In June 2010, Monique released her first single, Have I Told You
, which topped the charts on cdbaby™, making it to #1 in the Smooth Jazz category and #2 in the Adult Contemporary category. A few months later, she released, What Makes You Stay
. Her second single also topped the cdbaby charts as #1 in downloads in the Vocal Pop category.
In July 2011, Monique released her stunning version of You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me
, the famous classic written by Jim Weatherly (who also wrote Midnight Train to Georgia
, Neither One of Us
, and many others). Following the release of her single, Monique was contacted by Weatherly about recording his not yet released song, It Wasn't Me
. With his support, Monique and her Grammy-winning producer, Bill Hare, developed It Wasn't Me
with the spirit, sound and styling that is uniquely the "Monique spin."
In 2013, Monique's career stepped into high gear with the release of her sassy, female-empowering original song, Part-time Princess
. As a result of this song, she signed on as a recording artist with Larchfork Publishing and Rock Garden Conspiracy, LLC/Gold Pan Records for 2013. Part-time Princess
was then opted to be used in the short film, The Adventures of Shelby
Through 2013 and 2014, Monique focused on song writing and performing live much more, feeling motivated to share her story and support the dreams of others in music. One of her standout original singles, The Box
, is a particularly poignant and deeply personal song, marking a personal milestone for her.
Her passion for helping other independent artists live their dreams led her to becoming a very popular DJ ("Missy D") and station general manager for Jam City America
2015 showed Monique and her producer, Bill Hare, releasing their first EP titled, 9,000 Miles
, a compilation of tracks most intimate to Monique's life experiences.
2015 also speared a huge honor in Monique's musical career when she was accepted as a Recording Academy member, one of the highest honors an industry professional can receive. (Besides winning a GRAMMY, of course.) "It's an incredible honor to be apart of a community of experts that are charged with the nomination process for the GRAMMYs"
stated Monique in a recent interview. "There is so much talent out there. Most of which the public will never hear. I still pinch myself for being blessed with the honor."
2016 found Monique immersed and dedicated to a family member who was diagnosed with a terminal disease. Monique made the decision to dedicate her life to taking care of him until his death in Jan. 2017.
In April of 2017, Monique released her much anticipated track, "Ricochet
, with her co-writer and producer Bill Hare, all the while working with local teens who aspire to make a life in the industry. Monique is also a frequent judge on the very popular television show, "West Coast Songwriters," a show dedicated to showcasing local songwriters.
Monique currently resides in the San Francisco Bay area of California, where she is living her dream as an independent songwriter and recording artist, pursuing her passion to help other independent artists, and continues to share her life story with her fans, one song at a time.