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Qaasim Middleton from "American Idol 2015" is one of the top 24 contestants in Season 14 of the FOX reality singing competition. He sang "Sir Duke" by Stevie Wonder for his audition in New York. Qaasim is from Brooklyn, New York.

Qaasim Middleton previously starred in Nickelodeon's rock band mockumentary, "The Naked Brothers Band." As the lead guitarist of the group, he is a natural on the instrument. His killer riffs shine through in many of the band's big hits. But his real talent lies in another area. He is the resident ladies man of the group. With his quick wit and smooth tongue, he can — and will — talk up any girl. Often, he serves as a sort of coach for the other boys in the band, giving them advice on how to get girls. Overall he is a brainy kid and a rockin' band mate.

Here is an interview with Qaasim:

When did you first start singing? 

I was about six when I first started singing and harmonizing. However, I performed for the first time at age eight at our church for a solo; I sang a Stevie Wonder song "For Once in My Life" at a church function.
 
What role does music play in your life? 

Music is my life — it's my escape, a creative outlet. It's a platform for growth in many ways ... in many different fields. It's my way of communicating emotions that may be too complicated to explain. It's my distraction. It's my dream. It's my nightmare. Music is my life.
 
What makes you unique?

What makes me unique is my style of music, my style of dress, my characteristics of my musicality. I don't think that I sound like anyone else vocally. I have my own sound ... My own style of singing that I've managed to roll into one ... from listening to Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Prince, Ray Charles, Jimi Hendrix, D'Angelo, John Mayer, etc., and I just blend them into a soulful pot of melodious harmonies & symphonies and came up with Qaasim Seawright-Middeton. I know exactly who I am as a vocalist and no one can be me as UNIQUELY as I can be ME. I think I am pretty special!
 
Do you have a wish list of writers you'd like to write with? If so, who? 


I would like to write with James Blake, Bruno Mars, John Mayer, Ed Sheeran, Stevie Wonder, Drake, Bon Iver, Chance The Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, D'Angelo, Tori Kelly.
 
What are your top three all-time favorite songs and why?

"A Song for You" — Donny Hathaway

(I'm stuck between ... ) "All My Life" — Foo Fighters / "My Hero" — Foo Fighters

The entire "Songs in the Key of Life" album — Stevie Wonder
 
What is your strongest musical strength?

I believe that my strongest musical strength is my originality. It emanates into all I write, compose and sing. You can recognize my musicality with it, my chordal progressions, my rhythmic notations, my melodic frames and my lyrical content - all stemming from my originality.
 
What is your greatest musical weakness?

My lack of expertise with some of my favored instruments. That comes with time and practice, but I promised myself that in this lifetime I will do my best to perfect all that I do.
 
Who are your top three favorite and most influential artists? What is it about your favorite artists that you are drawn to?

My top three favorite artists are Stevie Wonder, Prince, and Michael Jackson. Each artist has an outstanding amount of personality within their music which makes them stand out. Their image holds a lot of weight, whether it's being perceived a weirdo, to having sex appeal, to being a genius. Each artist that I mentioned is a genius. They have outstanding stage presence. Each of them are legends in the music industry, and will continue to be-dead or alive. They made a huge mark in music.
 
If you had to pattern your career after another artist, who would it be and why?

Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder and Prince because they are magnificent ... They are performers in every sense of the word! I admire their focus and dedication and putting their hearts on the stage ... giving it all up.
 
Why do you think you should be the next "American Idol"?

I think I should be the next American Idol because I believe that the entire WORLD is waiting for an artist like me! I don't think that there is another artist in this competition like me!! My parents won't even advise or let me put up any of my original music because they feel that it's too special to share unprotected and they feel that the world should ONLY get it when I get my first deal. I know that I am a gifted songwriter and composer and I also am a gifted beat maker!! I think the world is waiting for another electrifying performer. I feel that my music, my image and my likeness can touch and change peoples' hearts and minds and will give them great "feel good" music ...




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QAASIM MIDDLETON: FACTS

How old is Qaasim Middleton? Who is Qaasim Middleton dating? Find out here.

Age: 22 years old
Birthday: January 13, 1995
Full Name / Real Name: Jakson Middleton
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY





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