Quinn XCII is a Detroit-based vocalist and songwriter who fuses pop, hip-hop, reggae, and EDM into his own unique sound. His songs are typically about failed relationships and heartbreak, but they're often sung or rapped over bright, sunny backing tracks that partially disguise the melancholy sentiments of the lyrics. His debut full-length, The Story of Us, was released in late 2017.
Born Mikael Temrowski in 1992, the Motown-influenced artist began making music in high school and later, while a student at Michigan State University, working with his Ann Arbor-based friend Ayokay on additional tracks. His hip-hop mixtape Shlup appeared in 2013, but he gained more attention as his songs became more pop-focused. Following the spring 2015 release of his Change of Scenery EP, his single "Stung" was released by Atlantic imprint Taste and Tone later in the year. "Kings of Summer," a collaboration with Ayokay, followed in early 2016, as did Quinn's EP Bloom. A pair of catchy singles, "Straightjacket" and "Make Time," dropped in late 2016 and early 2017, respectively. The former landed on his official full-length debut, The Story of Us, which was released in September 2017 on Columbia Records. The next year, he signed with the Visionary Music Group management company and issued a deluxe edition of his debut, adding an additional disc of songs, including "What the Hell Happened to Us," a duet with Kailee Morgue. 2018 also saw the release of "Middle Finger," a collaboration with Phoebe Ryan, and the solo single "Panama." His second album From Michigan with Love was released in February of 2019, and an international tour was planned around the album. ~ Paul Simpson