As Monica~Nicole embarks upon her musical journey she has one goal in mind…. Connect. A singer~songer writer from Washington, DC, Monica, was born into an eclectic artistic environment. With a mother who sang in many gospel ensembles, an avid poetry writing grandmother and a father who appreciated and avidly listened to Popular Rhythm and Blues Monica was destined for music. Monica grew up singing and performing in local churches from as early as 5. It was clear from a very early age that Monica had a developed ear often imitating and signing along in harmonies learned at her Mother’s rehearsals. For Monica music has always been feeling not just sound.
As an early teen Monica performed with her older sister in a gospel duet and opened for several local music artists. This garnered the attention of an up and coming writer who solicited the two to audition for a BET producer. Monica eventually followed her musical destiny and began recording in local studios. Never considering cover performances, Monica begun writing her own lyrics to instrumentals. Advised early about the benefits of not only singing but seriously writing Monica developed an unexpected passion. The ability to express herself and creative process attracted Monica to not only performing bur writing music. Through introduction to a local producer Monica began writing original pieces. Monica begun successfully competing in talent showcases in DC and Atlanta.
As Monica worked diligently to navigate the music business on her own she caught the attention of a popular 80’s billboard winning producer. Through this connection Monica traveled to New York where she wrote and recorded “Over” a stirring ballad about love and loss. Monica began appearing regularly with local R&B Jazz band Y2K and as a featured artist at several events in the mid Atlantic region. Noting her ability Monica garnered the attention of Grammy Award Winning producer Teddy Riley and solicitation from a major record label A&R. She has continued to collaborate with writers and actively participates in her church’s music ministry. As a member of the music ministry she has had the honor of singing background for several musical artist— most notably Lady Tramaine Hawkins. Monica is currently working towards completing her solo project.