Gospel Soul Brunch: Quan Howell
Hosted by Debra James Tucker
The Gospel Soul Brunch Series continues with the outstanding vocalist/actor/praise leader Quan Howell. Hosted by Debra James Tucker on the first Sunday of each month as part of Soul Sunday — showtime is 2:30 pm and the Sunday brunch menu is available from 11 am until 3 pm.
Quan spent his early years singing at local churches and with two local groups, The James Cleveland Youth Chapter and The Allen Family. He received his first professional break in 1995 as the new lead singer with the group Sounds of Blackness and they recorded several hit songs, which opened up many opportunities for him to record and do background work with Ann Nesby, Rod Stewart, Johnny Gill, New Edition, Salt ‘n’ Pepa, Kirk Franklin, Tamela Mann and many other famous artist. He also had the pleasure of recording movie soundtracks for How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Down in the Delta, The Apostle, and for Andrew Lloyd Weber and Walt Disney.
In the late 1990s, Quan decided to pursue his other passion: the theater. Well known author, director and producer Tyler Perry gave Quan his first opportunity to play the character Rev. Lewis in Perry’s first play, I Know I’ve Been Changed. Quan continued to play in Perry’s hit plays, I Can Do Bad All by Myself and Madea’s Family Reunion.
Following a three-year break from the entertainment business and a re-commitment of his life to the Lord, Quan became more involved in his local assembly and became the praise leader for New Covenant Believers’ Church. He has made numerous television show appearances, such as BET’s Sunday Best Season 6, Lifetime Network’s reality show Preach, TBN’s Praise The Lord and World Harvest’s 120 Live with Pastor Rod Parsley. So many opportunities that have come and Quan still has the energy and excitement to finish what God has allowed him to do.
The unique sound of vocalist Debra James Tucker is a product of extensive training in jazz, classical and gospel music. She is the writer/performer of the one woman show Survival of the Boulevard Singer (winner of an Ohio Arts Council Award for Individual Excellence), has been visiting instructor at Denison University for the History of African American Gospel Music, and an artist in residence with a number of youth arts organizations.
Soul Sunday at Natalie’s is held on the first Sunday of each month, and includes a delicious Brunch from 11 am until 3 pm, with the Derek DiCenzo TRio performing between 11 am and 1 pm. The Gospel Soul Brunch show begins at 2:30 pm and presents the best national and regional gospel artists, hosted and coordinated by Debra James Tucker. The evening show, hosted by Paisha Thomas, features a variety of soul bands and artists starting at 8 pm. In addition to the regular menu, enjoy a soul food special sponsored by Smithfield Ham, created just for this series!
Venue: Natalie’s Coal Fired Pizza
Date: Sunday, March 1
Time: 2:30 pm