Marie signs a music distribution deal with Enrich music,
Marie Album Releases
I was released on a few Albums since
my own Debut Album:
"WAKE, Signs of Life" (1999) with the song
"Libra-Balance" - backing vocals on the Album
"Empress" Will Rogers State - Flesh and Bone
(2005), Courtesy of Oversoul Music, and on a Compilation
Album called "Groove Sound 2003" (2003), Courtesy
of Enrich Music.
Marie speaks to & sings for the Edison 6th graders
In Ashland, Ohio
"My sincerest thank you to all of the wonderful
children, teachers, and administrators for allowing
me the opportunity to speak to such well mannered and
intelligent young people. It truly was a pleasure!"
- Monica Marie -
Marie sings for the 15th world burn congress In Cleveland,
"Nearly 550 members of the burn community spent
4 days in September learning about the burn recovery
process, sharing experiences, making new friends, and
catching up with old ones."
Monica Marie opened each session with an inspirational
Thanks again to Amy Acton, Pam Peterson, Dr. Fratianne,
Chief G.G., and also the Phoenix Fire Dept. for audio
visual support. It was an honor to be able to participate,
and you all made it an exciting and memorable event
Marie helps raise funds for Muscular Dystrophy
"Thank you to all of the people who contributed
time, money & effort over the past few years through
many, many events, and especially to the Cleveland Fire
Fighters for inspiring me to help out with your Muscular
Dystrophy drives and raffles. A special note of thanks
to Chief G.G. you know who you are - you're an amazing
Betten, KLMJ radio in Hampton, is on the new single
"To Get Me To You"
"A fresh new AC Artist with a lot of potential.
The song speaks right to the heart, and with the help
of Diane Warren and David Foster, it can't miss. Just
one listen and you're hooked."
from the Trabuco Canyon News
Entertainment section - Jesus Flores
Monica Marie is storming the music industry as she debuts
her adult contemporary/pop music album. She was featured
in the Trabuco Canyon News in the July 4th weekend issue
and is described by a staff writer: "She delivers
a musical style that embraces the best of today's pop,
laced with a hint of rhythm and blues and expressive
from the Orange County Register
Sports section - Jeff Miller
Ain't id grand commentary: with fashion statements,
t-shirt slogans and beer, the sights and sounds of the
Grand Prix are again familiar in Long Beach.
Monica Marie is promoting the release of her debut album.
According to literature supplied by a publicist, Marie
has "a powerful, sumptuous vocal instrument"
and her style is "laden with hauntingly poetic
lyrics." You could even listen to her new CD right
there while she was signing. That is, if you could hear
her sumptuous vocal instrument over the thousands of
horsepower screaming by like a barrel of bats set on
fire and bound for hell.
from the Cleveland Plain Dealer
Entertainment Section - John Soeder
Taste of Cleveland is homecoming for former Medina singer
Add former Medina resident Monica Marie to the impressive
list of singers who have recorded songs by Diane Warren,
the Grammy-winning tunesmith who wrote hits for Toni
Braxton, Cher, Celine Dion and Leann Rimes, among others.
Monica's self-titled debut features two Warren compositions,
"To Get Me To You" and "Don't Look At
Me That Way." they're ideal vehicles for Monica's
pretty yet powerful voice. She was introduced to Warren
by big-shot producer David Foster, who supervised the
arranging and recording of "To Get Me To You."
"I said, 'How do you get a Diane Warren song?'
he said, 'Well, you just go to her house, get on your
knees and beg,'" recalls the thirty something Monica,
who now makes her home in Newport Beach, California.
The Medina High School graduate prefers to keep her
exact age and surname secret. Her performance tonight
at the Nautical Stage in the flats kicks off the musical
entertainment for the Taste of Cleveland festival.
"The record industry is all about who you know,"
say's Monica. For her Album, she recruited a team of
top-notch session musicians and studio wizards who had
worked with the likes of Celine Dion and Mariah Carey.
The collection of adult-contemporary pop songs and romantic
ballads came out last month.
In addition to 11 original tunes by Monica, the Album
includes a cover of "Dream Weaver," Gary Wright's
1976 hit always seemed to be playing on the radio when
Monica and her large family went on vacation. "Those
were good times," she says, 'But it was kind of
torture, too, when you had nine people plus a dog in
a station wagon for two days, driving to Florida."
Monica is looking forward to tonight's homecoming gig.
"When I go back to Ohio, I'm overwhelmed by how
nice everyone is," she says. "I miss that
sincerity. It's not that people aren't nice out here
[in California], but they usually have an ulterior motive."
All the same, she did get a kick out of meeting the
artist formerly known as Prince. Monica sang at his
club, Glam Slam, several years ago.
"I'm not interested in him romantically, but I
asked him to dance," she says. "He's like,
only if there's a hellacious beat. I'm like, "what's
a hellacious beat? How about one of your songs? He's
like, 'oh, no, no, no.' at the same time, his bodyguards
are asking the DJ to put on his stuff. He's full of
himself, but he's very interesting."
from the Medina Sun
- Sam Boyer -
Local Grad makes it in music world
Monica Marie's Album launches career and new record
label. Taking part in all the musical groups at Medina
High School has paid off for MHS graduate, Monica Marie
G., who is a rising vocalist with her first album on
the Kohassett Record label.
