|“To “stand out” in the music business these days, an artist has to have a ton of talent, great music & songs, uniqueness, and also have a story that sets them apart… Emerging singer-songwriter Monica Munro has all of these things, and her story just keeps getting better…”
A magical blend of jazz, folk and pop, Monica Munro’s sultry voice is both refreshingly different and at the same time, hauntingly familiar, displaying hints of Karen Carpenter, Diana Krall & Peggy Lee.
The story begins…
Born in Goderich, Ontario, Monica Munro grew up in a musical family and as a young girl would eagerly hang around the rehearsals of her mother’s band, “The Harbourlites.” When the microphone eventually found its way into her hand, Monica’s ultimate dream of becoming a singer was born.
After moving out west to Spruce Grove Alberta at age 10, Monica began to develop her “roots” singing gospel and other music in church, where for the next many years she would continue to hone her warm vocal style. As a young woman Monica traveled and sang in other countries, such as Mexico, Guatemala and Thailand as part of a ‘mission’s project’. Since then, many interesting twists and turns along the way have shaped her into the unique artist she is today.
And so the story goes…
Monica moved south with her family in 1999 and began the new millennium in Cochrane, Alberta. In 2009 she attended songwriter’s circles in Calgary and was inspired by the stories and emotion that she heard from other songwriters. Monica met songwriter Ron McNeill and the two collaborated on the song ‘Down To The River’. From there, she collected more songs that had inspired her through her life and her travels, and decided to record her first album. Munro chose veteran producer Rick Mizzoni to produce the project and in mid 2009, they began work on the arrangements and recording.
Released in 2010, ‘Down To The River’ is the fulfillment of one of Monica’s lifelong music dreams and has been enthusiastically received by music fans and critics alike. The 12 track CD is a blend of musical styles, all of which are laced together by the thread of her soothing vocal delivery.
The disc was recorded by Johnny Gasparic in Calgary, and features the talents of Dave Hamilton & Russell Broom (guitar), Andrzej Ryszka (drums), Phil Hall (bass), John Hyde (acoustic bass), Keith Floen (piano), Mike Little (B3 Hammond) as well as many more of Alberta’s top session musicians. Several songs in this collection were by written by a variety of Canadian songwriters such as Gordie Sampson, Larry Wayne Clark, and Joni Delaurier, with contributions also coming from Graham Ross, David Graff, Bob Jahrig and Debra Power.
Now for the twist…
Through her love and passion for music, painting, motivational speaking, and volunteering,
Monica Munro has most certainly learned to connect with people. Already boasting thousands of true fans and sales nearing 5000 CD’s within a year of release, her unique ways of “personally” promoting and marketing her music are the very reasons why she is quietly becoming an “indie music” success story.
Monica Munro is definitely someone to look and listen for in the blossoming Canadian music scene, and don’t be surprised if one day you meet her face to face, and get the story straight from source…!
To be continued…