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Subject: Quindon Tarver, singer featured in "Romeo + Juliet" and American Idol

He was 38
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Date Posted: Thursday, April 08, 07:35:42am

Quindon Tarver, a McKinney native who appeared as a choirboy in Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet and on seasons two and seven of American Idol, has died. He was 38.

Tarver died in a car accident Thursday night on President George Bush Turnpike, his uncle Kevin Tarver said.

“He had been through so much,” said Kevin Tarver. “But his focus was on his music. He was getting ready to make his comeback. He had been in the studio working on a project that was supposed to be released this year.”

Quindon Tarver was born in McKinney in 1982, where he started singing in church choirs at age 4. He appeared in the video for Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” and signed with Virgin Records at 12. While recording his debut album, Quindon, he was asked to audition for Romeo + Juliet.

Tarver performed covers of Prince’s “When Doves Cry” and Rozalla’s “Everybody’s Free” in the 1996 film. His songs were also featured in the double platinum soundtrack to the movie.

Released the same year as the movie, his first album included a hit single, “It’s You That’s On My Mind.” He took off on a tour with the singers Brandy and Monica. But shortly after having found fame at 14, he was back home in Texas.

In a 2017 interview, Tarver said his career stalled because he spoke out about being “raped and molested” as a child in the music industry. He said he’d struggled with drugs and alcohol and attempted suicide in 2012.

“Young artists be aware of wolves in sheep’s clothing!” Tarver said in a Instagram post from December.

In 2016, Tarver sang “When Doves Cry” at a Prince tribute in Los Angeles. He released a single, “Stand Our Ground,” last year.


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"Featured On" meant he tried out and never made it past the auditions. That must be hard, especially after having minor hits. (NT)Resume seems a bit padded.Thursday, April 08, 09:06:57pm

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