Shaquan Lakim Welch was born in Newark, New Jersey on November 23, 1988. He is a very artistic and multifaceted individual of the music industry; Songwriter, Producer, Director of Music, Vocal Instructor, and Vocalist. Shaquan is an Alumni of Arts High School in Newark, NJ and majored in Piano. Also, he is the son of Lakim Shabazz; a well-known rap artist of the 80’s who wrote lyrics for Queen Latifah song “U.N.I.T.Y.”
Shaquan often says, “I’m very passionate about music especially music for the Lord.” His music is influenced by different genres of music and famous artist: Gospel, Jazz, Classical, Rock, Acoustic, Contemporary Christian, Celtic, R&B, and Pop; Israel Houghton & New Breed, Ella Fitzgerald, Celtic Women, Donald Lawrence, Lalah Hathaway, Richard Smallwood.
At age 2, Shaquan discovered his gift of music while attending a church service with his grandmother. He was misbehaving and she reprimanded him for being disruptive the entire service. However, Shaquan decided to sit next to Edgar Kendrick; the musician who was playing the piano in the front of the church. Immediately, Shaquan practiced the same song when he got home. At this instance, his grandmother was stunned to hear Shaquan play the piano, so his talent is truly “a gift from God.”
Shaquan became very popular in the city of Newark at a very young age. At age 5, he played for many public events in the city including his first concert, annual Early Childhood Learning Institute Banquet, and playing for different churches and choirs. When he was 10 years old he began to travel and was the musician behind Mahalia Jackson impersonator Joshua Nelson, and played the piano for his mother’s wedding ceremony. Shaquan began writing, arranging, and composing music at the age of 12.
Shaquan was a Music Instructor at United Academy for approximately two years while also composing composed music for Poetry Performance Sessions. Throughout his musical career he has written, arranged, and composed music for many Christian artists: Pastor Fondrea Lewis, Carlton Pope & Provenance Music Group, Dunne Pearson Jr., and New Hope Association Mass Choir of NJ. He was a background vocalist for Dorinda Clark Cole, Melba Moore, Donald Malloy, Anthony Charles Williams II aka B. Slade, Kelly Price, and Cissey Houston. Lastly, he produced music for stage plays such as “Sugar and Rice” and “There’s nothing like a fairy tale.”
Currently, Shaquan is the Minister of Music at Galilee Baptist Church under the leadership of Pastor Zantesah Ingalls in Newark NJ, and a member of “Intermission”, a jazz band which he is the lead musician for the past nine years.