R&B sensation Monica Denise Arnold was raised in the blue-collar College Park suburb of Atlanta, Georgia by her mother Marilyn, an amateur singer and airline representative - her father (distantly related to rapper Ludacris) left the family early in her life. A naturally talented singer, Monica's mom encouraged her to sing at church and at local fairs and talent shoes; as a result, she became a touring member of the regionally renowned gospel choir Charles Thompson and the Majestics by the time she was 10.She was discovered while touring with The Majestics by notable record producer Dallas Austin, who quickly signed the eleven year old young singer to his Arista-backed label Rowdy Records (TLC, Boyz II Men) in 1991. Setting up Queen Latifah to act as her manager and mentor, Monica spent four years in the studio recording her debut album, Miss Thang, which eventually saw release in mid-1995. An incredibly successful debut, Miss Thang earned a Triple-Platinum certification from the RIAA, selling over 3,000,000 copies based on the success of singles like "Don't Take It Personal" and "Like This and Like That". In the wake of Miss Thang Monica graduated early from high school to focus on her singing career, moving to Rowdy's parent label Arista Records. Working hard in the studio with producers Darkchild and Jermaine Dupri throughout 1997, Monica released her sophomore album The Boy Is Mine on Arista in 1998. Her most successful album to date, The Boy Is Mine went on to produce six singles and sell over 4 million copies worldwide. Notable tracks from the album include "Street Symphony", "The First Night", and "Angel of Mine", a duet with R&B songstress Brandy. Following the departure of head exec Clive Davis from Arista in 2001, Monica left Arista to join Clive's newfound label J Records (Alicia Keys, Carrie Underwood). Her third album, 2002's All Eyez on Me, did not sell as well as her earlier releases, partially because release versions were being widely circulated on file-sharing networks like Napster - a problem that, while commonplace today, was new to the record industry at the time. As a result the album was heavily re-recorded and re-released by J in 2003 as After the Storm. A modest success, After the Storm sold well over a million copies due to the popularity of singles like "U Should've Known Better" and "Knock Knock". After releasing her critically acclaimed but commercially lackluster fourth album The Makings of Me ("Everytime tha Beat Drop", "A Dozen Roses") in 2006, Monica returned to the studio in late 2007 (after appearing in the T.I.-produced major motion picture ATL) to begin recording her fifth album, Lessons Learned, which is set to drop on J Records sometime in 2008. Monica has begun collaborating with a more diverse set of producers for her latest effort, naming Missy Elliott and Babyface as major contributors.
Bio: Monica Denise Arnold (born October 24, 1980), professionally known as Monica , is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and occasional actress. Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Arnold was a member of Charles Thompson and the Majestics, a traveling 12-piece gospel choir prior to signing a solo recording contract with Arista Records in 1995. Guided by Rowdy head Dallas Austin and proteges' Tim & Bob, she came to prominence following her debut album Miss Thang (1995), which produced four singles and made her the youngest recording act to ever have two consecutive chart-topping hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart.
Following a major success with "The Boy Is Mine", a duet with singer Brandy, and a same-titled second album in 1998, a series of hit records, established her position as one of the most successful of the new breed of urban R&B female vocalists to emerge in the mid-to late 1990s. However, Arnold's popularity began to decline at the turn of the century, during which time she dealt with more personal tribulations including the suicide of her boyfriend, a tumultuous relationship with former fiancé Corey "C-Murder" Miller and the delay of her heavily-bootlegged third album, All Eyez on Me (2002). In 2003, Monica eventually released her fourth album After the Storm, and after an unsuccessful period, she scored her sixth number-one hit, "So Gone". After giving birth to her first child, Rodney Ramone Hill III, in May 2005, and another short hiatus, Monica released her fifth studio album, The Makings of Me in October 2006.
While maintaining a recording career Arnold has also gained fame for appearing in several film and television productions, including supporting roles in big screen motion pictures Boys and Girls (2000) and ATL (2006) and a starring role in the MTV Films telefilm Love Song (2000). In 2009, she produced the BET series Monica: Still Standing which followed the recording of her same-titled sixth studio album.
Album Called Still Standing 2010
Contents [hide]"All I Know is Me" (produced by Bryan-Michael Cox)
"Appreciate" (produced by Kendrick "WyldCard" Dean)
"Believing in Me" (produced by Stargate) 
"Betcha" (produced by Missy Elliott, Lamb, co-written by Jazmine Sullivan)
"Everything to Me" (produced by Missy Elliott, co-produced by Lamb, co-written by Jazmine Sullivan)
"Here I Am" (produced by Polow Da Don and written by Ester Dean)
"How You Like It" (featuring Rocko) (produced by Drumma Boy)
"Infinity" (produced by Bryan-Michael Cox)
"Let Me Know" (produced by Missy Elliott)
"Love All Over Me" (produced by Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, Crystal Johnson)
"Never Give Up" (produced by Bryan-Michael Cox and J. Dupri)
"Nothing Like" (featuring T-Pain) (produced by Polow Da Don)
"One In a Lifetime" (produced by J Ferrari)
"Picture In a Frame" (produced by Bryan-Michael Cox, Kendrick Dean)
"Real Talk" (featuring Rocko) (produced by Bryan-Michael Cox)
"So Bad" (produced by Drumma Boy)
"Stay or Go" (written by Ne-Yo)
"Still Standing" (featuring Ludacris) (produced by Bryan-Michael Cox and written by Christopher "Ludacris" Bridges, Adonis Shropshire)
"Superman" (produced by Bryan-Michael Cox, Kendrick Dean)
"Taxi" (produced by Stargate and written by LaShawn Daniels )
"You Chose Me" (produced by Bryan-Michael Cox)
 Release history
1 Early life
2 Recording career
2.1 1991-1996: Miss Thang
2.2 1997-1999: The Boy Is Mine
2.3 2000-2002: All Eyez on Me
2.4 2003-2004: After the Storm
2.5 2005-2007: The Makings of Me
2.6 2008-present: Still Standing
3 Acting career
4 Personal life
5.1 Studio albums
8 See also
10 External links
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