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MONICA

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Monica Denise Arnold

Description: Vocalist, Actress, Songwriter, USA

Known For: Her debut album was released in 1995 called – Miss Thang

Instruments: Voice

Music Styles: Rock, R&B, hip hop soul, pop

Location: GA, United States of America

Date Born: 24th October 1980
Location Born: Oak Park, Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

CONTACT DETAILS
Web Site: Official website

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Monica

An American singer, songwriter, actress,

Monica Denise Brown, simply known as Monica (née Arnold; born October 24, 1980), is an American singer, producer, and actress. Born and raised in College Park, Georgia, she began performing as a child and became part of a traveling gospel choir at the age of ten. Guided and developed by record producers Dallas Austin and Tim & Bob, Monica signed with Arista at age thirteen and released her debut album Miss Thang in 1995. It sold 1.5 million in the US, while its first two singles “Don’t Take It Personal” and “Before You Walk out of My Life” made her the youngest recording act to ever have two consecutive chart-topping hits on the Billboard Top R&B Singles chart.

In 1998, Monica’s second album The Boy Is Mine earned her major international chart success. Pushed by its Grammy Award-winning number-one hit title track, a duet with singer Brandy, it spawned two further chart-toppers, “The First Night” and “Angel of Mine”, and established her position as one of the most successful of the urban R&B female vocalists to emerge in the mid to late-1990s. Monica also ventured into acting, with a supporting role in Boys and Girls (2000), and starring roles in television film Love Song (2000). During the production of her third album, All Eyez on Me (2002), Monica experienced personal struggles and her career went under hiatus. In 2003, her fourth album, After the Storm, was released, and after an unsuccessful period, she scored her fifth number one single, “So Gone”. Her sixth album, Still Standing, which recording was tracked by a reality series of the same name, was released in 2010 and produced the hit single “Everything to Me”, which became Monica’s sixth number one hit.

Monica has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide, including over 10 million units in the United States alone. With a career lasting over 15 years, she became the first artist to top the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. In 2010, Billboard listed Monica at number 24 on its list of the Top 50 R&B and Hip Hop Artists of the past 25 years.

Monica was born in Atlanta, Georgia on October 24, 1980. She is the only daughter of Marilyn Best, a former church singer and Delta Air Lines customer service representative, and M.C. “Billy” Arnold Jr., a mechanic working for an Atlanta freight company. She has a younger brother, Montez (born in 1983), half brother Jermond Grant on her father’s side, and two maternal half-brothers, Tron and Cypress. Monica also is a cousin of record producer Polow da Don, and relative-in-law to rapper Ludacris through her mother’s second marriage to Reverend Edward Best, a Methodist minister.

At the age of 2, Monica followed in her mother’s footsteps with regular performances at the Jones Hill Chapel United Methodist Church in Marilyn’s hometown Newnan, Georgia. While growing up in the modest circumstances of a single-parent home after her parents’ 1984 separation and 1987 divorce, Monica continued training herself in singing and became a frequent talent-show contestant, winning over 20 local singing competitions throughout her early teenage years. When she was 10-years old, she became the youngest member of “Charles Thompson and the Majestics”, which is a traveling 12-piece gospel choir. She also attended North Clayton High School along with rapper 2 Chainz.

In 1991, at the age of eleven, Monica was discovered by music producer Dallas Austin at the Center Stage auditorium in Atlanta performing Whitney Houston 1986’s “Greatest Love of All”. Amazed by her voice, Dallas offered her a record deal with his Arista Records-distributed label Rowdy Records and consulted rapper Queen Latifah to work as Monica’s first manager. Shortly afterwards Dallas and then staff producers Tim & Bob entered the studio with Monica to start writing and producing her debut Miss Thang which was eventually released in July 1995 and scored number thirty-six on the U.S. Billboard 200 and number seven on the Top R&B Albums chart. It was certified triple platinum by the RIAA for more than three million store-shipped copies and produced three top ten singles, including debut single “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)” and “Before You Walk out of My Life”, both of which made Monica the youngest artist ever to have two consecutive chart-topping hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart. Miss Thang subsequently won Monica a Billboard Music Award and garnered her an American Music Award nomination in the Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist category.

