Songbird Monique English opens up on music hiatus and her strong comeback!
Monique English will be blessing us with an album soon but here’s what you need to know about it!
The 2018 NAMAs Best Single award winner and 2017 Femle Artist of the Year Monique English is back in the music scene with her new upcoming album Red and the album is said to be released on 30 November 2019.
Monique has just released a single with the same name as her upcoming album Red, she explains that the reason for this is because her single reflects on the album theme.
“Everything on the album relates to love, you know love is red, the emotion or whether the heartbreak. Whether it’s going out at night to clubs, partying. As they say, ‘we are going to paint the town red tonight’. Every song relates to the kind of red which is why I named it Red,” The artist explains when interviewed by unwrap.online on why she named her album Red.
Nonetheless, in making the album Monique was faced with some pressure and obstacles where she says
“Now that I’m not under any record labels and on my own everything comes from my pockets,” said Monique.
She also adds that writing her songs for her album took a lot of afford and sacrifice, “I haven’t been with my friends in a while, I’ve just been at home focusing on my music.”
The album will have some exciting features like singer and songwriter, Alta Ouses, Jaleel, musician Space The Don and even Award Winning Rapper KP Illest. When asked what was her favourite song on her album Monique, after a brief pause, said a track entitled, think about it.
“I didn’t write it, Space The Don wrote it and I like the melody, beat and Rhythm of it.”
Monique sent out credit and gratitude to the producers that work with her on the album namely ESB music, Nautilus Studio, Ali Yonker and South African producer Luke Goliath who has worked with South African artists like Shekhinah.
Winning the NAMA award for best single in 2018 Monique admits, though was an honour, it took its toll on her.
“It helped boost my career and I got my name known out there even though it did have its backlash. The backlash took me into a mental corner which is where all the writer’s block also influenced it.”
The name-calling, she received after winning the award forced Monique to go into a hiatus period for some time. However, the vocalist is back and stronger.
“I just push it away now, it’s just part of being in the industry now, people always have something to say and you just need to take the criticism and either work on it or work against it, ” she concluded.
The new album Red will be available on iTunes, Deezer and Spotify and catch Monique at the Swakopmund Night Market on 4 October, “Swakopmund, your girl is coming HOME,” she recently posted on her Instagram account.