Victoria Monét

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Victoria Monét performing during a Dangerous Woman Tour concert
Background information
Birth nameVictoria Monét McCants
Born (1993-05-01) May 1, 1993 (age 25)
Georgia, U.S.
Origin Sacramento, California, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
Years active2008–present
Labels Empire
Associated acts

Victoria Monét McCants (born May 1, 1993) is an American singer and songwriter. She became involved in performing arts at a young age, singing in the youth choir at her church and performing in a city dance team. She soon took to writing and began working with producer Rodney Jerkins (aka Darkchild). Previously signed to Atlantic Records, In 2014, Monét released her debut EP Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1 and the following year released her follow-up EP Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 2. She has also written songs for artists such as Ariana Grande, Fifth Harmony, Nas, T.I., GOOD Music, Lupe Fiasco, Chrisette Michele, Coco Jones, Chris Brown, Diddy Dirty Money, Janelle Monáe, and Jasmine V.

Rodney Jerkins American record producer, songwriter, and record executive

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Atlantic Records American record label

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Contents

Early life

Monét was born in Georgia to an African American mother and a French father, and moved to Sacramento, California, as a child. [1] She was fascinated with performing arts, taking an interest in singing and dancing. Her first onstage experience came when she sang in her Catholic school holiday plays. She also sang in the youth choir at her local church but it was dance that initially gave her a sense of herself as a performer. By the time she became a student at the local performing arts high school, Monét had developed a grueling rehearsal schedule. She taught at two different dance studios and rehearsed with a local dance group, Boogie Monstarz, at Step One Dance Studios in Sacramento, while working at a local bank.

Georgia (U.S. state) State of the United States of America

Georgia is a state in the Southeastern United States. It began as a British colony in 1733, the last and southernmost of the original Thirteen Colonies to be established. Named after King George II of Great Britain, the Province of Georgia covered the area from South Carolina south to Spanish Florida and west to French Louisiana at the Mississippi River. Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the United States Constitution, on January 2, 1788. In 1802–1804, western Georgia was split to the Mississippi Territory, which later split to form Alabama with part of former West Florida in 1819. Georgia declared its secession from the Union on January 19, 1861, and was one of the original seven Confederate states. It was the last state to be restored to the Union, on July 15, 1870. Georgia is the 24th largest and the 8th most populous of the 50 United States. From 2007 to 2008, 14 of Georgia's counties ranked among the nation's 100 fastest-growing, second only to Texas. Georgia is known as the Peach State and the Empire State of the South. Atlanta, the state's capital and most populous city, has been named a global city. Atlanta's metropolitan area contains about 55% of the population of the entire state.

France Republic with mainland in Europe and numerous oversea territories

France, officially the French Republic, is a country whose territory consists of metropolitan France in Western Europe and several overseas regions and territories. The metropolitan area of France extends from the Mediterranean Sea to the English Channel and the North Sea, and from the Rhine to the Atlantic Ocean. It is bordered by Belgium, Luxembourg and Germany to the northeast, Switzerland and Italy to the east, and Andorra and Spain to the south. The overseas territories include French Guiana in South America and several islands in the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian oceans. The country's 18 integral regions span a combined area of 643,801 square kilometres (248,573 sq mi) and a total population of 67.3 million. France, a sovereign state, is a unitary semi-presidential republic with its capital in Paris, the country's largest city and main cultural and commercial centre. Other major urban areas include Lyon, Marseille, Toulouse, Bordeaux, Lille and Nice.

Sacramento, California State capital and city of California, United States

Sacramento is the capital city of the U.S. state of California and the seat of Sacramento County. Located at the confluence of the Sacramento River and the American River in Northern California's Sacramento Valley, Sacramento's estimated 2018 population of 501,334 makes it the sixth-largest city in California and the ninth largest capital in the United States. Sacramento is the seat of the California Assembly, the Governor of California, and Supreme Court of California, making it the state's political center and a hub for lobbying and think tanks. Sacramento is also the cultural and economic core of the Sacramento metropolitan area, which had 2010 population of 2,414,783, making it the fifth largest in California.

