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Ms. Monique 'Soul Session - Chapter I' [Soul Entertainment Inc]

Ms. Monique brings you an old school R&B flavour with soulful vocals. ‘Soul Sessions Chapter 1’, offers professional blends of Soul, Funk, and Blues, showing the listener what mainstream R&B should be. She was born and raised in Florida, recently moving to Atlanta. Her southern roots reflect in the lyrical content of her songs. Songs such as ‘Do You Wanna Step With Me’ are strong with the southern fried touch Ms Monique gives. Her talents lie mostly in song writing, as she writes every track with Frank McKinney. Ms Monique’s debut albums’ first single was ‘Love Therapy’ and this is where she showed her talent at her best, it is catchy with an overall mid-tempo, slow jam vibe to it. Her arrangements are less Hip-Hop orientated and follow the traditional production styles of Blues (“Ooh Baby”) and 60’s Dance (“Get Up”) arrangements. The best tracks from “Soul Sessions Chapter 1” are ‘Lollipop’ and ‘you did it to you’ are nice but if you listen to ‘Slow & Easy’ you can understand why Ms Monique is often compared to Gladys Knight. She isn’t lacking in anything, both artistically and vocally. She only must improve on her gift by doing what she is doing and spreading her message to the world: “Keep the lovin’ alive!”

Claudio Balestrino [Just Soul]

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