Victoria Monét

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Victoria Monét
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Victoria Monét performing during a Dangerous Woman Tour concert
Background information
Birth nameVictoria Monét McCants
Born (1993-05-01) May 1, 1993 (age 25)
Georgia, U.S.
OriginSacramento, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2008–present
LabelsEmpire
Associated acts

Victoria Monét McCants (born May 1, 1983) is an American singer and songwriter. She became involved in performing arts at a young age, singing in the youth choir at her church and performing in a city dance team. She soon took to writing and began working with producer Rodney Jerkins (aka Darkchild). Previously signed to Atlantic Records, In 2014 Monét released her debut EP Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1 and the following year released her follow-up EP Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 2. She has also written songs for artists such as Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Nas, T.I., GOOD Music, Lupe Fiasco, Chrisette Michele, Coco Jones, Chris Brown, Diddy Dirty Money, Janelle Monáe, and Jasmine V. In 2019 she won a Grammy for her song credits to Ariana Grande's 2018 album, 'Sweetener'

Early life[edit]

Monét was born in Georgia to an American mother and a French father, and moved to Sacramento, California as a child.[1] She was fascinated with performing arts, taking an interest in singing and dancing. Her first onstage experience came when she sang in her Catholic school holiday plays. She also sang in the youth choir at her local church but it was dance that initially gave her a sense of herself as a performer. By the time she became a student at the local performing arts high school, Monét had developed a grueling rehearsal schedule. She taught at two different dance studios and rehearsed with a local dance group, Boogie Monstarz, at Step One Dance Studios in Sacramento, while working at a local bank.

Career[edit]

2014–2015: Early songwriting success[edit]

Outside of dance rehearsals, Monét began exchanging poetry with an older cousin and found a new passion. This soon translated into her writing her own music. Meanwhile, she had been educating herself on the production world, learning about producers and making music at local recording studio. She learned about Rodney Jerkins (aka Darkchild) and decided to add him on Myspace.[2] Shortly after that, he invited her to come to Los Angeles and audition for a new girl group he was forming, Purple Reign.[3] The group landed a record deal with Motown a year later. The group was eventually dropped from the label.

Soon her hooks and songs were sold to Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Nas, T.I., B.o.B, Chrisette Michele, Mario and Diddy Dirty Money, and others.[citation needed] Atlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman then offered her a record deal.[1] On October 30, 2014, Monet released her debut EP Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1 and on June 17, 2015, she released her follow-up EP Nightmares & Lullabies – Act 2 under Atlantic Records.[4][5]

2016–present: 7/27 Tour, Dangerous Woman Tour, and Life After Love[edit]

Monét joined girl group Fifth Harmony on the North American leg of The 7/27 Tour, which began on July 25, 2016, as an opening act along with pop singer JoJo. Monét released her single "Do You Like It" on July 26, 2016.

Following the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, the death of Christina Grimmie, the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and the Dallas Police shooting, Monét released "Better Days" with Ariana Grande. On September 22, 2016, Grande announced on Twitter that Monét will serve as an opening act along with British girl group Little Mix on the North American leg of the Dangerous Woman Tour. Monét also supported Grande on the European leg of the tour alongside rapper Bia.

Monét released "Ready" while on tour with Ariana Grande in April 2017. February 23, 2018, Monét is releasing her third EP "Life After Love, Pt. 1" featuring her single "Freak", which was released on February 9 along with the pre-order of her album.

Songwriting[edit]

Monét has a long history of writing songs for other artists. In 2010, she helped pen "I Hate That You Love Me" by Diddy Dirty Money and went on to co-write songs such as "Be Alright", "Let Me Love You" and "Thank U, Next" by Ariana Grande; "Memories Back Then" by T.I., B.o.B and Kendrick Lamar; "Drunk Texting" by Chris Brown; "Everlasting Love", "Them Girls Be Like", "Reflection", "We Know", and "No Way" by Fifth Harmony; "You Wouldn't Understand" by Nas; "Sin City" by GOOD Music; "Visual Love" by Chrisette Michele; and "Live on Tonight" by T.I.

