Today we’d like to introduce you to Monique Wilson.
Hi Monique, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I started singing when I was 6 years old. I found out I had a voice due to me having a speech impediment which caused me to stutter really bad. It has also led to me being teased in grade school by fellow peers. I had two speech therapists and they both recommended to my mother that I should start singing repetitive words so that I could slow down my tongue. I would sing everywhere. I would sing in school, when I was doing my homework, while I was getting ready for bed, singing have become a part of me from that point forward. When I found out that I had a voice, I told my mother that I wanted to be a singer, and ever since then, she has encouraged me to follow my dreams as a singer. In school, I was in different chorus classes, I was in different music clubs but I was always the shy person in school. I never wanted to show my talent because I was afraid of what people may have thought about me and my singing. It caused me to hide away my God-given talent for years. When I was a senior in high school, I have decided to come to the conclusion that I would take my singing more seriously and that I would go to school for it. I went around to different studios over the summer I graduated and I made my first video on YouTube singing “Bad Boy” by Queen Najia. I ended up being declined by Morgan state university and Towson university but I ended up going to the community college of Baltimore County for my degree in vocal performance and to transfer over to a 4-year college for a bachelor’s degree in vocal performance minoring in music business. I was still in my shy phase of my talent but I broke out of my shell a bit more in 2018 when I performed for the first time at Capital Lounge in Baltimore. I started attracting a crowd and began to perform covers and acoustics there too. I started to become more confident in myself. As time went on, I came to the realization that I was time for me to put out my first song. I just didn’t know when or what to write about. The summer of 2019, I fell into a deep depression in my life. I wasn’t happy with my life and I just didn’t know what I wanted to do with my future again. I sometimes felt like I was never going to get anywhere with my life and in my career. I was also dealing with personal issues. Fall of 2019, I went back to school and everything started to look a little more positive for me. I met new friends, I started dealing with someone on a serious level, and I felt even happier. I started performing again at the capital lounge and a few friends came out to support me and my career which caused me to take the next couple steps of me recording my first song. March of 2020, Covid came and everything took a bigger turn. With being stuck in my home for so long, I had a writer’s block for some time which started to affect my music and my songwriting. With many months of writing, and rewriting, and finally getting into a studio I love, I put out my first single June 20th, 2021, named “Too’. It is a song based off of heartbreak and the opposite partner being fed up with their partner’s actions. It was my first song that I have ever put out that has gained a lot of good traffic in my area. From interviews to later on performing at live 3 times, a lot of people started to like my song and have supported me. When the song started to die down, I have been accepted into being in an organization called “GrammyU” which is an organization that college students who are interested in the music industry has a chance to connect with one another and has a chance to meet with professionals in the music industry and with the recording academy. I have spoken to Ledisi, Jaqcuess, I have been invited to see Patti Labelle, Smokey Robinson and so much more. During that time frame, I have also been offered to do a podcast named “Rhythm & Muse” that shines light on unknown artists in the Baltimore area. The show lasted for a total of 14 episodes with people still wanting a chance to be on the show. Hopefully, I can start it back up again. Adding on, I have been offered to be a music reviewer for a site named “Geneus” which gave me the ability to talk about unknown and well-known artists from all over. I have went through a lot in my life. With the friends I’ve lost, my mental health, love, and so much more. All of my experiences have encouraged me to start working on my very own E.P titled “Understand Me”. It focuses around all of the areas of my life that I have struggled in. The good, the bad, and even the downright ugly. My E.P comes out September 24th, 2021
Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not, what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It was NOT a smooth road at all haha! Some struggles I have faced (and even still facing to this day) is the fact that I let my anxiety and depression and sometimes my overthinking gets in the way of me following my dreams. I sometimes think that even if I do have this great gift, I am still not as good enough as other artists and that I am just mediocre. I have to keep telling myself day in and day out that God gave me this talent here for a reason and it should be used to the best of my ability. I also have to keep telling myself that if I don’t even believe in myself. No one else will. If I don’t have faith in my talent, in my works, and in my future, no one else will have faith in me either. It was a very hard thing to come to terms with especially knowing that I can procrastinate a lot sometimes. But in order for me to live the life I’ve always dreamed; I have to put in the work to do it.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I am a singer and a songwriter. I am mostly known for my voice and my music. I may be small but I am also known by different people big and small. I am most proud of my creativity, my music, and I am proud of the steps I have taken and the road I am on because this is one of the blessings I have prayed for. What sets me apart from others is that I can work with anybody and I am very versatile and so is my voice. In school, I am known for how my voice can change from one genre to the next. I can sing a classical song then switch and sing a musical then switch again and sing a song in a different language. Another thing that sets me apart from others is that I am very optimistic in life. Because life is short and even though I am only 21 I want to live it to the fullest. I can work with any artist of any genre because I like all styles of music. I have a very very big imagination. Some people think it’s a little TOO big haha! But is any dream too big? It’s all in how you think about it.
What would you say have been one of the most important lessons you’ve learned?
I have learned that staying in your comfort zone, is not something you should always do. In life, you must take risks. You cannot be scared because your victory is hidden behind your fears. I say this because I had a fear of taking risks and keeping up the faith. But the longer I sat and pondered on it, the longer I realized that I cannot be scared or afraid anymore of anything. Especially in regards to my talent because everything I have wanted to live out is on the other side of my fears that’s holding me back. Because who knows? Maybe my leap of faith and my risks can take me somewhere beautiful
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