Singer/songwriter Monique Rhodes was born in New Zealand. She currently travels the world full time performing and composing.
Monique is classically trained and has gone from violinist to rocker. Her acoustic rock sound has been described as a cross between Grammy award winning artist Sheryl Crow and Canadian songstress Sarah McLachlan but in reality she has a sound of her own. Her intimate and positively charged performances often deeply move members of her audiences and her desire for complete connection with her audiences create a masterful and exhilarating experience.
During her time in Australia and more recently Europe Monique has collected an impressive list of accolades which pay tribute to her incredible talent.
Monique has supported rock and roll legend Chuck Berry on two European tours, has written and recorded with members of Peter Gabriel's band in London, has written music for the producers of the film The Secret, and has performed for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and has been one of only a handful of westerners ever invited to play in the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Amongst her other successes, Monique's song 'To the Moon and Back' about James Alridge, a prisoner on death row in Texas, impressed his supporter actress Susan Sarandon so much that she wrote a personal card to Monique thanking her for the song. 'To the Moon and Back' appears on Monique's album Awakening.
Monique is all about connection and creates a deep rapport with her audiences. She will personally answer every email she receives from fans and its this style and attitude that separates her from the rest.
In late 2008/2009 Monique toured NZ on a sold out tour with iconic NZ singer/songwriter Shona Laing. During that time she decided to start on her incredible charity album for the Royal Plunket Society of NZ, "Merry Christmas Baby". The album went on sale in October 2010 featuring some of the biggest names in New Zealand music. The album reached platinum sales in New Zealand and raised a huge amount of money and awareness around the issues of child abuse in New Zealand. The following year she released the platinum selling "So This is Christmas" with another stunning line up of top musicians and celebrities.
Monique was nominated for New Zealander of the Year 2010 for her charity work which was a huge recognition of her achievements.
Monique is currently traveling the world full time composing and performing. her release of Heartbeats last year, a collaborative music project with some of the most famous spiritual teachers in the world has now led to working with the teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for a worldwide project.
Monique takes all of her Facebook followers on her journeys around the world through her incredible photography. If you want to connect with Monique on Facebook you can find her at www.facebook.com/monique.rhodes