The mother of three to Rodney (10), Romelo (8) and Laiyah’s (2) has never looked better!
Monica Brown is no rookie to the game—whether its R&B tales of heartache or real-life woes, she’s been up and down and everything in between. She’s now a mother of three and a basketball wife, but don’t let the stability fool you. Even with the current success of her eighth studio album, Code Red, she’s hungry for more and has never felt quite as resilient. It’s time to get reacquainted with everybody’s favorite homegirl.
She recalls some advice from her dear friend, Whitney Houston, which she’s taken with her throughout her entire career. “When I met Whitney, she told me I reminded her of herself.” I agree with Monica, having also spent time with Houston before her untimely death in 2012. During Houston’s performance at the historic DAR Constitution Hall in 1997, she beckoned Monica to the stage as only Whitney could, singing “Monica, you’ve gotta shoop for me. Please, baby.” Brown’s youthful smile, accessorized with braces, prefaces a soulful call-and-response exchange with Houston, ending in praise from the legendary diva. “That girl can sing. I had the pleasure of working with her in the studio and she scared me. She can go,” Whitney reported. Along with her beauty and jaw-dropping vocal ability, like Whitney, Monica’s life is deeply-rooted in family and the church, paralleled by not-so-holy surroundings at times. “Whitney said, ‘Don’t let them make you what they want you to be,’” Monica remembers. “‘You know who you are.’ I did, and still do, and that’s just what it is.”
Never one to get caught in cyber fights or social breakdowns, many who can’t say the same hold Monica in the same esteem as they do their mother. “It’s funny,” she begins. “People call me mama, even when some of them are older than me. I know it’s because I show and give love and I never speak with malice towards anyone. I’ve learned the power of the tongue and I know how impactful words can be.”
Nicki Minaj recently spent her birthday at Monica’s concert and chronicled the show with admiration, tweeting “Love you Monica. Your concert made my bday Everything Toooo Meeeeeee (your voice).” R&B rebel K. Michelle surprised fans in Atlanta with a several song set from Brown and could barely introduce her without coming to tears, crediting her with giving her hope and admiration. However, never forget Miss Thang is still on deck. “Please don’t get me wrong, I will get someone together, quickly,” she interjects. “You will not come at me wrong without repercussions.”
“People wouldn’t really be able to imagine the things I’ve seen and been through,” says Monica Brown, in response to the suggestion that she’s guarded. Never one to shy away from a challenge or discomfort, the singer jumps right in. “My talent has always been there, along with the spiritual foundation my mother laid, but there was always another side, a side that belonged to the streets. When my parents divorced, I became two different people.”
Monica’s husband, NBA’s Shannon Brown also visited the set.