“Music to me means more than just words it's about life. Where you’ve been, where you came from and where you are going. It’s therapy for the soul.”
Love hails from St. Paul, Minnesota. She started singing at age 8 and
writing at age 11. Her musical influences range from the expected -
Stevie Wonder, Jessie Johnson, The Time, Prince, Mazarati and Rachelle
Ferrell – to the unexpected – The Andrew Sisters who were also Minnesota
natives from the 1930s.
out of the gate at full speed at 8years old, Monaye sang the National
Anthem at Alan Page’s swearing in to the Minnesota Supreme Court in
1993. From that point on, Monaye made it a point to take advantage of
every opportunity afforded to her in school. In junior high, she
participated in singing contests, joined her school choir and band,
continuously learned to play new instruments and learned a valuable
lesson: instead of comparing herself to others, she focused on honing
her own skills, finding her uniqueness. As her band teacher told her
one day, “you were born for music.”
the time Monaye reached high school, she was on her path adding studio
recording to her list of musical experiences – music was her passion
and that was all she saw in her future. At age 16, Monaye was offered a
recording deal, but was wisely counseled by her mother to turn it down
and give herself more time to learn about life and establish her own
joined the Gospel group, James Grear Nu Friends, recording an album
with them that earned a Stella nomination in 2008. She left the group
soon after and began performing solo, opening up for major artists like
Montel Jordan, Talib Kweli, Young Dro, Sunny Valentine and Twista.
debut single, Finally Home, was borne from the experience of her
husband, Eric, returning home from Iraq where he served in the Air
National Guard. It’s often very difficult for war veterans to open up
about their experiences to family and friends when they return, but Eric
opened up to Monaye. She encouraged him to write it down for her.
What Eric handed her on that piece of paper was revealing in its
intensity and so inspirational to Monaye that she locked herself away
with his words and emerged with a song that truly captures what it feels
for these men and women when they come home after serving their
country. To be Finally Home is the greatest feeling in the world.
world is my canvas and I paint a picture through my voice."