Monica Denise Brown began her career performing with a traveling gospel choir, following her mother’s footsteps. She won over 20 talent competitions and at the age of 12, Monica began singing professionally with a major label deal. She was discovered by producer Dallas Austin and signed to Arista Records.
At 13, Monica became the youngest artist to have two back-to-back Billboard #1 hits with “Don’t Take It Personal” and “Before You Walk Out of My Life”. She co-wrote her songs with Austin over a two-year period. The grown-up songs reflected her own experiences and were based on incidents in her own life. She managed all this and graduated from a private school with a 4.0 grade point average.
Over the next 10 years, she would release four more Billboard chart-topping albums. Monica has also acted and contributed to the TV show, “The Voice”. She also documented her life in the BET reality show, “Monica: Still Standing”.
Monica has sold more than 25 Million albums worldwide. In 2000, she participated in the successful MTV movie “Love Song”.
Monica’s latest album, Code Red, is an outstanding return for the songstress. It’s all about her journey as a woman, mother, wife, and artist. The tempo is high-energy and reminiscent of her earlier work.
She is also reunited with artist Missy Elliott on the title track. Because she is more seasoned artist at this point in her career, she says that she is more comfortable in her skin.