Demetrius Doctor Quartet featuring Quiana Parler
Demetrius Doctor – Bio
Demetrius Doctor, 24, grew up navigating the treacherous terrain of the Liberty Hill neighborhood of North Charleston where history and pride are intertwined with poverty and crime.
“The inner city life really shaped me to know what I wanted and didn’t want to do,” he said.
What he wanted to do was play music, and his lifelong experience in the church provided the framework and inspiration. Doctor attended the Charleston County School of the Arts starting in sixth grade, then spent a year at Belmont University before transferring to the College of Charleston where he fell in with a talented group of jazz students.
Suddenly he was being challenged to think about music in a new way. Church riffs and gospel styles formed the foundation of his musical sensibilities, but jazz was stretching him, challenging his instincts and demanding discipline.
Doctor soon demonstrated the growing range of his talent. Even while still in school he was beginning to play professional gigs. Today, he is considered one of the young hot shots on the scene.
Quiana Parler – Bio
A native of Charleston, South Carolina. Quiana Parler began her professional career singing for Calvin Gilmore of the “The Carolina Opry”. After years of being one of the most sought after vocalists in South Carolina Low Country, in 2003 she placed in the Top 48 of season two of the Fox hit American Idol. This led Parler to the gig she is most known to Triangle audiences for: touring as a vocalist with American Idol’s Clay Aiken. In addition to touring with Aiken, she has shared the stage with a diverse array of national artists ranging from Keith Sweat to Kelly Clarkson. She can be heard on albums by Clay Aiken, Bianca Ryan, and Renee Olstead. She has also recorded with some of the industry’s most respected producers: Walter Afanasieff and David Foster. She has performed on Saturday Night Live, The View, NBC’s Today Show, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Good Morning America, Tyra, and numerous other national television programs. After years on the road, Quiana has returned home to Charleston, SC and assembled an incredible group of players and singers chosen from the top tier of South Carolina’s musical elite. This is an exciting and interactive band, but also a group with deep-rooted musical sophistication. Their song list is extremely diverse, featuring the musical history of the past 50 years. Quiana Parler and Friends travels all across the USA and abroad for weddings, corporate and social clients, entertaining folks who just want to have fun. Quiana’s high-powered musical/performance band has captured rave reviews with their raw energy and endless enthusiasm. Quiana has taken the crowd-pleasing formula of her professional experience and combined it with a soul-stirring band for a combination that’s simply outstanding. From Jazz, Pop, R&B, to Rock & Roll this is one band you don’t want to miss! Quiana has also performed for Benefit Focus, Roper Xavier Hospital, The Duchess of York, Berkeley Electric Cooperative, DART, Baker Motor Company, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Morris Nissan, Moja Arts Festival, & many more