CHARLOTTE — Gordon Roqué (Marcelo) left Charlotte as a well-known and committed community leader more than two years ago. Now he returns a rising Nashville star, just in time for the holidays.

Roqué, a former Q-Notes staff member, lived in Charlotte during his coming out process in the late 1990s, aided by the support offered by Time Out Youth. Later, he’d serve as a staff member of the group after he reached its age limit.

Roqué told Nashville’s Out and About Newspaper that it was Time Out Youth that helped him “blossom into his true self.” His inner soul and spirit certainly shines through the melodic music featured in his brand new, self-produced album, “Seahorses.”

A mix of pop, classical, experimental and contemporary, Roqué’s music is both calming and introspective. Each of his songs has meaning, he says.

As spring turned to summer in 2006, Roqué made his way back to Nashville, where his parents lived, and worked on cutting the album. He’s come back to Charlotte to share his emotions, joys and journeys with the local community that saw him through to queer adulthood.

On Dec. 16, Roqué will perform as the special musical guest at the Charlotte Business Guild’s annual holiday social at the VanLandingham Estate at 2010 The Plaza. Admission is $15 for Guild members and $25 for guests and non-members.

And if you miss that special performance, you’ll be able to catch him on Dec. 17 at Pura Vida’s Gypsy Lounge at 7 p.m. He’ll sell copies of his newly released album for only $5. Admission to the Gypsy Lounge is free.

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Matt Comer

Matt Comer previously served as editor from October 2007 through August 2015 and as a staff writer afterward in 2016.