Queen of Hearts Bio
Queen of Hearts is a rare musical partnership – Three very different women, possessing three distinct voices that blend so seamlessly, you’d swear they’ve been singing their signature brand of soul-infused, R&B/Pop together all their lives.
In fact, the trio – Alessandra, Sasha and Nikole – have only been singing together for a little over two years, since meeting at a Toronto area audition in late 2009. For all three landing a spot in the group was a dream come true – A chance to finally share the talents they’d nurtured individually since childhood with the world, and a justification of the choices and sacrifices they’d made in the hopes of doing so.
Nikole explains “When we auditioned for that group we didn’t know each other at all, but we have a way of meshing that’s rare, and for three strangers to say, ‘let’s stick together’, there has to be something there.”
Clearly, there is. All three are vocal powerhouses, and each brings something unique to the table. The result is a mix of sheer power and sweet, smoky soul that showcases their ample individual chops and uncanny knack for crafting incredibly tight harmonies in equal measure.
Firmly convinced in their strength as a unit, QOH immediately began looking for the right people to help them develop their sound. At a packed 2010 showcase at Toronto’s Tryst Nightclub they found them; songwriting/production team, Sammy Blues and Bobby Brass of Kuya Productions Inc. (Nelly, Ginuwine, Jesse McCartney, Girlicious, JRDN).
Since, Queen of Hearts have continued to hone their sound and expand their already substantial vocal chops, posting a series of standout cover songs on www.qohmusic.com and collaborating with high profile R&B, pop and soul songwriters in Toronto, New York and Los Angeles. Among them: Lazonate Franklin (co-writer of Lady Gaga and Beyonce’s ‘Telephone’), Rob Allen (Rihanna), KC Livingston (Pussycat Dolls) and Lil’ Eddie (Jennifer Lopez, P. Diddy, Kylie Minogue), who co-wrote Queen of Hearts’ first single, ‘Look At Me Now’, with Kuya.
For Alessandra, the urge to sing was a product of growing up in a musical home, attending a performing arts school, landing roles in musical theatre productions and studying classical voice with a private instructor. “I first picked up a microphone at the age of three,” she says. “My dad had an old stereo and it was our ritual every night after dinner to sing songs from Disney’s Beauty and Beast together and record it. My musical tastes, however, I attribute to my mom. She played Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Deborah Cox every chance she could; artists that I still consider my greatest vocal influences.”
For Nikole, it was a sudden realization. “I heard Selena on the radio when I was eight-years-old. My mom saw my facial expression, and went right out and bought me the CD. I took it home and learned every single song, singing alone in my bedroom. From that point on I sang all the solos in my school choir. I got such a rush out of that.” Like Alessandra, Nikole continued to hone her talents by attending performing arts school, in various vocal and theatre groups, while studying dance and classical piano and taking on increasingly diverse roles in the productions and groups she joined.
As Sasha recalls “I started singing when Whitney Houston released one of her hits from The Bodyguard. I remember listening to it, going outside by myself and trying to sing it. I never stopped from then on.” She decided to join her local church choir and began singing in talent shows – improving her skills every chance she had. "When your family owns and operates a restaurant, finding opportunities to practice isn't always easy." But practice she did, turning her sheer passion for music into a recipe for success. Sasha is a dreamer that isn't afraid of a hard day's work. As she puts it, "Effort is critical. If you really want something, you've got to dedicate your whole life to it."
For Queen of Hearts the investment is paying off; in a well-deserved shot at a chance to live their dreams, and in an opportunity to instill in others, particularly young girls and women, how important embracing their individuality, celebrating their differences and being comfortable with exactly who they are is to realizing their goals, whatever they may be.
On QOH’s lead single, ‘Look At Me Now’, that’s a message that comes across in every line.
Falling in love with the voice of Selena at a young age, Nikole knew she was destined for a career in music. She took on lead roles in choirs and later in musical theatre productions. Attending a performing arts school, she studied voice, dance, and acting. The overwhelming rush she received at age 12 playing the part of “Leasal” in the ‘Sound of Music” intensified her passion.
