Grammy award-winning singer Monica has been touching many souls with her hits “The Boy is mine,” “Angel of Mine,” and the recent love anthem “Just Right for Me” featuring Lil Wayne. So far, Monica has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide. Her newest opus Code Red is out now. The singer recently spoke with Examiner Leny Navarro at Macy’s Herald Square celebration of Black History Month.
Examiner Leny Navarro: Back in December, I had the chance to see you perform here in the Big Apple for your ‘Code Red Experience’ tour with Rico Love. I was simply amazed by your stage presence.
Monica: Thank you, I appreciate the love and support, being able to connect with the audience on so many levels is simply a bliss. I really enjoyed the adventure at the Gramercy Theatre, the experience was unreal, like a musical soul session filled with great people that love real music.
LN: Your new album Code Red is out now, what is the inspiration behind this new album?
M: This album speaks to my soul. I talked about everything from heartbreak and love, to being married and having children, to being a woman who owns her own company and how hard it is to make certain things happen because of it. I simply wanted to get back to the R&B music that touched our hearts as I think timeless music still has to be appreciated. This album is about my life and where it is now. I am still fighting for R&B because of its relevance. I am forever grateful for being able to touch people with my music and my message.
LN: Your fans are certainly loyal, how do you explain this timeless bond?
M: I stay true to my craft, it is important to be honest with myself and the fans. They know it comes from the heart. There’s a blessing in everything we do, times can get hard but we learn from our situations. It’s only when you think you know it all that you are certain to fall. I started in ’95 and it has been a challenging journey so I keep a positive mind.
LN: February being Valentine’s Day celebration, what advice do you have for the readers?
M: There’s nothing greater than love. Marriage is loving someone enough to fight for them. From supporting them to being there for them, it involves compromising as you learn and grow together. God always reminds us who and what’s truly important!
LN: What’s coming next for you?
M: “Alone in your Heart” is the second single taken from the album and I am currently taking part in Macy’s Black History Month Celebration.
Follow Monica on her official website here. Her latest album is available on iTunes. Find more information on Macy’s Black History Month Celebration here.