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Stacey Q

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Stacey Q, born Stacey Lynn Swain in November 30, 1958 in the city of Fullerton, California is an American pop singer, dancer and actress. She is best known for her 1986 hit single “Two of Hearts”.

Swain was introduced to the recording industry by her then-boyfriend, a local musician. Her recording career began in 1981, when she met producer, future manager and longtime collaborator Jon St. James. St. James had also been a “sound-alike” announcer for Los Angeles radio and was proprietor of Fullerton’s Casbah Recording Studio, which had hosted Berlin and Social Distortion.

In 1981 Swain and St. James formed the synthpop outfit Q composed of St. James on guitars, Dan Van Patten and John Van Tongeren on vocoder and synthesizer, and Swain as assistant producer. When the band was recording basic tracks for The Q EP, St. James realized someone was needed to provide vocals for the first track, “Sushi.” Swain, who had previously recorded demos at St. James’s studio, was asked to sing the lyrics, and her vocals were featured on the final record. Swain became the band’s lead singer based on that performance, even though she still considers herself a dancer rather than a singer.

Although The Q EP received virtually no airplay outside of college radio, that was successful enough for St. James and Swain to continue on other projects. In 1982, Q reformed with two additional members, drummer Karl Moet and synth player Rich West.

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