Career

2014–2015: Early songwriting success

Outside of dance rehearsals, Monét began exchanging poetry with an older cousin and found a new passion. This soon translated into her writing her own music. Meanwhile, she had been educating herself on the production world, learning about producers and making music at local recording studio. She learned about Rodney Jerkins (aka Darkchild) and decided to add him on Myspace. [2] Shortly after that, he invited her to come to Los Angeles and audition for a new girl group he was forming, Purple Reign. [3] The group landed a record deal with Motown a year later. The group was eventually dropped from the label.

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Soon her hooks and songs were sold to Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Ariana Grande, Nas, T.I., B.o.B, Chrisette Michele, Mario and Diddy Dirty Money, and others.[ citation needed ] Atlantic Records CEO Craig Kallman then offered her a record deal. [1] On October 30, 2014, Monet released her debut EP Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1 and on June 17, 2015, she released her follow-up EP Nightmares & Lullabies – Act 2 under Atlantic Records. [4] [5]

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Nas American rapper, record executive and entrepreneur from New York

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2016–present: 7/27 Tour, Dangerous Woman Tour, and Life After Love

Monét joined girl group Fifth Harmony on the North American leg of the 7/27 Tour, which began on July 25, 2016, as an opening act along with pop singer JoJo. Monét released her single "Do You Like It" on July 26, 2016.

Fifth Harmony American girl group

Fifth Harmony is an American girl group based in Miami, composed of Ally Brooke, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane, Lauren Jauregui, and previously Camila Cabello until her departure from the group in December 2016. The group signed a joint record deal with Simon Cowell's label Syco Records and L.A. Reid's label Epic Records after forming and finishing third in the second season of the American singing competition series The X Factor in 2012. Rising to prominence by social media, the group's debut extended play and their three studio albums all charted within the top ten of the Billboard 200 in the United States.

7/27 Tour concert tour by American girl group Fifth Harmony

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JoJo (singer) American actor-singer

Joanna Noëlle "JoJo" Levesque is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. Raised in Foxborough, Massachusetts, she performed in various singing competitions as a child, and after competing on the television show America's Most Talented Kids in 2003, she was noticed by record producer Vincent Herbert who asked her to audition for Blackground Records. JoJo released her eponymous titled debut album in June 2004. "Leave ", her debut single, reached number one on the US Billboard Pop songs chart, which made her the youngest solo artist to top the chart at 13 years old. The song peaked at 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold by the RIAA. The album has since sold over four million copies worldwide to date.

Following the 2016 Orlando nightclub shooting, the death of Christina Grimmie, the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, and the Dallas Police shooting, Monét released "Better Days" with Ariana Grande. On September 22, 2016, Grande announced on Twitter that Monét will serve as an opening act along with British girl group Little Mix on the North American leg of the Dangerous Woman Tour. Monét also supported Grande on the European leg of the tour alongside rapper Bia.

Christina Grimmie American singer

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Little Mix British four-piece girl group

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Dangerous Woman Tour 2017 concert tour by Ariana Grande

The Dangerous Woman Tour was the third concert tour by American singer and actress Ariana Grande to promote her third studio album, Dangerous Woman (2016). The tour began on February 3, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona, and ended on September 21, 2017 in Hong Kong. The tour was temporarily halted on May 22, 2017 by a terrorist bombing at the end of Grande's Manchester Arena show, which killed 22 concert-goers and injured 139. After organizing and performing at the One Love Manchester benefit concert, Grande resumed the tour on June 7, 2017.

Monét released "Ready" while on tour with Ariana Grande in April 2017. On February 23, 2018, Monét released her third EP "Life After Love, Pt. 1" featuring her single "Freak", which was released on February 9 along with the pre-order of her album.

Songwriting

Monét has a long history of writing songs for other artists. In 2010, she helped pen "I Hate That You Love Me" by Diddy Dirty Money and went on to co-write songs such as "Be Alright", "Let Me Love You" and "Thank U, Next" by Ariana Grande; "Memories Back Then" by T.I., B.o.B and Kendrick Lamar; "Drunk Texting" by Chris Brown; "Everlasting Love", "Them Girls Be Like", "Reflection", "We Know", and "No Way" by Fifth Harmony; "You Wouldn't Understand" by Nas; "Sin City" by GOOD Music; "Visual Love" by Chrisette Michele; and "Live on Tonight" by T.I.