After a label change to Clive Davis’s Arista Records, Monica mainstream success was boosted, when Diane Warren-written “For You I Will”, from the Space Jam soundtrack, became her next top ten pop hit. The following year she was asked to team up with singer Brandy and producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins to record “The Boy Is Mine”, the first single from both of their second albums. Released in May 1998, surrounding highly publicized rumors about a real-life catfight between both singers,[18] the duet became both the biggest hit of the summer and the biggest hit of 1998 in general in America, spending record-breaking thirteen weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It earned the pair a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal” and garnered multi-platinum sales (to date, it remains as one of the top twenty most successful American singles in history based on Billboard chart success). Jermaine Dupri, David Foster and Austin consulted on the album The Boy Is Mine, which was released later that year and eventually became Monica’s biggest-selling album, becoming certified triple platinum by the RIAA for more than three million store-shipped copies. It yielded another two U.S. number-one hits with “The First Night” and “Angel of Mine”, a cover of Eternal’s 1997 single, as well as a remake of Richard Marx’ “Right Here Waiting”. Rolling Stone proclaimed it as “closer to soul’s source… harking back past hip-hop songbirds like Mary J. Blige and adult-contemporary sirens like Toni Braxton,” while AllMusic called the album an “irresistible sounding and immaculately crafted musical backdrop as good as mainstream urban R&B gets in 1998.” Monica has also made guest appearances on several television shows such as Living Single (1996), Beverly Hills, 90210 (1997, 1999).

In 2012, Monica began work on her eighth studio album. Yet untitled, Monica announced that she would be teaming with producers Missy Elliott, Rico Love, Jim Jonsin, Stargate, Mike WiLL Made It, Miguel, Polow Da Don, and Red Styles on the album.[52] On May 12, 2013, it was announced that she and husband NBA player Shannon Brown were expecting their first child together. She gave birth to their daughter, Laiyah Brown, on September 3, 2013. In October 2013, Monica appeared on the soundtrack of Malcolm D. Lee’s Christmas comedy-drama The Best Man Holiday with her rendition of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.” On July 29, 2014, Monica premiered a snippet of a Missy Elliott–produced song, nicknamed “I Love Him”, via her official Instagram account. Additionally, Monica revealed she would be working with Elliott’s childhood friend Timbaland and protégée Jazmine Sullivan. In April 2015, Monica announced that the title of the album will be Code Red.

Personal life

Monica’s career came to a slow down in 1999 due to relationship problems with her ex-boyfriend Jarvis Weems. On July 2000, the couple were together at the graveside of Weems’s brother, who had died in an automobile accident at age 25 in 1998, when Weems, without warning, put a gun to his head and committed suicide.[4] “Afterward, I felt, ‘What else could I have done?’ You replay that situation over and over and you switch it around: Maybe if I had said this, or if I would have done that,'” she said in an interview with the The Cincinnati Enquirer the following year. “It’s just something that it’s never possible for me to go back and change.”

Monica met rapper Rodney “Rocko” Hill, a former SWA officer and real estate manager, shortly after her ex-boyfriend Jarvis Weems’s suicide in 2000, a time which she described as her “weakest.”[58] While the couple soon began dating in fall of the same year, they ended their relationship in 2004. A few months later, Monica and Hill revived their relationship and she became pregnant with their first child. On May 21, 2005, she gave birth to their first son, Rodney Ramone Hill III. Monica and Hill became engaged once again on Christmas Eve 2007, just a few days prior to the birth of their second child on January 8, 2008. The son was named Romelo Montez Hill, named after Monica’s younger brother. The two later parted ways.

In June 2010, Monica met NBA player Shannon Brown when looking for someone to play the love interest in her video for “Love All Over Me”. Monica later announced her engagement to Brown via her Twitter account, posting a photo of a rose-cut diamond ring. On November 22, 2010, the couple married in a secret ceremony at their Los Angeles home. The marriage, however, did not become a matter of public record until January 21, 2011, when Brown told the Hip-Hop Non-Stop TV-Show. They had a second wedding ceremony for family and friends in July 2011. On September 3, 2013, Monica gave birth to her third child, Laiyah Shannon Brown.

Discography

Main articles: Monica discography, Monica videography and List of songs recorded by Monica

Albums include

1995: Miss Thang
1998: The Boy Is Mine
2002: All Eyez on Me
2003: After the Storm
2006: The Makings of Me
2009: Still Standing

Films include

LOVE SONG – 2000 – TV
BOYS & GIRLS – 2000
ATL – 2006

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