With two EP's and two full length disks each garnering critical acclaim, and two SAMMY awards under her belt Kim Monroe has consistently impressed audiences with her unique songwriting and powerful vocals. With another record in the works, Monroe attributes the leap she has made as a vocalist and songwriter to greater confidence in herself and a clearer vision of her musical direction. Helping to define and craft this new direction is guitarist Chris Eves who will be joining Monroe in the studio and on the road. "Chris has helped me believe in myself as a musician and the new tunes we are working on have really lit a fire in me to perform live," says Monroe when asked about the budding collaboration, "I'm really excited by the new sounds we are coming up with and cannot wait to finish our new record."
Monroe has enjoyed collaborating with artists in the past, such as Goo Goo Dolls bassist Robby Takac and Blues Traveler's harmonica virtuoso John Popper and is equally excited about her current collaboration with Eves. "I've been lucky to get the opportunity to work with some really wonderful, creative people in the industry and have truly enjoyed writing and performing our new songs, I feel that where I am musically now is home."
Chris Eves is no slouch either, since graduating from Berklee College of Music Eves has released his first solo album of original music, done session work for numerous national acts and has toured with national acts including Justincase, and American Idol. When asked about his past achievements Eves said, "I've had the opportunity to have shared the stage with some incredible artists, but the thing I am most passionate and excited about is this new collaboration with Kim. I'm really excited for people to hear all the hard work we've put into this new record."
Although their material typically starts out in a folk vein, it usually progresses into the soul/ blues territory that best showcases Monroes stirring vocals and Eves's masterful guitar playing. When asked about the record Monroe says, "The record has been a fun way to experiment with new sounds and really pin down where we fit musically. Live too we experiment all the time on stage, each show is its own unique experience."
With a tour calendar steadily filling and a new record in the works Monroe is excited for the future. "This next year will be a lot of work but I feel like there will be a lot of growth and opportunities that come with the new album. I am really looking forward to taking this next step musically and enjoying all that comes with it."