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Monique’s career began at an impromptu session at Francois Kevorkian’s infamous Axis Studios. Gordon Clay (a.k.a. Nappy G) of Groove Collective was working on a spoken word collaboration with Dana Vlcek, bandleader for Abstract Truth. They needed a vocalist to write and perform a record in less than a week. Gordon called Monique. The session lasted less than an hour. The tune was “Like Water.” Dana immediately asked her to join the band as lead vocalist and writer. The first single from their debut EP was “Get Another Plan” released on Francois K’s Wave music label. The record garnished immense critical acclaim and was licensed by Mr. Gilles Peterson for his UK imprint, “Talkin Loud” in 1996. In 1998 Abstract Truth released a follow up single “We Had a Thing”, penned and performed by Monique.

She went on to write and perform “Pure” with Naked Music’s Blue Six in 2000. This was the first of her solo recordings and was an international success in serious set rotation by the likes of Louie Vega. Her first UK release, “Don’t You Love Me” with Sir Piers’ on his Curious label in 2002 hit No. 2 on DJ Mag’s Hype Chart. “Go-Getter”, released by Papa Records in April 2004, hit No. 6 on DJ Mag’s Hype chart and is arguably one of Monique’s most eloquent tunes.

In early 2003 legendary Maestro Timmy Regisford’s Club Shelter contacted Monique for a live PA. Monique had performed primarily with Abstract Truth, a 7–10 piece live band. She also began working with Joe B of Hisa Ishioka’s Kingstreet label. Joe helped arrange for Monique to write for the Japanese production act Studio Apartment’s 2004 album, “World Line”. Hisa released a reconstructed remix of “Flight” by Mr. Frankie Feliciano in November 2004 on Kingstreet and it was instantly picked up for several compilations including Danny Krivit “In the House and “Soulheaven presents Blaze.” Also in 2004 Japanese nu-jazz wonder producer, Okada Taxi aka Kanoe, included Monique’s “Come and Live with Me” on his album “Wise Retrogression.” Regisford also introduced her to Quentin “Epod” Harris. Her collaborations with the 2004 House Music Award nominee include “Poor People” and “You Can't Have New York.” (the latter to be released by Freddy Sanon’s Shelter Records in 2005)

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