1995. A big chunk of us were still trying to figure out exactly what type of freak Adina Howard was and trying to get high off of the love from the “Brown Sugar” D’Angelo was bringing to the party. While the remainder of us were busy hitting the nearest pool party, chasing “Waterfalls” and getting our up-do’s ready for one of the biggest years in Freaknik history. 1995 took us on a “Fantasy” with Mariah, reminded us to party on Friday with Montell Jordan, and let us know just exactly what we reminded R. Kelly of. In that same year though, a young, beautiful, and no mess implementer by the single name of Monica stepped on the scene and caught the attention of everyone in sight.
Equipped with a fierce pixie cut, huge voice, and even bigger attitude, the then 14-year-old songstress made her impact and let everyone know that she was – without a doubt – here to stay. Releasing her aptly titled debut album Miss Thang, Mo’s vocals, demeanor, and bright smile proved that producer Dallas Austin had found yet another diamond vocalist in the streets of Atlanta, GA.
Fast-forward 20 years, eight albums-with more than 25 million sold, and numerous acting roles later, here we have the 35-year-old Monica – who now places Brown at the end of her name. Overcoming adversity, building a family, standing firm, and remaining relevant in her lengthy and successful career, the mother of three has had more success than you can imagine – and not just in the form of singing. Perhaps one of the most humble artists walking this earth, Monica has amassed an incredible following and reputation for being a lover and genuine talent who has no fear of transparency.
Taking a short hiatus from the music, Mo’ is back and ready to bring the heat. Her eighth studio album, Code Red, is out in stores today and according to her, fans will get what they’ve been waiting for. Prior to its release though, we got the opportunity to catch up with the vocalist – who we can almost confidently say has never missed a note in her life – to discuss the new album, her musical evolution, being a believer, working with some of the greats, and so much more.
Take a look at our exclusive interview below!