Monique Danielle | Closer to Me

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Closer to Me

by Monique Danielle

African, Reggae, Latin, Soul with a KC R&B touch. Monique is a very powerful unique voice. Her tone is clear and her range is crazy high. Often when you hear a singer on CD, you wonder whether they can actually sing like that. Monique CAN sing like that.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Astro Caravan
4:41 $0.99
2. Real Love
4:03 $0.99
3. Cuss Cuss
3:34 $0.99
4. Can't Hide the Feeling
5:16 $0.99
5. Tcheke Linha
4:05 $0.99
6. Closer to Me
3:35 $0.99
7. Gowa
7:49 $0.99
8. Open Your Eyes
4:39 $0.99
9. The Going Fee
4:57 $0.99
10. Come Back Home
6:13 $0.99
11. Chanting a Psalm
4:08 $0.99
12. Cruel Crazy Beautiful World
6:18 $0.99
13. Children of the Night
3:49 $0.99
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Album Notes
Special update: At the time of this writing, Monique's new release entitled "Smile" is on its way to the manufacturer. Release date of August 17, 2008. You'll find it here!

Monique has been performing her whole life and has enjoyed success at every turn.

She won several awards in the national high school vocal competitions she entered and has an impressive resume for any age.

She has been a chorus member of the Kansas City Lyric Opera for two years, as well as lead vocalist in 7 other KC performing bands.

She now has 3 CD's to her credit, and "Closer to Me" is her second release.

"Closer to Me" on Markosa Records is crammed with live studio recordings by three of her current and former bands.

Reggae, R&B, and Afro-pop frame the voice of this young singer.

Her first CD, "Resolution" has more of an R&B feel with heavy studio arrangements, but regardless of the backup, this girl can wail.

Copied from Pitch Weekly February 15 - 21, 2001 Monique Danielle

When Monique Danielle recorded her first CD, Resolution, she opted a focused R&B approach that set her soulful vocals to catchy radio-ready backdrops.

Though it was an impressive debut, Resolution didn't hint at Danielle's full range - she boasts a resume that includes everything from a stint in the chorus at the Lyric Opera to a part in a small jazz band.

On her aptly named follow-up, Closer To Me, Danielle belts out an impressive upper-register chorus on the percussive "Astro Caravan" and professes her "Real Love" in a growl that's dangerously seductive when paired with a perky reggae beat.

She also displays her world-music background (she's a member of globe-trotting groups such as BCR, The Messengers and Afrique) by singing in three African languages.

Musicians from each of the aforementioned bands will accompany Danielle onstage at the CD-release party for Closer at the Grand Emporium.

Andrew Miller Monique Danielle.

Wednesday, February 21, at the Grand Emporium
From the KC Star - By Tim Finn
Monique Danielle "Resolution"
Her name may not ring a bell, but her voice might: a Kansas City native, Danielle has performed with the KC Symphony, with local bands the Messengers and Afrique and on television and radio commercials.

On "Resolution", her first solo record, she sings nearly a dozen jazz-tinged R&B/Soul ballads in a crystalline voice that will remind you of megastar vocalists like Anita Baker and Tony Braxton.

Danielle and producer/songwriter Mark Thies change the pace smoothly every now and then, particularly on "Sexy Dub", a lush and funky reggae/soul number, and "When was the Last Time", the prettiest song on the record - it's the one time Thies pulls back his production and gives his starlett's voice room to roam and soar.



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Closer to Me

What creativity! What range! What fun! What next???

cece marie

Absolutely Fab
This cd is just fabulous, I love it, Her voice is truly amazing. I look forward to hearing many more of her cd's to come. God Bless


Monique is the best on this CD!!
Closer to Me is Monique's best work. The music allows her to fully use her tremendous talent. This CD is a must for any music collection.

The Diva Sisterhood

Monique Danielle is truly AMAZING!
Monique Danielle is truly AMAZING! Monique Danielle has one of the BEST voices in any genre, the girl can sing anything! Monique's singing has passion, beauty, and undeniable presence. The Diva Sisterhood votes for Monique Danielle Closer to Me!


Sweetie! Keep doing what you're doin GiRL! I love your voice and I'm in awe at how easy you make those high notes seem like such a breeze. Your a breath of fresh air. Much Love :)




her voice is like an oasis on hot desert- refreshing!!
The music is what you want to give you quick pick-up.


Go ahead - take a chance on this one...
Find this CD at the corner of artistry and soul...


Blessed Empress, I'm so impressed. Monique has the voice of an angel , love it.
From the time I heard her voice come in on the first track, Astro caravan I was hooked and when the song stoped I was like yeah yeah I said out loud more more . Give thanks for this piece of work such healing and soothing music.