Monica’s new CD, P.S. I Love You! has now been released and been received with great enthusiasm and reviews, as well as air play on BBC, CBC, Jazz.fm 91 and worldwide.
“Monica Chapman is in some stellar company on her new album P.S. I Love You! But the singer’s voice is the real attraction here…there’s a touch of the exotic in her tone, giving these standards and classics a life they’ve never had before. Listening is a big reward!” Mark Rheaume, CBC Radio, Canada.
Monica released her new album in January, 2015 titled P.S. I Love You! on itunes, CD Baby and Amazon, produced by the multi-talented, Juno award-winning producer/arranger/pianist Bill King, featuring world-renowned trumpeter William Sperandei. She is honoured to have Dave Young on side (Juno award-winning bassist and band leader who played in Oscar Petersons’ great trios).
Bill assembled an A-list of renowned players on this album including Bill himself on piano, Mark Kelso-drums and Nathan Hiltz-guitar. Bill made stunning arrangements for each song,recorded at Inception Sound Studios in Toronto and engineered by the brilliant Michael Haas.
This new album received rave reviews in New Canadian Music, Cashbox Canada, Wholenote Magazine, Earshot Magazine, Canadian Jewish News, Journale De Montreal and many more. It has also been featured on various programs on CBC such as: Ontario Morning, The Sunday Edition, Fresh-Air and Here and Now. Monica Chapman had a great CD Release at Lula Lounge, April 24th; is singing at Relish Bar and Grill as part of the T.D. International Jazz Festival, June 27th; appearing on CHCH T.V. Morning Show, July 24th; Manhattans Music Club, Sept. 19th and the famous Jazz Bistro, October 18th with her superb band. Her new album made it in the top 100 on the Itunes Jazz chart.
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.
Her debut CD, But Beautiful 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.
Top cover photo of Monica Chapman by Randall Cook – Photographer.