Artist, Cellist, Singer, Lyricist, Community Activist and Healer; these are a few titles which could be used to describe Monica McIntyre. As a musician Monica weaves a beautiful tapestry of colors and sounds so vivid and unique that one genre simply cannot cover it all. She seamlessly blends: Blues, Soul, Classical, Jazz, Reggae and Middle Eastern sounds with the unique cello techniques of: slapping, plucking and strumming, into an unforgettable musical landscape.
Seeing her perform onstage is an enthralling experience and before you know it you'll be swaying or stomping your feet alongside the mesmerizing sounds of her cello. The meticulous storytelling, metaphor and word play that dominate her lyrics cause her songs to be seen and heard as succinct novellas. Her voice, with it's smoky texture and emotional quality, has left audiences crying, dancing, laughing and testifying.
So who is Monica McIntyre? She is equal parts Jamaican metaphor-laden mother and read-the-dictionary-for-fun father; a perfect writers combination. Originally from Hyattsville, MD, she began her cello career in classical studies; honing her craft through private lessons and orchestral ensembles with the District of Columbia Youth Orchestra (DCYO). After graduating from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD, Monica migrated to Philadelphia, PA to study Fashion Design at Drexel University. In 1999 she earned a BA from the Nesbitt College of Design Arts.
Living in the city of Brotherly Love, where she was immersed in: Funk, Soul, R & B, Jazz, and World Music; brought her back to her first love, music. In October 2003 she released her debut album Blusolaz -- a collection of original songs which fused the genres of Blues, Soul and Jazz. Bars of Gold, her first single, was released in August 2005. Monica has been featured at numerous events throughout the world most notably: Soul Sista's Jukejoint (GA) 2005, The 215 Festival (PA) 2005, Sistahood Celebration (Vancouver) 2008, The Philadelphia Fringe Festival (PA) 2008 & 2009, The Black Women's Art Festival (PA) 2009, Sisterspace (MD) 2009, Ladyfest New Orleans (LA) 2010 & 2011, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (LA) 2013, and The French Quarter Fest (LA) 2013. Most recently Monica was a featured artist on the online International music show "Balcony TV".
In addition to being a powerful performer Monica is also a passionate activist and organizer. She played an integral role in the Philadelphia-based Black Women's Arts Festival from 2004-2009; volunteering, curating, and co-producing before ultimately becoming the creative director, 2007-2009.
In November 2010, Monica relocated to New Orleans, LA and became immediately involved in the thriving local music community. She joined forces with singer-songwriters Lynn Drury and Margie Perez forming The Honeypots, an acoustic women-led group which beautifully blends genres, original songs and harmonies. Their debut album Something Sweet was released in April 2011 on the ThreadHead Record label. The Honeypots have had immediate success being nominated for The Best of The Beat Awards 2013 and landing coveted spots on the Abita stage of the French Quarter Fest (LA) 2013 and the Lagniappe stage at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage (LA) 2013.
Monica's latest project "Monica McIntyre & Her SWAG" is a unique blend of her original compositions using: cello, oboe, violin, viola, percussion and 3 part vocal harmony. Monica looks forward to further developing her signature sound of healing lyrics, dynamic instrumentation, and passion through solo appearances as well as in group settings. Be sure to keep her name on your radar.
"Oh that I could be drawn to the right things, at the right time, and the right place" -- 'Drawn', Monica McIntyre