Monica has not one but two new albums on the way.
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Over the years, the GRAMMY-winner has kept fans informed about the progress of her long-awaited LP ‘Trenches.’
Serving as her first independent release, fans gave waited with bated breath for the project – her first since 2015’s ‘Code Red.’
Now, she’s confirmed that the set is ready and went a step further to confirm that she has a Country project on the way too.
Taking to Twitter,
“My R & B album is finally finished ❤️”
In an interview with Billboard, she opened up about the project, her Country set, and much more.
Check out excerpts…
On Being Independent:
“This happened on its own. My deal [with RCA] came to an end, but throughout the process of being on a label, you learn a lot about them, and it becomes a lot easier for you to step into that type of arena and feel comfortable. It’s a very expensive thing to do but it’s extremely rewarding, because I know what’s happening in every area.”
On Her New R&B Album, ‘Trenches’:
“[The name] Trenches came about when Pharrell [Williams] and I were talking. “Trenches” the single didn’t have a name at the time. I was explaining to him that my ultimate goal is to remain authentic and connected to my people. I said, “One of the key elements is that a lot of the people I love are in the trenches.” I’ve had so much happen over the last couple of years that I am continuously dealing with. My uncle was killed [as I was finishing] the album [at the top of the year], and that brought things to a complete hold. It’s really difficult, but that’s a part of life and that’s what I want to continue to share.”
On Her First Foray Into Country On The Song ‘Pray’:
“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.”
On Her Country Album:
“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 I’ve always admired and loved. We’re just getting started, but I have so enjoyed it and been welcomed with open arms.”