Texas-born singer-songwriter, Louise Monroe, grew up an only child on a small farm in Smith County, Mississippi. Under the accidental tutelage of her musically inclined uncles, she learned how to sing “Honky Tonk Man” at an early age.
Surrounded by the sounds of country tunes as a young girl, she also trained her vocals watching the musicals of Judy Garland, Rosemary Clooney, and Julie Andrews. These influences lend her music a rich texture that can range anywhere from bluegrass to jazz.
In 2011, Peter Yarrow discovered Louise Monroe’s emotionally expressive voice at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. The experience, and Yarrow’s heartfelt encouragement, inspired her to return to Austin - her new home - and begin piecing together her first album, Borrow or Lie.
Lyrics come from a tender yet strong place inside her that has weathered a divorce with children and had her share of isolation and despair.
While Louise Monroe’s artistic temperament has put her through hard times, it has also fostered a longing to record sincere songs that speak to people when they’re hurting and sad, heartbroken and lonely, and are in need of little lift to see the sunlight peeking over the horizon.