Ambitious, courageous, gorgeous, talented, cover girl - all these words accurately describe the phenomenon known as Cara Quici.
Quici, who has recently graced the cover of such magazines as Dark Beauty, Millennium, Cliche and Symphony, was also the subject of a photo spread in Maxim (see slideshow). But she is not just a pretty face - she's loaded with mad musical skills and the determination to excel. Check out her interview in the January 14 issue of Naluda.
Quici recently released an official remake of the monster Beastie Boys' hit (You've Got to) Fight for your Right (to Party). Quici's version of the song was personally approved by Rick Rubin and The Beastie Boys, and is accompanied by Cara’s first official music video, featuring former professional basketball star Dennis Rodman. The YouTube video reached over a million views within two weeks of release. The single Fight releases to iTunes on January 21.
Quici is an American singer/songwriter born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas, who first began singing church hymns at the age of 4. Throughout her school years, she cultivated and showcased her talent by participating in local school talent shows and church musicals. As a pre-teen, she attended the International Modeling and Talent Association (IMTA) Convention in Hollywood, California with her Texas Agency, Infinity Model and Talent Agency and won various awards for singing, dancing, acting, and modeling.
Unable to move to Hollywood, Cara flew back to Texas, leaving multiple contracts behind. She fueled her need to perform on stage by auditioning for cheerleading and went on to become a competition cheerleader, winning many first place trophies with her team at Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) competitions. She was also chosen as a “Who’s Who of American Cheerleaders.” On her 18th birthday, which coincidentally was the day she graduated from high school, she left her small Texas town for the lights and stages of New York City.
After four years in New York, Cara branched out to Hollywood, where she prepared for her first professional recording sessions by attending Oksana’s School of Music for piano and voice. Her piano teacher was acclaimed pianist Oksana Kolesnikova. Shortly thereafter, she attended accomplished Musician’s Institute Hollywood vocal coach Carol Rogers, affectionately known as “Mama O,” to her schooling.
After writing and recording over 30 songs with the industry’s top producers and writers in Los Angeles, New York, and Miami combined, Cara then released her first single to the public entitled Away From You, which she co-wrote. The track was executive produced by Max Gousse and produced by Billboard Hot 100 producer Fuego, who is most known for Jason Derulo’s hit Whatcha Say and the recent Chris Brown single Turn up the Music.
Quici's next song Away From You (Jump Smokers Remix) premiered with mass appeal to radio stations all over the country, as well as being picked up by TV’s Music Choice, and was able to reach the 27th position on the Billboard Dance charts.
Besides her musical prowess, Quici is also a television personality featured on numerous television shows, including popular late night talk show “Watch What Happens Live” hosted by Andy Cohen. Her national TV appearances include two episodes of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City (RHONY).”. During Episode 7, she performed three songs - Do it Now, Fall and Bad Girl. Quici's infamous performance became one of The Top 15 Moments of RHONY Season 5, due to its shock value.
In addition, Quici has appeared on numerous TV networks and was a cast member on NBC’s “Momma’s Boys” produced by Ryan Seacrest, has been a guest on Howard Stern’s TV and radio show twice for both E! Entertainment and Howard TV, as well as being a top Google trend after her most recent Howard TV appearance.
Her unreleased songs, Adios, OAI and Clone were featured on four episodes of CMT's hit show “Southern Nights,” including the finale episode. Her most recent interview was for Playboy Television's “The Playboy Morning Show,” hosted by Kevin Klein & Andrea Lowell. The interview features Cara and her “FIGHT” music video, and aired simultaneously on Playboy Radio on September 26, 2013.
Quici consistently works with acting coaches, dance choreographers and vocal coaches, including renowned vocal coach Wendy Parr and well-known acting coaches Iris Klein and Janet Alhanti. She has successful live shows under her belt and has been in high demand in Manhattan, performing at every major exclusive venue including the famous celebrity filled 1 Oak, where Leonardo DiCaprio was in attendance the evening of her live performance. Since then, Quici has been added to the “Armed Forces Entertainment” tour roster in support of our troops, and was named the official spokesperson of “Million Faces of Support,” which is a movement created to encourage and support our troops through creating a montage of a million supporting faces, as they try to set a world record for the largest mosaic photo, measuring the size of a football field.
Cara and celebrity fashion photographer Gian Andrea di Stefano collaborated in a series of photographs portraying her identity and iconic inspirations; Goddess of Punk Rock, Blondie’s leading lady, Debbie Harry, and the Queen of Pop, Madonna. The photos have received national attention and press in numerous major news outlets, blogs and magazines.