Moniquea talks Pasadena Artists, Musical Influences, & Positive Words for Aspiring Singers

*Note: This is a throwback exclusive interview with singer Moniquea featured in ThaWilsonBlock Magazine Issue9

Mistah Wilson: Who are some of the artists both in the city and beyond that you've worked with?
Moniquea: From Dena, to name a few, I have worked with: Ted D. Bear, Broadway, Quaz, Ekim, Kloudnyne, Dulo, SD, Mike Towns, XL Middleton, Reality Jonez, Philthy Phactor, Priceless, Paco Swartz, Faith, Evri, Rebecca J, The Hundred, Noy, etc. Beyond Dena, to name a few: Ric hard, A.J. from tha K, Dis Most, Hunnid Roundz, Tax Free, Bogie Corleone, Ms. Shannon, HomieHomie, Burris Ave., Young Loon, Big Doty, etc. Not to leave any others out... These are just the names that I can come up with off top.

Mistah Wilson: When I see you perform I can tell that you're a seasoned singer. Who are some artists that inspired you?
Moniquea: There's a wide-range and there are many: Erykah Badu, Luther Vandross, Aretha Franklin, Anita Baker, Deniece Williams, Daryl Hall of Hall & Oates, Stevie Nicks (Fleetwood Mac), Robert Smith (The Cure), Mary J. Blige, Etta James, Billie Holiday, Bobby Womack, Bobby Blue Bland, Tyrone Davis, Johnny Taylor, (I grew up listening to a lot of Blues in my household - very much influenced by many male Blues artists), Sam Cooke and Otis Redding.

Mistah Wilson: On ThaWilsonBlock, we believe in ENCOURAGEMENT. It can be vital to our success. What would you say has encouraged and motivated to be the artist that you are?
Moniquea: Knowing that there are people out there who believe in me; and are interested in what I have to offer the world of music... That alone gives me the greatest encouragement and motivation. It's comforting, and it’s a blessing to know that I have genuine supporters out there.
Mistah Wilson: What kind words would you give to a young aspiring singer?
Moniquea: Pray and believe that you will make it to where you want to be, learn the business, stay who you are, don't give up, don't stop pursuing, always give it all you can, be appreciative of those who love, support and believe in you; and pray to stay humble no matter what happens.

Mistah Wilson: If you got any shout outs, lets hear em’. Thanx for taking the time out of your busy busy schedule for this exclusive interview with ThaWilsonBlock, Moniquea! It's been great!
Moniquea: Indeed... First off, shout out to ThaWilsonBlock! Thank you so much for interviewing me and allowing me to share a part of me with your readers. Shout out to my Crown City Entertainment family, Rehab Muzik family, all my family members, friends/fans, fellow artists; the cities of Pasadena, Altadena and the whole wide world!

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