Monique DeBose has never been one to shy away from life’s challenges. The Sovereign One, which drops on September 27, encapsulates a wealth of experience into seven songs in which the LA-based songwriter and vocalist offers up messages that are both personal and universal, messages of acceptance, of empowerment and of pride. The journey to this time and place – emotionally and stylistically – has been a rather circuitous one. The daughter of a mixed-race couple, Monique realized at a very early age that she was destined to be a performer. Music was her constant companion throughout her early years in LA. At home, she was exposed to artists such as Marvin Gaye and Elvis. “My uncle Chuck would be Elvis at family get-togethers, and my younger sister and I would be his background singers – The DeBose- ettes,” she remembers. Unfortunately, that attraction to performing was dampened by an incredible shyness. While attending Hamilton High School’s Music Academy, Monique took up the violin. A far cry from her desire to be part of the school’s performing crew, playing the violin allowed Monique to remain in the background even as her soul strove to stride to the front of the stage.
It was during her high school years that Monique heard a record that would ultimately change the course of her life. “I sat and listened to Ella Fitzgerald’s Nice Work if You Can Get It for hours, she remembers. “At some point my brain and heart synched up and it made sense.” The teen-aged Monique was fascinated by Natalie Cole’s Unforgettable, intrigued by the orchestration and singing every note.
Monique blurs the borders between soul and jazz, delivering instantly classic sounds that we're digging.” - Soul Tracks chose
“Damaged Goods” as a Choice Cut
A track to focus on the interplay of gracious smokey vocals and melodic tapestries. Simply effecting music. - DJ Rich
Chocolate, Soul Salvation Radio Show
Definitely playing on my show. Great tune - Hugh Williams, Music with Soul
Beautiful vocals and nice for a lazy Sunday afternoon. - Hardy Tej of The Music Galaxy Show
We love the new song by Monique DeBosse - such a great track