with local veteran organizations including USA Cares and FishingCommunities.org to help raise awareness for mental health, suicide prevention, and veteran affairs. Our song “Unknown Soldier” is the anthem for these causes.
Combining all of our musical talents, our instrument repertoire includes guitar, bass, trumpet, french horn, trombone, piano, drums, clarinet, ukulele, upright bass, and tenor steel pans. We hope to incorporate more of these in our original songs!
Our most unique gig was on a Carnival Cruise hosted by the DC Barbizon Modeling & Acting School. We performed in the middle of the Atlantic off the shore of Mexico.
Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Every member of QOK is a 1st degree black belt (hi-yah!) and yes, we are all related. Our debut EP "QOK: EPisode I" is available now in all online music stores!
Official Website URL: http://www.qokmusic.com
Facebook URL: https://www.facebook.com/QOKmusic/
iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/qok/id1280501010
Spotify Link: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3P84l6CLvBiXdjOCrcW6ak
Main Genre: Pop
Other Genres: pop rock, alternative, alternative rock, alternative pop rock, family friendly