about monica

Monica is a singer-songwriter based in New York known for her catchy tunes, intelligent lyrics and quirky live banter.   Her lyrical style is self-dubbed “philoso-folk” given the push-pull of small everyday snapshots with the bigger questions of life in her writing (i.e. no other genre fit quite right).  Her musical style is self-dubbed "kitchen-sink twist on Americana" since it pulls from a wide range of influences - Americana, alt-rock, country, world music, folk - resulting from working with a wide spectrum of accomplished and creative musicians and artists (i.e. she likes what she likes).

Monica is an accidental songwriter (but a purposeful punster and irreverent word-masher).  The songwriting kicked off when she wrote songs as a means to learn how to play guitar.  She eventually found herself fronting various indie/alt-rock bands in some of the most iconic underground NYC venues such as Elbow Room, ACME Underground, Kenny's Castaways, Spiral Café, Downtime and the Lion's Den.  After weaving in and out of band-centered projects, she has now fully embraced the shameless serial-collabor-ist she was meant to be and indulges frivolously with other free-wheeling creatives to do unscripted but inspired projects (i.e. she likes who she likes).

She released her first full-length studio album in April 2018 titled "Cowboys&Aliens" (recorded with Joe DiGiorgi at Headlines Studios and features a small army of local musicians and friends).  Even though she is a solo artist, her inexplicable under-therapized tendencies to bury her proverbial head in the existential sand led her to release the 2018 album under the moniker Trio Of Awesuhm (i.e. fake band who's meaning is an inside joke to 3 people).  For more information about Trio Of Awesuhm and awesuhm reviews of "Cowboys&Aliens" go to www.trioofawesuhm.com/reviews.

A new album is in the works for 2020 (with Sam Wagner at The Koop Studios) and includes 20th anniversary commemorative remakes of songs from her 2000 demo "Six Years to Zanzibar".  After much brow-furrowing and tsk-tsking from her peers, friends, family, gobsmacked strangers about hiding behind said fake band, she has relented to releasing her upcoming 2020 album as Monica Uhm (i.e. peer pressure works).

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photo credit: liam winters

photo credit: liam winters