Main events at
Historic Ashland Armory
208 Oak St., Ashland
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Doors open 6PM for dinner
Music begins 6:30PM
Monica Parker – singer/songwriter, record producer and
dynamic performer is one of the most sought after and admired
women Blues, Soul and Gospel singers on the international music
scene today. On December 16th, 2005 she was nominated for a W.C.
Handy Blues Award in the category of "BEST SOUL BLUES FEMALE
ARTIST OF THE YEAR" by The Blues Foundation in Memphis,
Sista Monica has received rave 5 star reviews from Blue Revue
Magazine, Downbeat, All Music and dozens of blues societies nationwide
for her latest Mo Muscle Records CD release "Can't
Keep A Good Woman Down". It is professed to be a radio
programmer's favorite. Sista Monica wrote 11 of the songs
with her co-producer and piano/organ player Danny "B".
The disc has 13 tracks. The two additional tracks are "Funny
How Time Slips Away" by Willie Nelson and "Change
Gonna Come" by Same Cooke.
Born and raised in Gary, Ind., Sista Monica began putting down
her gospel roots singing and touring with her church's
gospel choir. She was heavily influenced by The Rev. Al Green,
Aretha Franklin, Mavis Staples and the Staples Singers, Jackie
Wilson and Sam Cooke. After some college, Monica enlisted in
the U.S. Marine Corps. Returning to civilian life, Monica worked
in the corporate world. In 1992, this all changed when she left
the corporate world to begin performing full-time. Almost immediately
she was sharing local stages with Mavis Staples, Gladys Knight,
Taj Mahal, Luther Allison, Little Milton, Koko Taylor, Etta James,
Bobby "Blue" Bland, and other blues and R&B greats.
In 1995, Monica released her debut CD, "Get
Out Of My Way!". Her
second CD "SISTA MONICA" was released in 1997. Comparisons
to Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Big Maybelle, James Brown, and
Koko Taylor emerged from her compelling stage presence and powerful
gospel- influenced original blues. Accolades and industry recognition
soon followed: 1998 W.C. Handy Award Nominee for "Best Contemporary
Blues Female;" 1998 California Music Award Winner for "Most
Outstanding Blues Artist;" and "Most Outstanding Blues
Artist for the Year 1998" presented by the BAMMIE Awards.
In 1999 and 2000, Monica was also nominated for "Best International
Female Performer in the United Kingdom" sharing the category
with Irma Thomas, Etta James, Koko Taylor, and Angela Walker.
More CDs followed. However, in 2002, Sista Monica was diagnosed
with a rare form of breast cancer. Determined to Determined to
sing and live out her purpose, Monica underwent more than eighteen
months of aggressive chemotherapy, surgery, radiation and physical
therapy. The result was a complete removal of the tumor but resulted
in severely damage nerves and muscles in Monica's entire
upper right side. Eventually with her determination, faith, and
patience, Monica regained mobility in her microphone-holding
arm and hand, restoring it back to the level of her voice and
In 2004, Sista Monica returned to compile several Soul and Jazz
standards remembering Ray Charles and Dinah Washington in a healing
and inspirational CD "Love, Soul & Spirit vol. 1".
Sista Monica is a soul survivor. Straight through the storm,
she kept singing at conferences, festivals, and weddings, and
even in the hallways of the UCSF hospital during treatments.
She contends "It was surely the music and the grace of
God that kept me alive!" And her new record is certainly
a testament to that.
In her aptly titled new release "Can't Keep A Good
Woman Down", Sista Monica gives a renewed meaning to blues
as healing music. Surviving has given new power and freedom to
her lyrics and each track evokes the blessing she feels to be
able to write, sing, produce and perform music once again. "It's
a comeback album," she says. "The focus and the theme
is speaking to the truth — my truth. It's autobiographical,
current and in your face, offering hope and a reflection of my
remarkable recovery experience."
For more information, visit www.sistamonica.com