“Monica is inspired by such legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday and Carmen MacRae but makes the music your are about to hear very much her own-her voice is distinct and unforgetteable.”
In the past year, she has been working with iconic music producer/pianist Bill King who helped her find her jazz voice and brought the very best out of her. She completed recording her debut jazz CD titled But Beautiful and he put together the finest,renowned jazz musicians in Canada on her album: Bill King (piano), Duncan Hopkins (bass), Mark Kelso (drums), Anne Lindsay (violin), William Sperandei (trumpet), Reg Schwager (guitar), and Luis Jorge Papiosco (percussion).
But Beautiful will be released this summer of 2013…
“I would like to congratulate Monica for taking the year to learn and find the best in herself. Monica has an overwhelming drive to sing and record but the deal was-be the best you can be.You don’t leave my house without a fight and change! But Beautiful something she’ll have her whole life to remind-when you invest the time you meet the prime.Thanks to my trio pals Mark Kelso and Duncan Hopkins for a killing track, “But Beautiful.” Enjoy!” Bill King
About Monica Chapman:
Monica Chapman 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 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. She also appeared in several musical variety productions in theatres in Toronto and beyond.
In 2001 she recorded her first CD with her musical theatre group called Monica & Friends sings show tunes comprised of Disney and movie music that she produced and they were very successful. They were heard on CBC Radio, performed across Canada in theatres, for charities and appeared on C.F.T.O. news. They also performed at Nathan Phillip Square and Chin Picnic.
In 2004 she recorded her first solo CD titled Sincerely featuring Broadway show tunes.
FROM CLASSICAL MUSIC TO MUSICAL THEATRE…
Monica has evolved into a jazz performer over the past six years and she appears at jazz venues throughout Canada and backed by talented renowned musicians.
In 2009 she recorded a 4-track CD titled Heart’s Desire that was heard on radio stations in the UK, Australia, Canada, New York and Italy and was number one on the Reverbnation Music Charts for two years. She was invited on the hit radio show Front Row Centre and interviewed by host Mark-Andrew Lawrence. She also appeared on Rogers Television morning show. She has been featured on Miami Talent Magazine, Global Entertainment Magazine, Talent Spotlight Magazine as well as the SOP Radio show – The American Perspective with award-winning journalist Judyth Piazza, The Kerri Edelman Show and also interviewed by Chase Von for the Student Operated Press on the SOP radio show.
Over the past year she has been working with iconic music producer/pianist Bill King on her debut jazz album, But Beautiful produced by Bill King,featuring Bill on piano, Duncan Hopkins(bass), Mark Kelso(drums), Anne Lindsay(violin), William Sperandei(trumpet), Reg Schwager(guitar) and Luis Jorge Papiosco(percussion), engineered by Michael Haas at Inception Sound Studios.
Monica is inspired by such legends as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan,Lena Horne,Billie Holiday and Carmen MacRae but makes the music she sings very much her own. Her voice is distinct and unforgettable.