THE LADY AND HER MUSIC
Every now and then in our lifetime a star is born, this happens to be the case of Mondy Alexandre, who came into this world with a purpose. Mondy was raised by her Father and grew up in a small village called Gressier, in the Caribbean island known as Haiti.
Mondy, like other young girls growing up in the school system and had the chance to attend a good school in Port-Au-Prince where she was able to participate in extra curricular activities including theatre and voice training. She was noticed by her teachers who knew then that there was something truly special about her. She had many opportunities to play important roles in various school activities relating to theatre and to win numerous singing talent shows.
Though the experiences were fun back then, Mondy had not thought about a career in the music business as it was not something a young Haitian woman would dare think about in an industry dominated by Haitian men. This would have meant family chaos. But deep down inside resided the desire of a young, talented Haitian woman yearning to release her God-given talents; to sing, act, entertain and to relate, through her music, the social, cultural and at times political struggles of her people, whom she loves so dearly.
It was not until Mondy left Haiti to pursue her education in France, which truly set singing to be her primary focus. As she was there like most foreign students, she became involved in extra curricular activities relating to the promotion of the Haitian culture. Many of her peers shined the spot light on her and encourage her to consider pursuing a singing career.
Still not taking it on seriously, she went along to accept invitations from several cultural organizations while living in France, performing to help them raise cultural awareness and funds to keep these organizations in operation.
Her major exposure came when she was officially invited by the Ambassador to Haiti in Paris to perform at a major celebration. After that particular performance, Mondy was approached by many of the official attendees who wanted to know when they would again have the opportunity to see her perform on stage and where they could purchase her album. To their shock and surprise, she had not yet released any material.
Encouraged by so many, Mondy began to realize that what so many people have been saying about her is true and she should consider a career in the music industry. After several attempts in France with several producers, she began to realize this was not an easy process. Unfortunately, there were a few producers whose proposals came with undesirables requests that she could not fulfill.
Mondy then felt that she should try her shots by coming to America, which has a reputation for launching some of the best Haitian-American acts. It did not take long for Mondy to realize that some of the producers were no different to those in France.
Having to travel back and forth in search of the right producer and not being successful, she began to feel that maybe the dream that she had about becoming a professional singer would not come to pass.
Inspired by family and close friends, she accepted the challenge of producing her first album on her own. She obtained a loan from her bank, not knowing that the amount borrowed would exceed the cost of production of this first CD. After several long hours in the studio and traveling back and forth from Boston to New York she was able to make this life long dream possible. Finally, an accomplishment that will remain memorable, the CD titled “Caresse moi”, produced by Mondy Alexandre, brought Mondy into our lives.
Why then adopt the name “Mondy Blue” and not use her last name Alexandre? She attributed the dedication of this album, first and foremost to her Father, who has been a lifelong inspiration in her life. Being that her Father’s favorite color is blue, she wanted to hear a word that would always trigger his memory from now until the end of her musical career.
This is why from now on she wants to be called “Mondy Blue”. Mondy offers her deepest thanks to all her friends and associates who believe she can do it.