Qur'an Shaheed is a 28 year-old pianist, poet,
singer and songwriter from Pasadena,
California. She began playing piano at the age
of 4 under the teachings of her mother, Sharon
Shaheed and grandmother Monique Simpson.
Her father is Nolan Shaheed (previously Nolan
Smith), a decorated session trumpeter who was
Marvin Gaye's bandleader for some time in the
70's. In 2017 Qur'an met Los Angeles producer
and keyboardist Jesse Justice. The two clicked
and got to work quickly. This freshman release
from Qur'an is a culmination of personal growth
and discovery, almost three years in the making.
Throughout, they explore their own musical
limits by pushing themselves and each other,
resulting in a unique and honest project. The
musicians who appear on this album are young
and incredibly talented artists from LA including:
Mekala Session, Devin Daniels, and Aaron &
Lawrence Shaw (Black Nile) and more.
Qur'an has collaborated with Koreatown
Oddity & The Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra (of
which her father Nolan Shaheed is also a
member). She is also the keyboardist for Jimetta
Rose's gospel choir "The Voices of Creation".
Her focus now is collaborating with various
artists and releasing music in the spirit of
uplifting and uniting people.