Inspired by the soulful, effortless sounds of Celine Dion, Aaliyah, Tamia, Lauryn Hill, Britney Spears, and Jennifer Lopez, this sassy Spanish-Trinidadian revs up QOH with her fiery and quick-witted lines, smooth vocals, and sharp dance moves.
Embracing all of herself, Nikole embodies what it means to be a true Queen. ‘Being a Queen means accepting yourself, loving yourself and embracing every flaw, quirk, beautiful, and awkward piece that makes you, you.”
Finding secret places to sing whenever she had the chance when growing up, Sasha has never given up on her passion for music. Despite what others may have told her about pursuing a career in the industry, this unique Indo-Eurasian is unstoppable and commands attention as a vocal powerhouse.
A romantic at heart, her musical obsessions include Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child, and SWV. Also inspired by Michael Jackson, not only was he an incredible artist but a true humanitarian, and his dedication to making the world a better place.
A perfect fit with her QOH sisters, she easily expresses herself and strives to stay on a continuous learning curve. “A Queen is ever-evolving and is unafraid to be herself. Even though I’m shy, I will get on stage and give it all I got because that’s what a Queen would do.”
Performing in musical theatre productions from a young age, Alessandra immediately knew there was something completely right about being on stage. For this Italian blonde-bombshell, singing comes as natural as breathing “There isn’t a thing in the world I’ve come across that is able to stimulate my being the way that music can.”
A trained vocalist who hails from a performing arts school, Al draws inspiration and personal styles from musical genres including pop/contemporary, R&B, hip hop, jazz, and theatre. Her favorite artists include Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Deborah Cox, Robyn, and Carrie Underwood.
Thrilled to be living the dream with QOH, this flirty and outspoken Queen stirs up the action with her pop-esque flair, vocal strength and keen ear for musicality. Camera-ready at all times, she proudly represents a Queen “A true Queen embraces her imperfections, accepts negativity as a form of flattery, self-loves but does not love selfishly and walks through life with dignity.”
QOH is now accepting donations for "Dance 4 Love" in Support of Toronto Youth Arts. Contributions will be dispersed throughout various programs within the GTA. Click on the link above to donate now and help QOH support youth arts!
October 12, 2012
NOVEMBER 11, 2012
QOH will be performing LIVE at Tattoo Rock Parlour on November 11, 2012. Check back soon for more info!!
OCTOBER 26, 2012
QOH will be performing LIVE at Vogue Supper Club in Toronto on October 26th, 2012! Visit http://www.voguesupperclub.com for more info! Hope to see you there!
OCTOBER 25, 2012
QOH is very excited to host a workshop at R.S McLaughlin High School in Oshawa, ON! The girls will be performing for a very special evening planned for grade 9 and 10 girls. Can you say GIRL POWER?!!!!
October 11, 2012
QOH will be performing LIVE at ALOFT Hotel in Vaughan, ON tonight at 8pm. Free Admission! See you guys there!
In addition, we have been made aware of the facebook "glitch" on our fanpage, as well as our "Like" count. We are working on getting this fixed. In the mean time please continue to share, like and support us on all of our online channels!
Sept 22, 2012
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August 29, 2012
A HUGE thank you to 97.5 The River @ckrvfm
for playing and adding our new single "Dance 4 Love" to rotation! -xo ♥ QOH
August 25, 2012
We are performing the National Anthem at Hoops 4 Hope Celebrity Charity Basketball Tournament on August 25, 2012 at Ryerson University in Toronto. We are huge supporters of local youth programs and are excited to participate in this amazing event!
See you there :)
August 24, 2012
We are performing this Friday, August 24 at #UNPLUGGED 2012! JUST BGRAPHIC will be hosting another Summer showcase at the Yorkwoods Theatre. Performances by singer, dancers and JBG kids, and a special dance choreographed by TUCH from Do Dat Entertainment (@jusTUCH). Hosting will be Tika Simone (@TikaSimone) and DJing will be Ricochet from the iLLkidz (@ILLKIDZ).
August 20, 2012
Our New Single DANCE 4 LOVE has been serviced to radio today! So excited!!! Please request us on your local radio station! #D4L
March 3, 2012
We're performing at CANADIAN MUSIC FEST on March 24! Click here to check out our profile page for more info!