Monica at The Mercury Ballroom
Monica will inarguably be remembered in music as one of the most iconic soul singers of a generation. But she isn’t through making R&B music yet. Monica returns with her seventh studio album titled Code Red and is set to perform on the Mercury stage Monday, November 23rd.
Monica’s musical journey began performing with a traveling gospel choir and progressed until she was discovered by hitmaker Dallas Austin, signed to Arista Records’ distributed label, Rowdy Records. By thirteen, Monica became the youngest artist ever to score two back-to-back Billboard #1 chart-topping hit records with “Don’t Take it Personal” (Just one of dem Days) and “Before you Walk Out of My Life.” By the end of 1995, she had taken the world by storm with her unstoppable debut album, “Miss Thang.”
Her next album, the 1998 record-breaker “The Boy Is Mine,” was a crossover pop juggernaut as the result of her duet with Brandy. The single spent thirteen weeks at #1 on the coveted Billboard chart, earning Monica her first Grammy Award to add to her already growing collection of Billboard, American Music and Soul Train awards. “The Boy Is Mine” album would feature two more Billboard #1 hits – “Angel of Mine” and “The First Night” – and would establish Monica as a bona-fide superstar and one of most successful artists of the entire decade.
Over the next ten years Monica released four more Billboard chart-topping albums “After the Storm,” “The Makings of Me,” “Still Standing,” and “New Life.” In all, she has sold more than 25 million albums worldwide and she holds the record as the first artist to top the U.S. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart with No.1 songs over the span of three consecutive decades (1990s, 2000s and 2010s), which puts her in the elite company of history-making superstars such as Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, James Brown and Marvin Gaye, all sharing similar accomplishments.
So what’s left to prove and why now? The answers are extraordinarily simple: Nothing and it was time. Due in-stores and online later this year, Code Red is indeed a jubilant return to form for the iconic star. Tracks that feature Missy Elliot, Lil’ Wayne and Akon on the album create a bridge between Monica’s love of classic soul music, 90’s R&B and the sound of today. Hear her live in person at the Mercury.
Tickets are $32.50 in advance. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. – Doors open at 7:00 p.m. All ages are welcome. Service charges not included on ticket prices. Tickets subject to price increases day of show. Tickets may be purchased at www.mercuryballroom.com or at The Louisville Palace Box Office, 625 South Fourth Street.
For more information call 800-745-3000 or visit mercuryballroom.com