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Ms. Monique

Ms. Monique, hailing from Boynton Beach, Florida, knew from an early age that music was her passion. The R&B/Soul songstress has been entertaining audiences since she was a teen, where she participated in competitions like the Black Awareness Day Parade, The City of Boynton Beach’s Annual Talent Competition and the Wilson Center Youth Day Program.

At the age of 15, she was already singing in nightspots, and performing with live bands like Strictly Business and J.A.M. Monique passionately desired to be a great singer-songwriter, and attended Shaw University in Raleigh, NC. Gospel legend Shirley Caesar, a longtime friend and mentor to Monique, was there to give her advice on approaching the industry. All of these milestones were necessary for Monique to become the rising star she is today.

In 2005, she debuted with her first independent album, "Soul Sessions, Chapter I". She wrote all of the songs on the album, and won several awards, including 2005 Blues Critic’s "Best New Artist" In the 2005 Blues Critic Awards, 2005 #1 Indie Album (Blues & Soul Magazine – UK), 2006 Jus Blues Awards "Best New Artist", and the 2006 Audition Radio Winner for the single “Mr. Do Right.”

In 2012, Ms. Monique released her sophomore album titled, "She Motions". The album contains “Becoming The Man I Want,” and her signature ballad, “She Ain’t.”


READ OUR MS. MONIQUE INTERVIEW HERE

Album Discography

"Soul Sessions, Chapter 1" (Soul Ent. 2005)

1. Intro
2. Mr. Do Right
3. Get Up
4. Lollipop
5. Interlude (wsol)
6. Love Therapy
7. Slow & Easy
8. I'm Looking For a Good Man
9. Interlude (radio Spot)
10. Do You Wanna Step Wit Me
11. Ooh Baby
12. You Did It to You
13. Love Therapy (continuation)
14. Single Mama
15. Prayer

**** I try not to let a performer's looks influence my judgment when I review a CD by a female...but Ms. Monique is fine. So, okay, she's got the look but has she the voice? Cuz it don't mean a thang if she can't sang. Survey says: Oh yeah! Potent, elastic, sexy and full of flavor. In fact you'd be surprised to know she's not a seasoned veteran the way she confidently weaves in and around the silky, flowing rhythms. "Soul Sessions" offers a healthy mix of bedroom slowies and midtempo headbobbers. Monique was born in West Palm Beach, Florida and now resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Ears perked up when she recently sang background for Sir Charles Jones, who she name checks on the midtempo creeper "Mr. Do Right" which opens this consistent contemporary soul platter. I promise you'll really be moved by the satiny "Lollipop" when Monique offers to be "your lollipop/You can lick me everywhere you want to"! Be still my beating heart. The first single is "Love Therapy", a slow rolling jam with Monique giving a Millie Jackson-inspired lesson on how to love your man. It's a hit. There's also a part 2. Though she's already mastering the slow tip (check the tender "Single Mama" & "Slow & Easy") she can also handle dancers. "Do You Wanna Step With Me" is a terrific stepper with an infectious circular refrain and both "Get Up" & "Ooh Baby" are tense jeep jams. Monique gets an A + in vocal gymnastics on this disc but she deftly holds the reigns so as not to impede the melody. She also wrote all the tracks here and even co-produced with Frank McKinney. Pristine and clean sound. This is one talented woman! Mckinney is also responsible for most of the instrumentation with additional keyboards by Al Harris. But Ms. Monique's voice seals the deal. You're going to want to get to know Ms. Monique. Don't worry, she''ll be a part of your life soon

"Ms. Monique's Southern Soul Favorites" (Q Doll Music Group 2010)

1. Tonite
2. You Did It to You (Live)
3. Lollipop
4. Slow & Easy
5. I'm Looking For a Good Man
6. Mr. Do Right
7. Love Therapy, Pt. 1
8. Love Therapy, Pt. 2

"She Motions" (Q Doll Music Group 2012)

1. Becoming the Man I Want
2. Finally Free
3. She Aint
4. Perfect Opportunity
5. Complex Situation
6. Luvz On Lock
7. One Magic Moment
8. Tonite
9. You Did It to You

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