Personal life

Monét came out as bisexual in November 2018 through Twitter, referencing the song "Chanel" by Frank Ocean which is about Ocean's own sexuality. [6] [7] [8] [9]

Discography

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with selected details
TitleAlbum details
Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1
  • Released: October 30, 2014 [10]
  • Label: Victoria Monét Music
  • Formats: Digital download
Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 2
  • Released: June 17, 2015 [11]
  • Label: Victoria Monét Music
  • Formats: Digital download
Life After Love, Pt. 1
  • Release: February 23, 2018
  • Label: Victoria Monét Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download
Life After Love, Pt. 2
  • Release: September 28, 2018 [12]
  • Label: Victoria Monét Music
  • Formats: CD, digital download

Singles

List of singles, showing year released, selected chart positions and album name
TitleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
US
[13]
AUS
[14]
CAN
[15]
GRE
Dig.

[16]
IRE
[17]
NLD
[18]
NZ
[19]
SCO
[20]
UK
[21]
"Made in China" [22]
(featuring Ty Dolla Sign)
2014Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 1
"90's Babies" [23] 2015Nightmares & Lullabies: Act 2
"High Luv" [24]
"See the Light" [25]
"Do You Like It" [26] 2016Life After Love, Pt. 2
"Ready" [27] 2017
"Freak" [28] 2018Life After Love, Pt. 1
"Monopoly"
(with Ariana Grande) [29]
201969213811576192123Non-album single

Guest appearances

List of non-single guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
TitleYearAlbumArtist(s)
"Live on Tonight"2012 Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head T.I.
"You Wouldn't Understand" Life Is Good Nas
"Somewhere" [30] 2013Born II Sing Vol. III Eric Bellinger
"Stay"2014 Paperwork T.I.
"About My Issue"T.I., Nipsey Hussle
"Fear Warning" [31] 2015TrapnatiHardo, Stevie B
"Losing" [32] 2016Summer on Sunset Wale
"Kill"2017 Drogas Light Lupe Fiasco, Ty Dolla $ign
"The Amazing Mr. Fuck Up"2018 Dime Trap T.I.

Production and songwriting

YearSongArtistAlbum
2012"You Wouldn't Understand"
(featuring Victoria Monét)
Nas Life Is Good
"Sin City" GOOD Music Cruel Summer
"Introduction" T.I. Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head
"Live On Tonight"
(featuring Victoria Monét)
2013
"Malice In Wonderland"Victoria Monét
"Déjà Vu" Coco Jones Made Of
"Visual Love" Chrisette Michele Better
"Honeymoon Avenue" Ariana Grande Yours Truly
"Daydreamin'"
2014"Would You Wait"Victoria Monét
"Intro" Ariana Grande My Everything
"My Everything"
"Only 1"
"Cadillac Song"
2015"Everlasting Love" Fifth Harmony Reflection
"Them Girls Be Like"
"Reflection"
"We Know"
"Double Tap"
(featuring 2 Chainz)
Jordin Sparks Right Here, Right Now
"A Little More"
(featuring Victoria Monét)
Machine Gun Kelly General Admission
"Intro" Ariana Grande Christmas & Chill
"Wit It This Christmas"
"December"
"Not Just on Christmas"
"True Love"
"Winter Things"
2016"Moonlight" Dangerous Woman
"Be Alright"
"Let Me Love You (ft. Lil Wayne)"
"Leave Me Lonely (ft. Macy Gray)"
"I Don't Care"
"Knew Better / Forever Boy"
"Step On Up"
"No Way" Fifth Harmony 7/27
2017"I Want You" Sara Evans Words
2018"Goodnight n Go" Ariana Grande Sweetener
"Pete Davidson"
"Thank U, Next" Thank U, Next
2019"7 Rings"
"Needy"
"NASA"
"Make Up"
"Ghostin"
"Monopoly"
(with Victoria Monét)
TBA

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