Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Label: Purpose Records
Sounds Like: Goapele, Hubert Laws, Brenda Russell Music, Patrice Louise Rushen, Robert Glasper
LIFESIZE MIRROR, the title of Monet's latest project was
released by the Purpose Music Group through Nia Distribution in Oct 2012.
LifeSize Mirror makes a bold revealing statement about how profoundly life's journey has touched her. The thick, golden brown locs that once graced
her crown , very much the signature image of her debut release ESSENCE are gone. You almost don't recognize her. But that
unmistakable voice buried deep in her chest, almost as if coming
directly from her heart is ever present. Her flute that teases and soars, bouncing in the air like a wondrously, hypnotic tribal spell , is pronounced, only finer, richer and more knowing. This couldn't be more evident than in "VAIN," which uniquely combines jazz,classical and
instrumental soul " VAIN" is an account of a reflective journey -
Monet's flute like a snake charmer, beautifully intricate which starts out with moments of calm, coaxing gently until it deepens to a throaty rasp, becoming more complex and intriguing.
Monet's musical repertoire is diverse with influences drawn from jazz, soul, latin, classical, folk, house and funk. Fundamentally, however, her
sound is purely rooted in organic soul. The influences are a glorious amalgamation of Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley, Sade and Hubert Laws.
Surrounded by multiple genres of music by both parents - her mother a doo-wop singer and her father a manager of jazz and Latin artists. Monet's - musical roots run deep. A little known fact is that she was accepted to the prestigious Cornell University at the tender age of 14 on
scholarship due to her advanced musical proficiency in classical flute
Monet also plays guitar, oboe , piccolo and piano. One would be remiss not to mention Monet"s various film credits including acting and directing. This is a resume full of aesthetic discovery.
While in between projects, leading up to the actual production of LIFESIZE MIRROR, Monet was quite busy at work fine tuning her craft,
contributing her signature flute work, songwriting and vocals to recent projects by Angela Johnson -That's Just The Way"( which is also on Lifesize Mirror),
Nigerian world soul artist Siji "Fantasy" and "Ekundayo, and
singer/songwriters Kendra Ross "Has to Be, and La Sonya Gunther, " How we Livin." Revelations featuring Tre Williams " Don't Wait ",Abby Dobson "Fly," Tarrah Reynolds "Sun Song"
and Collette. Monet also contributed to club hits by Melena Perez, "Confession,and Tortured Soul, "Don't Hold me Down, flute and vocals respectively. Most recently Monet contributed her signature flute sound to critically acclaimed projects by rising keyboard player/producer Daniel Crawford which also featured Amp Fiddler and two songs on the latest by singer/songwriter/producer Angela Johnson including one song featuring Raul Midon
LIFESIZE MIRROR is rich with what we expect from Monet.
However some surprising alternative twists to her sound abound. There is more orchestration in the arrangements, and the addition of violin,cello, trumpet and soprano sax on various cuts are welcome. Her reggae dub
influence is present on, Ever Want. Then there's the Monet that many are definitely familiar with in ,Hold me Sweetly, a quivering ode to desire that Monet admittedly calls baby making music. Other cuts
from this effort seem to convey odes of promise, hope, inspiration and
transformation like Walk with Me, and It's Your Life, which
is an anthem to one being a master of oneâs own destiny. Jeff Smith(Family Stand), violinist Tarrah Reynolds, keyboardist Nick Rolfe, vocalists Tricia Angus, Saundra Williams, Martha Redbone, and Abby Dobson,
are all contributors to LIFESIZE MIRROR. The producers of the project include
Steve Wallace, Angela Johnson, Sijii, Prez, Jesse Fischer (Soul
Cycle),Ticklah and Ethan White (Tortured Soul).
Monet is an explorer. Through her musical expression we witness her seeking the highest level of self awareness and realization which is
often referred to as LIFESIZE MIRROR. IN this project she freely moves through her existence fearlessly, balancing both the pain and the
pleasure, the heartache and the rapture making sure we feel it too,spiritually, intellectually and physically. Conveying this is no easy feet and as we bear witness to Monets creativity as she continues to document her journey through her music. We know that we are all the
better to be an audience to such a gift
Lifesize Mirror charted for six weeks on the Billboard Jazz Chart through early
,reaching a high of #26 in January 2013, a rarity for an artist who is also
part of the independent honest soul movement.
Monet's songs "Hold Me Sweetly" co-wriiten with Jesse Fisher and "I Wanna Kiss You" co-written with Angela Johnson have been placed in the television shows "Criminal Minds " and the Mindy Project respectively are a testament to her visual writing.
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