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.
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.