Discography[edit]

EPs[edit]

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Album details
Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1
  • Released: October 30, 2014[6]
  • Label: Victoria Monét Music
  • Formats: Digital download
Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 2
  • Released: June 17, 2015[7]
  • Label: Victoria Monét Music
  • Formats: Digital download
Life After Love, Pt. 1
  • Release: February 23, 2018
  • Label: Victoria Monét Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Life After Love, Pt. 2
  • Release: September 28, 2018[8]
  • Label: Victoria Monét Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles[edit]

List of singles, with selected chart positions and certifications, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album
"Made in China"[9]
(featuring Ty Dolla Sign)
2014 Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1
"90's Babies"[10] 2015 Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 2
"High Luv"[11]
"See the Light"[12]
"Do You Like It"[13] 2016 Life After Love, Pt. 2
"Ready"[14] 2017 Life After Love, Pt. 2
"Freak"[15] 2018 Life After Love, Pt. 1

Featured singles[edit]

Guest appearances[edit]

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Album Artist(s)
"Live on Tonight" 2012 Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head T.I.
"You Wouldn't Understand" Life Is Good Nas
"Somewhere"[16] 2013 Born II Sing Vol. III Eric Bellinger
"Stay" 2014 Paperwork T.I.
"About My Issue" T.I., Nipsey Hussle
"Fear Warning"[17] 2015 Trapnati Hardo, Stevie B
"Losing"[18] 2016 Summer on Sunset Wale
"Kill" 2017 Drogas Light Lupe Fiasco, Ty Dolla $ign
"The Amazing Mr. Fuck Up" 2018 Dime Trap T.I.

Production and songwriting[edit]

Year Song Artist Album
2012 "You Wouldn't Understand"
(featuring Victoria Monét)
Nas Life Is Good
"Sin City" GOOD Music Cruel Summer
"Introduction" T.I. Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head
"Live On Tonight"
(featuring Victoria Monét)
2013
"Malice In Wonderland" Victoria Monét
"Déjà Vu" Coco Jones Made Of
"Visual Love" Chrisette Michele Better
"Honeymoon Avenue" Ariana Grande Yours Truly
"Daydreamin'"
2014 "Would You Wait" Victoria Monét
"Intro" Ariana Grande My Everything
"My Everything"
"Only 1"
"Cadillac Song"
2015 "Everlasting Love" Fifth Harmony Reflection
"Them Girls Be Like"
"Reflection"
"We Know"
"Double Tap"
(featuring 2 Chainz)
Jordin Sparks Right Here, Right Now
"A Little More"
(featuring Victoria Monét)
Machine Gun Kelly General Admission
"Intro" Ariana Grande Christmas & Chill
"Wit It This Christmas"
"December"
"Not Just on Christmas"
"True Love"
"Winter Things"
2016 "Moonlight" Dangerous Woman
"Be Alright"
"Let Me Love You (ft. Lil Wayne)"
"Leave Me Lonely (ft. Macy Gray)"
"I Don't Care"
"Knew Better / Forever Boy"
"Step On Up"
"No Way" Fifth Harmony 7/27
2017 "I Want You" Sara Evans Words
2018 "Goodnight n Go" Ariana Grande Sweetener
"Pete Davidson"
"Thank U, Next" Thank U, Next
2019 "7 Rings"
"Needy"
"NASA"
"Make Up"
"Ghostin"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Victoria Monet". ASCAP EXPO. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  2. ^ YKIGS. "Interview: Victoria Monét Talks Nightmares & Lullabies Project, Working With Ariana Grande, & Signing With Atlantic Records". YouKnowIGotSoul.com. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Profile: Victoria Monet". Soul Train. December 12, 2014.
  4. ^ ThisIsRnB. "New Music: Victoria Monet - Nightmares & Lullabies (Act 1) EP". THISISRnB. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  5. ^ JUSMUSIC, DJ. "Atlantic Recording Artist Victoria Monet Drops 'Nightmares & Lullabies' ACT 1". Singers Room. Retrieved 13 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1 – EP". Apple. Retrieved 2015-06-15.
  7. ^ "Life After Love, Pt. 1 by Victoria Monet on Apple Music". iTunes.
  8. ^ "Life After Love, Pt. 2 by Victoria Monet on Google Play Music". Google Play Music.
  9. ^ "Made In China (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) - Single by Victoria Monet on Apple Music". iTunes.
  10. ^ "90's Babies - Single by Victoria Monet on Apple Music". iTunes.
  11. ^ "High Luv - Single by Victoria Monet on Apple Music". iTunes.
  12. ^ "See the Light - Single by Victoria Monet on Apple Music". iTunes.
  13. ^ "Do You Like It - Single by Victoria Monet on Apple Music". iTunes.
  14. ^ "Ready - Single by Victoria Monet on Apple Music". iTunes.
  15. ^ "Life After Love, Pt. 1 by Victoria Monet on Apple Music". iTunes.
  16. ^ "Eric Bellinger - Born II Sing Vol. 3". iTunes. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  17. ^ "Hardo - Trapnati - Download & Listen [New Mixtape]". hotnewhiphop.com. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  18. ^ https://www.hotnewhiphop.com/wale-summer-on-sunset-new-mixtape.116443.html

External links[edit]

Media related to Victoria Monét at Wikimedia Commons