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Most albums from 14-year-olds are jam-packed with bubblegummy songs about trying to catch the attention of the opposite sex, a theme and style of little interest to those beyond the age of 18. But Monica Arnold's 1995 debut Miss Thang set a precedent for teen singers, showcasing her rich vocals and universal subject matter that easily found her airplay on both hip-hop and adult contemporary format radio stations.
Clearly, Monica's mature vocal stylings can be attributed to her church choir grooming. By the age of two, Monica was following in her mother's footsteps and singing in church. Monica, born Oct. 24, 1980, joined the Charles Thompson & the Majestics choir when she was 10, making her the youngest member in the traveling ensemble. After two years of weekly singing engagements at various churches, Monica responded to a mentor's urging to participate in local talent shows.
A talent show organized by a local DJ and West Coast female rapper Yo Yo offered her great exposure. Her performance of Whitney Houston's "The Greatest Love Of All" impressed an A&R person in the audience, who later introduced then-12-year-old singer to Dallas Austin, an Atlanta-based entrepreneur and producer whose credits include work with TLC, Boyz II Men and Madonna.
An equally excited Austin introduced Monica to Arista Records head Clive Davis and signed her to his Arista-distributed Rowdy Records. By the age of 14, the success of Miss Thang had deemed Monica the youngest female singer to have two consecutive No. 1 singles on the R&B charts. Her songs "Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)" and "Before You Walk Out Of My Life" clearly left cutesy, sappy records from teen girl singers in the dust.
While sharing the teen spotlight with Brandy and Aaliyah, Miss Thang still achieved platinum status and a slew of impressive award nominations. Included among the nominations were best new artist from the American Music Awards, artist of the year from the Billboard Awards, and best female R&B/ soul single from the Soul Train Music Awards. Monica did receive the best R&B female artist title from the Lady Of Soul awards. Her single "For You I Will," from the 1996's 5 million-selling Space Jam soundtrack, also earned Monica a ton of acclaim.
After a brief hiatus, Monica returned with her sophomore release The Boy Is Mine, titled after her No. 1 collaboration with Brandy. Tired of responding to constant rumors of a feuding with her fellow teen diva, Monica accepted Brandy's offer to record the song and film the video together. Unfortunately, rumors increased, alleging fights in the studio, during the video shoot and backstage at the 1998 Soul Train Music Awards. The rumors clearly did not hurt Monica's image, as The Boy Is Mine quickly achieved platinum status, just like its predecessor.
Monica's frequently delayed third release, retitled After The Storm, was set for a June 2003 release. The set is executive produced by Missy Elliott, who produced and wrote the lead single, "So Gone."
After The Storm features guest appearances by DMX and Tyrese, and the production of Jazzy Pha, Rodney Jerkins, Jermaine Dupri, Dallas Austin, Soulshock & Karlin, and Bam & Ryan.
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i lve yhu monica!!!!!!!!!!!!!! | Reviewer: kashondra hollis | 5/18/11
hi my name is kashondra but most people cal me monique i sing and dance i go to speak life church and im 15 years old i love all of your music and hope one day i could sing for you i live in highlandpine on 49th street see you soon!!:)
a fan | Reviewer: steph | 12/3/10
you are my favorite female artist ur songs say how i feel and i wish i can meet you. your a beautiful women in threw all the things youve been threw you came out with ur head still up ur a role model and my inspiration ily!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
a strong women | Reviewer: aeriana | 11/30/10
monica u r the stongest women that speaks word into any color women and teenage girls....and your records i really admire so much and just remeber you can make all dreams come true. and you just keep gettin out there and showing how u feel.and alwais remeber this you r beatiful.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OMG , you're my favorite sinqer : ) | Reviewer: tyeshaye clyburn | 9/1/10
HELLO , well first i want to start off by sayinq you're to qood of a sinqer and , iadmire you . your sonqs are very inspirational . well im 17 years of aqe and some day i wish to become somethinq quite like you lol : ) <3 and by the way StillStandinq is a wonderful sonq . it makes me feel when ever im down to always qet back up ans show everyone you're STILL STANDING : )
YOU ROCK | Reviewer: Jamiesha | 3/25/10
You are like a angel sent from heaven!!
My mom tells me if I put my mind to it I can do anything like you... you are STILL STANDING!!!!
I live in Eau Claire, WI. One day I hope you come do a live show here. MAYBE
The effect your music has on me! | Reviewer: NZinga | 3/12/10
Hope you understnd that through your music u have touched my life personally. I admire your courage to press onward. You are an uplifting, motivating. and encouraging singing.
God Bless you and yours
i wish i can sing like u | Reviewer: jacelynn cecily allen | 9/1/09
Hi Monica i wish i can sing like u on my mom side of the family everybody can sing but it seem like i make the dead line , i wish that u can give me season. but u are an amazing singer i'm 12 years old and my birthday just past August 3 i hope u have an great like i wish i can tell u more things about me
monica I love u | Reviewer: kamika | 1/28/08
Monica I love u so much u could sing so good u my favorite singer I love ur song before you walk out my life u could sing so good and ilove all ur song like angel of mine the best u should make a song with j hoilday or neyo it will be the best of all love ur biggest fan kamika
my favorite singer | Reviewer: dedra | 12/10/07
hey girl you are my favorite singer of all times and gurl you can saaaaang! my most all time favorite monica song is a dozen roses and I think maybe you should make a love song with my favorite rapper nelly and it would be perfect my fav. singer and fav. rapper on a song together how wonderful.......
Do what you do and do it well | Reviewer: Natalie Williams | 9/7/07
Monica, First thing I would like to say is: You do it and you do it well!!! I admire you and it would be Awesome if I could meet you in person someday! I am singing your song "That's my man" tomorrow in a fashion show! Im excited! I have been singing for a long time now and wish/hope/pray that one day my voice will be heard. Do what you do lady!!Be blessed
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