Quincy Henry -- aka Q Dot -- is a Grammy-nominated musician with a penchant for higher learning.
"I really do love the business side of music as much as the creative side because it's such a challenge," Henry said in a phone interview with the Herald this week.
He's working toward a music doctorate from Full Sail University, which offers campus and online courses for people interested in the world of enterainment and media.
"I have no doubt I will achieve that goal," Henry said. "But I think I'll always find time to perform too."
But while the business of music might keep him challenged, it's the music itself that gives him peace.
You can hear Henry perform music ranging from hip-hop to soul as well as R&B and boogie dance tunes Aug. 22 at The Roxy in downtown Kennewick. Showtime is 10:30 p.m. Cover charge is $5, and it's only open to the 21 and older crowd.
Henry, who grew up in Federal Way, takes his 2009 Grammy nomination for best urban alternative with a grain of salt.
"I just got lucky," he said. "But I'm not complaining. It's cool to be nominated."
He's always been interested in music since learning piano as a kid, but it wasn't until 2005 that he started performing professionally and struck out on a solo career in 2009.
"I love sitting at the piano and singing songs that are insightful," he said. "But I also love the idea of some day providing a mentorship for new artists, because the way the system works now can be brutal for up and coming musicians."
Henry has toured or performed with notable musicians like Kanye West, Sir Mix A Lot, Mike Jones and the Ying Yang Twins. His Tri-City gig is a new stop on his Masquerade Ball Tour.
"I like visiting new places and I haven't performed in Tri-Cities yet so I'm looking for ward to it," Henry said.
A selection of local musicians will open the show starting at 9 p.m.
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