Monica goes to Broadway! It’s not easy getting a late start in life and living the dream. Well, Monica is doing it on her own terms. Monica arrived at my door four years ago with the dream of one day singing on Broadway and making a recording. Tall order. Many obstacles to overcome. None of this dissuaded her. Monica has been here nearly every week the past four years determined to sing and improve way beyond the day she set foot in our house. Few of the younger singers I’ve worked with and encouraged have this determination or tenacity. So Monica goes to Broadway with partner Larry. She sings at the Salon and Birdland. Courageous move. What she does is put her self out there and takes a chance and wins round one. Monica – we are all very proud of you and your new recording is lovely. You are such a good person with big heart and bigger ambition. You prove to everyone who said it isn’t possible that it’s always possible if you work hard, listen and follow through. So to you a toast to your evening. ~ Bill King
Monica is inspired by such legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Cleo Laine, Billie Holiday, Lena Horne and Carmen MacRae but makes the music she sings very much her own. Her voice is distinct and unforgettable.
Over the past year, she has been working with iconic music producer/pianist Bill King who produced her debut jazz album But Beautiful, released in summer 2013 on iTunes. Bill put the finest renowned musicians in Canada on this album with Bill himself on piano, Duncan Hopkins – bass, Mark Kelso – drums, William Sperandei – trumpet, Anne Lindsay – violin, Reg Schwager – guitar and Luis Jorge Papiosco – percussion and was recorded at Inception Sound Studios in Toronto, engineered by the amazing Michael Haas.
Her debut CD received great reviews in The Wholenote Magazine, Cashbox Canada and New Canadian Music. Also heard on CBC’s TONIC, Fresh-Air and Here and Now, Jazz.FM.91 Cafe Latino, the BBC Radio UK and worldwide. Monica also appeared on The Being Frank Show as his musical guest, had an interview with Frank on the show and sang a song from her newly-released CD. She also appeared on The Nikki Clarke Show on Rogers TV.
About Monica Chapman:
Monica was born in Romania and came to Canada with her family at the age of nine, at which time she began to study piano. She attained her degree in Piano Performance (A.R.C.T.) and voice at the Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from York University.
Her early interest in musical theatre led to a role with the Toronto Operetta Theatre Company in their production of The Widow in 2004, and performed at the St. Lawrence Centre in Toronto under the direction of Bill Silva. She also appeared in several musical variety productions in Toronto and across Canada.
….From Classical Music to Musical Theatre….
Monica has evolved into a jazz performer over the past eight years and she appears in venues throughout Canada.
Currently, she is working on her next album with Bill King.