INTERVIEW: Sharlene Monique

Hi Sharlene, welcome to VENTS! How have you been?

Thanks for the welcome, I’ve been great thanks!

Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Diamond Woman”?

Diamond Woman is my summer anthem! It’s a song to encourage woman to be bold in their beauty no matter how they look. Beauty does not come in one particular package, shape or size, and I wanted to express that especially in my music video.

Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?

No not really, I just get lots of inspiration to write songs that empower women.

Any plans to release a video for the single?

Absolutely! I worked with a company called We Working and the creative director Cordell Johnson completely got my vision for the video. I’m really excited to share it on August 1st.

How was the recording and writing process?

All my music is produced by my husband ChrisMorrisMusic. It was great being in the studio, working on BV’s and the vocal arrangement of the song.

How have Whitney Houston and Aretha Franklin influenced your writing?

Aretha Franklin is the queen of soul and when she sung, it was from a place of truth. Both her and Whitney are big inspirations for me vocally. I like to share stories within my music and they both done the same although I know they didn’t write all their music, it was conveyed with such conviction and honesty.

With the great reception from your previous musical work – did you feel any pressure as you were putting this new song together or rather the opposite?

I wouldn’t say I feel pressure, I just want people to connect with it like they did my first project. As long as my music continues to have an impact I’ll be happy. I’m passionate about sharing a positive message.

Does the new single mean we can expect a new material – how’s that coming along?

Yes I have another EP on the way for sure!

Any tentative release date or title in mind?

My next single will be out in September & the EP around October.

Any plans to hit the road?

I just finished a European tour in April so I won’t be touring for myself this year however I will be touring with the Kingdom Choir in America later this year for 6 weeks so that should be fun.

What else is happening next in Sharlene-Monique’s world?
Lots more music is on the way and live shows. I’m looking forward to performing my single all summer.

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Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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