With her album dropping on Tuesday, April 10th, Monica is the featured artist for the current segment of AOL’s Music Session series. Giving fans a taste of some unplugged sessions, she performs a mini-concert, covering her recent and past Top 40-hits, including “Angel of Mine”, “So Gone”, and her recent single “It All Belongs To Me.”
In addition to her live performance, Monica also spoke with The Boombox about several topics including her new album.
“This album, New Life, is really a continuation of my 2008 album LP, Still Standing. Still Standing, I was in a place where I was trying to figure out exactly how to balance everything that was taking place in my life. When I started recording, I had a 6-month-old and a 2-year-old, who are now 4 and 6,” she says. “I look back at those moments, and I look back at what it was really like, I think those struggles helped me to really become the person that I am. I had to find the strength to be everything that my audience needed, but moreso everything that my children needed. “
She continues: “So, learning to really juggle all of the facets of my life is how I’ve gotten to the point of saying “new life”, and new life means embarking upon new things and not being afraid. I don’t ever want to be afraid of change anymore because who knew that so many amazing things could happen if I just let go of what used to be and embrace what can be. And because of it, I feel better, I think better, I sing better, I love better. I don’t live in yesterday anymore, so New Life is just my way of saying to every person that listens, embrace all that can come into your life.”
Read the rest of the interview here and check out Monica getting personal with her soulful performances below!
Monica Performs “It All Belongs To Me”
Monica Performs “Anything (To Find You)”
Monica Performs “Angel Of Mine/So Gone”
Monica Performs “Man Who Has Everything”