" The title track 'But Beautiful', has the breathy, sexy vocal reminiscent of smoke filled clubs in the South of France, with a devoted pianist similing at the torch singer. 'No Moon At All' once again makes you feel like you are in a dimly lit room with cocktails, while the classic song 'Tenderly' has romance in the air, 'C'est Si Bon' and 'L'amour Le Vrais' showcase the accent in Monica's vocals; 'Ten Cents A Dance' reminsisce the war song era, while the version of 'Sunny side of the Street' has Chapman turning it into her own 'Grab your coat and snatch your hat' making this classic a jazzy fun tune, especially with the trills of King's piano in the background and solos..'I Hadn't Anyhone Till You', shows off the beautiful arrangement and production that Bill King always brings to the forefront,with the piano and violin paying compliments to the songstress.... Buy this CD, put it on, pour a glass of very good French wine, and you will swear you are on the French Riviera..."
"But Beautiful is the first full-length jazz album from Monica Chapman, following on from her well-received 2009 EP 'Heart's Desire'. Prior to that, she released "Sincerely", an album featuring Broadway show tunes. Chapman has an impressive resume in musical theatre, and this shows her ability to sell a song. Here, on 'But Beautiful', she delves deep into the Songbook, paying tribute to such inspirtations as Ella, Billie, Cleo and Sarah. Her cause is boosted by such A-list accompanists as Reg Schwager, Anne Lindsay and William Sperandei. Local jazz legend Bill King produced and arranged with tipical clarity, and accompanies her on piano. A winning effort, and one already scoring international play. Available through iTunes, CD Baby and at better record stores everywhere."- Kerry Doole
“Hi Monica,First and foremost, 'But Beautiful' is one of my all time fave songs....I've heard the best singers in the world murder it....as I went to listen to your version, I was apprehensive, because I would have been brutally honest if I did not like....that said, from the first note out from you, I was hooked and blown away by your cover....and I intend to play it on my 'Love Song' show this Wednesday night. So may I also add my Congrats for getting featured on CBC Radio 1 and the BBC Radio mersyeside....you deserve it for the job you have done on this song! Regards,Bob x", Bob Jackson, presenter, LIver Radio,UK.”
" A LOVELY CD FILLED WITH GREAT TUNES BY A WONDERFUL SINGER"....SHEILA JORDAN
"Monica,"But Beautiful" is a lovely song,beautifully sung, and such a wonderful production! It was my pleasure to introduce you and present this song on my music program at BBC Radio."
"I would like to congratulate Monica for taking the year to learn and find the best in herself. Monica has an overwhelming drive to sing and record-but the deal was-be the best you can be! You don"t leave my house without a fight and change. "But Beautiful" is something she"ll have her whole life to remind-when you invest the time,you meet the prime.
" Monica wraps her vocals around a song and makes it her own..." Bob Jackson,presentrer,Liver Radio,UK