Queyonoh Kweh, who is often referred to as simply Queena, is a Liberian American urban contemporary singer/songwriter who uses her musical style that blends soul, folk, urban gospel, and rhythm and blues to sing praises to her Lord and Savior.
She always knew that one day she would use her gifts of singing and songwriting to minister to others. That dream became reality with the 2013 release of her debut album Tears 4 Fears, where Queyonoh sings of her journey as a believer and highlights the way her walk with Christ transformed her life. She believes worship is not just for Sunday but should be the soundtrack of our lives and keep us in God’s presence.
Queyonoh was born February 16, 1984 in Kansas City, Missouri. Her Liberian parents, Beryl and Joseph Kweh, had immigrated to the United States in the early 1980s to escape the civil war raging in their West Africa homeland and pursue a better life in America. She is the youngest of four children and has two sisters, LuVersa and Yvonne, and one brother Joseph Jr.
A bit fearful as a child, she needed music for a restful sleep. As a result music became a “safe place” for her. She developed a love for music and began writing simple songs and playing the piano to express her love for Jesus.
The strong soul, jazz, and blues feel in the music of gospel greats Kim Burrell and Fred Hammond inspired her to feel confident in worshipping God in this nontraditional way. While still a child Queyonoh began singing at the Galilee Missionary Baptist Church in Kansas City, Missouri. She also sang with various other church and community choirs.
During her teens she experienced moments of depression, low self-esteem, and low self-image. Music and the power of God helped her through those trying times, and she wrote “Set Me Free,” which she included on her debut album Tears 4 Fears.
Queyonoh attended Ruskin High School in Kansas City, Missouri. She married Luis Gonzalez-Saiz in 2004 and has two children, Louis and Adrian. She and Gonzalez-Saiz divorced in 2009. That year she also earned a bachelor’s degree in public administration from Park University in Parkville, Missouri.
She has performed with the Lenexa Christian Center Praise and Worship Team, as well as alongside Alvin Slaughter, Geron Davis, Alvin Fruga, Asaph Ward, RJ Kelly, Joshua Mayfield, and the husband and wife duo Angelo and Veronica.
Queyonoh has partnered with My Halo Project, a mission group founded by Liberian refugees Fungbeh and Neyor Karmue and headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. The project provides care for orphans in Liberia who were left in the wake of a brutal, fifteen-year civil war that ended in 2004. Queyonoh plans to compose a song and dedicate a portion of her CD sales to this organization.
Queyonoh lives in Gardner, Kansas, near Kansas City.