The Source | Monica is Reportedly Working On a Country Album Slated To Release At The End Of This Year . Monica paid her dues in R&B for the past two decades and now she's gearing up to dabble in another genre.
Visit streaming.thesource.com for more information The Grammy-award winning singer told Billboard that shes working on a country album. She cited Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers as artists that made her fall in love with the genre, and shes been in the studio with Brandi Carlile recently. Advertisement Monica already made her entry in the country space with her feature on Jimmie Allens Pray with Little Big Town. She spoke about how that collaboration came into fruition. Jimmie Allen is an incredible guy who loves his family and knows theyve brought him through a tremendous amount of things. Thats what we related most about. Jimmie didnt call me for Pray because he heard I was doing a country album, no one knew. He called because he wanted me on it, that means it was meant . Monica continued giving a tentative time frame for the release of her country album. I met Little Big Town when Brandi Carlile and I were in the studio working on my country album it may be out before the end of the year and I heard harmonies up the hallway. That turned into them participating on Pray, so it was one of those real organic situations after Jimmie called me about doing the record. The Georgia natives love for country music isnt new. I grew up loving country music and my stepfather, who raised me, is a Methodist minister, but he also drove buses and he would take us to Nashville, Gatlinburg and Dollywood in Tennessee. I became a really big fan of Dolly Parton, at about 8 or 9 years old. That was my real introduction to country music. Shortly after, it was Kenny Rogers. I started listening to the depth of the songs and the fact that they were unafraid to say whatever it was they felt. I felt like this was a great time for me to really step into an area that Ive always admired and loved.?Were just getting started, but I have so enjoyed it and been welcomed with open arms. Read more