" Monica is inspired by such legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan,Cleo Laine, Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, Lena Horne and Carmen McRae but makes the music she sings very much her own. Her voice is distinct and unforgetteable."
Over the past year, she has been working with iconic music producer/pianist Bill King, who produced her debut jazz album "But Beautiful", soon to be released in June of 2013 on iTunes. Bill put the finest renowned musicians in Canada on this album: Bill King-piano, Duncan Hopkins-bass, Mark Kelso-drums, William Sparendei-trumpet, Anne Lindsay-violin,Reg Schwager-guitar and Luis Jorge Papiosco-percussion and was recorded at Inception Sound Studios in Toronto, engineered by the amazing Michael Haas.Monica was recently featured on CBC Radio 1, Canada, BBC Radio Merseyside Liver Radio and Venture Radio.
About Monica Chapman:
Monica was born in Romania and came to Canada with her family at the age of nine, at which time she began to study piano. She attained her degree in Piano Performance and Voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from York University.
Her early interest in musical theatre led to a role wth the "Toronto Operetta Theatre Company" in their production of "The Widow" in 2004,performed at the St. Lawrence Centre in Toronto, under the direction of Bill Silva. She also appeared in several musical variety productions at the "Grand Theatre" in Fergus,where she was cast in the lead role portraying Judy Garland in the musical "Tribute", produced and directed by Alan Argue. As well, she appeared in vaiety shows at "Victoria Hall" in Cobourg and "Capitol Theatre" in Port Hope.
In 2004 she recorded her debut solo CD titled " Sincerely", featuring Broadway show tunes.
....From Classical Music to Musical Theatre....
Monica has evolved into a jazz performer over the past six years and she appears in venues throughout Canada.
In 2009, she recorded a 4-track EP titled "Heats Desire", inspired by one of the songs recorded on this CD written by Alan Broadbent who heard her interpretation of this song personally and was impressed by it.
Monica was featured such magazines as "Miami Talent Magazine", "International Talent Magazine", "Talent Spotlight Magazine"and was interviewed on "The Kerry Edleman Show", " SOP Radio Network,The American Perspective" with award-winning journalist Judyth Piazza, "The Student Press" with Chase Von, the hit radio how "Front Row Centre" with Mark-Andrew Lawrence, "Bondi Tune",Australia with Henry O"Donnoan, Venture radio wth Bob Birch and many more...
Her debut Jazz CD "But Beautiful" as featured on BBC Radio, CBC Radio1, Venture Radio and Liver Radio.
"But Beautiful" is due to be released on iTunes June 30th,2013.