Artist Interview With Monique Sherrell Brown

1. Where are we talking from today?

A. Queens, New York. Born & raised.

2. What would you like to accomplish in 2019?

A. I’d like to develop a few of my songs that have been sitting on the shelf. But I have to admit I’m very blessed with this year’s accomplishments. I won a 2019 LDM Award for “Wishing You The Best,” & the music video has been picked up by some channels and film festivals.

3. What is your take on politics?

A. I don’t speak politics 🙂

4. Where did you get your artist’s name from?

A. My mom. God bless her soul. I decided to keep in my middle name because it’s a little less common.

5. Growing up, how important has music been in your life? Can you recall the moment when you decided that you wanted to be a musician? Was it an easy or difficult choice to make?

A. I’ve always had a passion for music. Every time I went to a concert I always wanted to be on stage. So when I got my funding, I decided to invest in my passion. I love telling a story and connecting with the audience.

6. Was there ever a time when you thought about doing something else? If you weren’t a musician today, what could you see yourself doing?

A. A novelist. I love creating stories and letting the world know.

7. What has been the biggest surprise so far about making music your career? What has been an unexpected or welcome challenge to it all?

A. Working with creative folks is tough. It’s not like a normal 9-5 job. You have to get the best out of a person artistically and need to make sure they are in their comfort zone. You also have to love it. You may not make money off it or get notoriety right away or ever, so be sure you’re in it for the right reasons.

8. What was it like putting together your EP?

A. A lot of work, patience, and passion. It took several months to complete and I had my doubts, but fortunately, I had the right support system. The result was well worth it!

9. Who are some of your favorite artists or rather, what musicians have continued to inspire you and your music? Who would you still love to work with in the future?

A. I love Beth Hart, Prince, Stephanie Mills, Buddy Guy, Chaka Khan, Chris Cornell, Nirvana, Bonnie Raitt. My tastes vary & so do my genres. I would love the opportunity to work with Bonnie Raitt, Beth Hart & Buddy Guy.

10. What has it been like keeping up with your social media accounts and all of the different platforms? Is it hard to stay up to date on it all? What would you say is your favorite way to connect with your fans now?

A. It’s tough to keep up when you have a lot going on. I try to thank & promote everyone who supports my music. Sometimes it’ll take me a day or two to catch up, but I usually get there.

11. If you were going to be stranded on a deserted island, what musical item would you take with you and why?

A. Whiskey (for creative juices).

12. If your music was going to be featured on any TV show that is currently on right now, which would you love it to be on? Or if you prefer, what is a movie that you love that you wish your music was featured in?

A. I’d love for my song “Quarter Past” to be featured in the upcoming remake feature “Uptown Saturday Night.” The song has a smooth Harlem Nightclub vibe and I think would fit perfectly

13. At the end of the day, what do you hope people take away from your music?

A. I hope they will get the story and maybe dance a little.

14. When you are not making music what else do you enjoy to do?

A. Listening to music, watching movies or episodes of Family Guy or The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.

15. Where you @ online? Apple Music, Pandora, iTunes
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