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Quinn XCII Provides THON 2021 With Perfect ‘Change Of Scenery’

The first hours of THON sure feel like another day in paradise, especially now that Quinn XCII, THON’s first guest performer, has taken the stage (virtually) from a cozy, plant-filled studio.

Mikael Temrowski, better known as Quinn XCII, comes from Detroit, is known for his poppy songs such as “Straightjacket,” “Another Day in Paradise,” “Am I High Rn (feat. blackbear),” and the song in the THON 2019 recap video, “Right Where You Should Be.” Quinn XCII has been known to tour and collaborate with the other THON guest performer, Louis The Child, who will take the virtual stage Saturday at 8:30 p.m.

Quinn XCII opened with “A Letter To My Younger Self,” the title song from his most recent album He followed with the upbeat song, “Sleep While I Drive,” thanking Penn State and THON for giving him the opportunity to promote a good cause.

“We are so happy to be here with you, Penn State, at THON supporting [the fight against] children’s cancer and raising awareness for that. We cannot be more humbled and blessed to be here so thank you guys,” Quinn XCII said. “It’s such an honor to be promoting such an amazing event and amidst everything going on. It felt like such a great thing to be a part of, so thank you guys for reaching out.”

Next, Quin XCII went into “Candle” and “Always Been You,” songs off the album that helped throw him into the spotlight, “The Story of Us”

To slow things down, Quinn XCII sang “Panama,” a song about his grandparents who had passed away

“This song I wrote about my grandparents who passed away all in one year, so it was a crazy time for me when it happened,” said Quinn XCII. “I feel like this song kind of captures exactly what I was trying to say to some of our time together. It’s more of a celebration of their lives instead of something that’s sad.”

Quinn XCII got back into a groovy mood with “Coffee,” “Straightjacket,” and “Stacy,” all from his list of more popular songs.

He plugged his upcoming album that drops March 5 with “Another Day in Paradise” from one of his first projects, “Change of Scenery.” Quinn XCII’s upcoming album is called “Change of Scenery II” as a nod to where he started out.

“Thank you, guys, for doing what you do and choosing us to be a part of it,” Quinn XCII said as he approached the end of his set.

For the first time ever, Quinn XCII performed “My Wife & 2 Dogs” which dropped a week ago from the upcoming album. After shouting out a few We Are!s, Quinn XCII closed his set with “Stay Next To Me,” another single off of the upcoming album, leaving behind an uplifting mood at the end of his performance.

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Mackenna Yount

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