Now known as Monica Marie, she was the youngest of five
children. As a teenager, she performed in musicals,
plays, show groups, with nightclub bands and lead her
church congregation in song on Sunday mornings.
She performed in solo and ensemble contest all four
years of high school before graduating from Medina High,
receiving superior ratings.
"From the time I was able to sing, I've been performing"
she said, "Even if it was only for my family."
To pursue her dream of performing professionally, she
moved to California where she worked in the computer
industry for six years as she established herself in
the music business and got to know the people one needs
to find to help her along the way.
"You need someone who believes in you," she
said, and she found that with a new recording company,
Kohassett Records, Inc., of Newport Beach, California.
Kohassett is aligned with the multi-million dollar corporations,
usprint, a software and documentation printing company
and usprint CD, a software and music CD manufacturer.
In addition to launching the new label and Monica Marie's
CD via full-page ads in us and Rolling Stone, the firm
has a competition car in the Toyota/Kool Formula Atlantic
In a unique Artist promotion tactic, Kohassett is sponsoring
u.s. F2000 National Champion David Besnard as its driver
and the car not only has Kohassett's logo but the image
of Monica Marie, whose trademark look is a close-up
photo of her eyes.
Kohassett also has a mobile advertising vehicle featuring
an 18-foot by 12-foot billboard and a 40-inch HDTV flat
screen monitor, video player, 10 headsets and more,
all of which provide a continuous audio and visual experience
of debut artists.
The mobile ad vehicle is fashioned for promotional use
at all high visibility events such as concerts, charity
fund raisers, select races, in-store promotions and
other pertinent recording industry events.
So it's not unusual to see an 18-by 12-foot photo of
Monica Marie coming down a street in California and
Kohassett has packaged Monica Marie materials including
the self-titled CD, videotape and a T-Shirt with the
Earlier this month, Monica Marie made a special appearance
at the Taste of Cleveland in the flats where the mobile
ad vehicle was on hand to attract attention. Monica
Marie has also been heard in the movie, "Beyond
Desire," where she sang one of the sound-track
Her adult contemporary/pop Album is available in most
record outlets, and can be ordered online at www.monicamarie.com
where visitors can hear samples of her songs.
Taken from the Music Connection
Volume XXIII, No. 20
Heart & Soul Section - Michael Mollura
Monica Marie poised for Debut
National Network Against Violence recently attracted
a stellar crowd, including prominent music figures,
to a reception in Beverly Hills. Pictured below is newcomer
artist, Monica Marie (left), poised for her debut on
Kohassett Records, in early fall; longtime icon, Denise
Williams (center), recent recipient of a 4th Grammy,
and Linda Komorsky (right), Vice President, Touch Tunes,
a high-tech digital jukebox. Marie's album includes
a song by Diane Warren and a cut produced by multiple
Grammy Winner David Foster.
from MHR Magazine, UK
Monica Marie - Monica Marie
- By Nicky Baldrian - -
Welcome to the hottest new sensation in female rock
and pop, the best way to describe this Album in one
word is class. Coming from nowhere, Los Angeles based
songstress Monica Marie's Debut Album is hot hot hot,
filled with bone trembling passion and lush melody patterns
of huge finesse that Artists like Kyle Vincent, Richard
Marx, Mark Free, Dianne Dewitt, Robin Randall, Robin
Beck, Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan, Whitney Houston,
Celine Dion etc...Would die to have sung.
Monica spent a year in the studio on this Album with
top producer David Foster and top songwriter Diane Warren
(Bad English etc...), and the effect is a beautiful
and timeless collection of soft pop/aor songs that is
sure to send her topping the charts throughout out the
"To Get Me To You" opens the Album and is
the lead off single. "To Get Me To You" is
an uplifting and beautiful ballad that sets the standard
for the rest of the album. Listen to the way Monica's
baby like voice soars around the songs music. "A
Good Thing" has a dancey edge to it a'la Whitney
Houston and Richard Marx's "You Never Take Me Dancing."
Then we get a cover of Gary Wright's "Dream Weaver"
which works really well with Monica's emotive and sexy
voice. "Love For The Child" continues the
sweet balladry and is a super ballad. A Christmas number
one anybody? "Don't Look At Me That Way" is
pure soft AOR, and has a wonderful and inspirational
chorus that reminds me of Jaime Kyle, and heart's Ann
Wilson - this is another hit. "Can you tell me"
has a groove a'la Wilson Phillips with some neat vocal
phrasing from our Monica." Out Of My Head"
is another really great song that reminds me of device,
and also at times she sounds like the black girl from
the Spice Girls; very English sounding vocals on this
song but in no way is the music like the spice girls
(thank God)! This is one of the albums strongest tracks
and even bares similarities to Pat Benatar. But what
I like about the songs is that they all work. I know
that Diane Warren's input has helped to make the songs
more polished, but Monica does have her own pedigree,
and that's why it works so well. She is very convincing
and drives loads of juicy excitement into the song structures.
