Following on from the rave reviews and critical acclaim for her comeback single “The Gift”, which has so far been receiving strong support from the likes of Alt Sounds, Urban Development, ILUVLIVE, Guestlist Magazine and the MOBO Awards among others, soulful British singer, songwriter and producer Monique is proud to release her brand new debut EP of the same name The Gift, premiered via the MOBO Awards.
Inspired by her pregnancy and the joy of embracing motherhood, which birthed its title track “The Gift”, Monique’s new 5-track EP, in her own words, “explores the theme of time and moments in a world that moves so fast that we rarely stand in the present. There are moments that bring us face to face with ourselves and others that are willing us to take a look in the mirror. To stop and consider our course or just to simply enjoy, be thankful and content”.
From her beautiful ode to true love lasting the distance “Forever With You”, to the alternative leaning “Wanna Be Where You Are” with its ethereal and riveting backdrop, melodies, and drum patterns, to the dark themed “Doing Time” which tells the harrowing story of a woman doing time for fighting back against an abusive partner, Monique has encapsulated the true essence of good music and telling real stories all through this enthralling new EP.
Hoping to leave listeners with overriding questions, “what would happen if we chose to live in the present?”, “what if we dared to live without fear of tomorrow?”, “what would happen if we gave our all today?”, this record is more than a creative reflection of where Monique is as an artist in 2015, it is a statement of her personal journey to self acceptance, and a call for fans and critics to stand in the present with her, even if for the eighteen minutes, it takes to listen to The Gift EP.