Special update: Monique's new release entitled "Smile" is here! Released August 17, 2008. You'll find it here. Don't miss this artful collection of jazz standards.
Universal appeal - that is the cornerstone of
Monique Danielle's wide ranging career. Through a
broad repertoire of musical styles, she has reached
both young and old of all races, with her impeccable
vocal skills. She captivates audiences with her dynamic
delivery of sultry R&B. Equally at ease with Italian opera,
Classical, African pop, American pop, or Jamaican reggae,
Monique truly defines and demonstrates diversity.
A native of Kansas City, Monique has a natural passion
for music. She began singing at the age of three, and
taught herself the words to "The Rainbow Connection". By the age of four, she had moved on to singing harmonies to all of her favorite songs. In 1987 she entered Kansas City Middle School of the Arts (KCMSA), where she began to study voice. By the seventh grade she was singing in four choirs. From eighth grade to senior year, she would take her talents to four All District and All State Music Competitions. She received the highest rating of #1 all four years. Monique became All State Soloist in 1992.
Monique got her first taste of show business when she sang the National Anthem before a crowd of 80,000 fans at the Kansas City Chiefs Stadium in 1990. She then moved on to performing in the K.C. Arrowhead Club for the Chiefs. While still attending school, she managed to sing and dance in fifteen different shows.
When Monique turned sixteen, she was featured nationally on the "Gary Collins Home Show" as an up-and-coming R&B vocalist. That same year she joined her first band outside of school, The Messengers. This reggae band showed Monique what being on stage was all about. They have been billed with such greats as Toots & the Maytals, Steel Pulse, The Wailers, The Bonedaddy's, Jimmy Riley, Loketo, The Itals, and Angelique Kidjo to name a few. In addition, Monique has performed with Vinx, The Meditations, Junior Reid and as a featured soloist with the Kansas City Symphony Orchestra. She would later sing with Afrique, performing Afro-pop dance music.
Recently, Monique has lent her voice to NBC, The Jones Store Co., and Energy One for national promotional television campaigns, as well as numerous local radio advertisements. In 2000, Monique was selected into the Lyric Opera of Kansas City.
Monique currently has three CD's to her name. Her debut, "Resolution", features an eclectic mix of musical styles ranging from rhythm and blues and hip-hop, to reggae dancehall and even contemporary jazz. "This music will take you from a pounding dance club scene to a smoky piano bar". With the recent release of "Closer to Me", which features Monique's three bands: The Messengers, BCR, and Afrique, Monique is poised to explode on to the R&B scene. And finally her new Christmas CD, "Christmas with Monique Danielle". When Monique Danielle pours her heart and soul out in song, people listen. " I was born to sing, and when I do it's always from my heart". Anyone who has heard her honest, pure, passionate delivery would agree. Remember her name- you won't ever forget her voice.
(These are not CR-ROMs. They are professionally manufactured discs)