"Live Life" is another gorgeous ballad in
the Sheena Easton Venus and Mars vein and is a totally
huge nail-biting song - another hit!!! "You"
goes for a Mariah Carey approach with a nice AOR edge.
"My Solace" is another great ballad with some
nice guitar work; in fact this is a stunning ballad.
The way this lady sings this song is amazing - this
is another highlight on the album. "Passion"
doesn't altogether do it for me and is perhaps the weakest
of the fifteen tracks. "Eyes" however is another
neat AOR tune that if given to Steve Perry or Richard
Marx to sing would be immediately massive." Change"
is another hot tune sprinkled with AOR keyboard sensations
and Dancey tones. "Back To You" is a challenging
song, and features some beautiful background music a'la
violins, classical guitar etc. This is another lush
and very uplifting song that leads us into the albums
final track "To Get Me To You" (re-mixed version)
- which goes for a more poppy approach than the single
version, and is a bit disappointing. Overall this is
a sound album that is sure to elevate Monica to the
status of Celine Dion and the like; and the great thing
is that there are some great AOR/Pop songs to fall in
love with. An album full of tranquility. Now then Monica
- will you marry me?
Marie poses in front of her truck in Medina recently.
She opens for Cheap Trick Friday at the Taste of Cleveland
Native Catches Her Rising Star
By Craig D. Williams (Staff Writer)
Marie may live in Southern California now, but she grew
up in Medina. She returns to Northeast Ohio this weekend
to perform at the fourth annual Taste of Cleveland event
in The Flats, opening for Cheap Trick Friday night.
local "rising star" of the music industry
is hard at work these days promoting her self-titled
album, but hard work and performing are nothing new
to Monica. She's been an entertainer, in one form or
another, since she was a child.
was born locally, the youngest of five children. From
a very young age she put on shows for friends and family
- sometimes imitating female singers like Dolly Parton
and Ethel Merman.
a teen, her performer's spirit came to life. She participated
in musicals, plays and show groups. She also sang with
night-club bands and led her church congregation on
that practice has paid off for Monica. Now she's promoting
her own Album; an Album she was heavily involved in
a solid year, I've been in the studio writing, recording
and producing my album," Monica Marie writes in
the Biography section of her website (www.monicamarie.com).
"I've been fortunate enough to learn quite a bit
more about the Engineering Producing, and the Recording
Process as a whole."
will continue promoting her new Album, not only by performing
at Taste of Cleveland, but by rubbing elbows with her
audience while she's there. Fans and future fans will
have the opportunity to view the Monica Marie mobile
billboard truck and see her new music video at a station
set up in Fagan's parking lot. She also will sign free
photos and posters daily at the mobile truck.
so looking forward to promoting my Album!" Monica
writes. "I welcome any insight that my fans care
to share, as (they) are the ultimate focus!"
The Medina Sun - Community Life
Very First Seem To Stick In Her Mind
once calculated that in 32 years in education I worked
with about 10,000 students. Strange as it may seem,
I knew the first students I had in class the best.
when I became a Principal, I never had the chance again
to get to know individuals really well. When I run into
former students, I can easily tell whether I knew them
as their teacher or their principal. If they call me
Miss Ocepek, I know they had me in English class (probably
Science Fiction). If they call me Dr. Ocepek, I know
I knew them when I became a Principal.
always appreciate it when former students identify themselves
to me. Usually, I can remember something about them
or a brother or sister. It is so much fun to run into
people just to see how their lives have turned out.
My former students now range in age from 18 to 51 years
old. I knew the 51 year olds when I was 22 and they
were 18, many years ago.
to these former students has become one of the great
joys of my life. So, when I recently ran into Monica
(Last Name Removed), Class of 1985, I had the best time
talking with her. I discovered that she had just moved
back to Medina after living in California for 15 years
where she had a successful run at a career in music.
professional stage name is Monica Marie. She shared
with me her Debut Album which was just beautiful, filled
with soulful, haunting melodies. I was impressed that
she sang songs written by Diane Warren who wrote the
lyrics to "Where My Heart Will Take Me," the
theme from Star Trek Enterprise (naturally that would
make the biggest impression on me).
has a terrific website at www.monicamarie.com that describes
her career and some of the famous people she rubbed
elbows with over the years. She is back in Medina to
be with her family but does not rule out a return to
California. She is contemplating a new Album, and she
does need a local back up band to help her. If you are
interested, you can e-mail her thorugh her website.
praised Medina's music program and appreciated being
a part of Spice, Showtime, "Annie," and Top
Hat Entertainment Company (the show choir's name in
the 1980s) when she was in high school. In particular,
she singled out Mark Hutsko, who was the Choir Director
during Monica's years at Medina High, as having a major
impact on her life and career. In spite of her success,
Monica is gracious and down to earth. It was a real
joy to talk with her.
a portion of select articles were deleted or paraphrased
to protect the security of Monica Marie.