Official Biography (courtesy of Claudette Monet)
To label Claudette Monet as simply a "soul" singer is a huge understatement. Rather, Monet is full-fledged musical force who always graces the stage with an angelic presence that is paralleled only the industry's most celebrated icons. Her music - a mixture of soul, funk, rock and pop - attracts people of all ages, religions, shapes and shades. Monet is all about love, from the songs she sings, to the way she connects with her audience. That love typically comes back two-fold at the end of Monet's shows, when her faithful fans fill the room with thunderous applause and raucous cheers. Her voice booms tremendously and her adorable smile is enough to make listeners fall in love over and over again.
Claudette Monet was born in Madison, Florida, not too far from the birthplace of soul music icon Ray Charles. Claudette began singing in church at the age of 9, after her mother heard her singing in the mirror and realized that her daughter had a tremendous gift. One Sunday, her mother stood up in the middle of church and told the congregation that her daughter was going to sing. A star was born that day. Soon thereafter, Claudette sang at community functions and in the choir. She was named first chair flutist in her high school's band. Throughout her high school years in north Florida, she won beauty pageants and state competitions as a flutist. Claudette also received rave reviews from her acting performances in school plays.
Claudette received a scholarship to play flute in the world famous Florida A&M Marching 100 band. However, the marching band was not her destiny. Instead, Claudette enrolled in Florida State University to find her voice and sang at venues throughout north Florida and south Georgia. It was at this time that Claudette began to seriously craft her career. She sang with groups like Simply Divine and Poise, and sang backup for several recording artists. She has also performed with several Grammy award-winning artists.
Taking a break from music, she moved to Silver Spring, Maryland, and began working for internationally renowned hairstylist Miki Wright. During this time, she modeled for Bronner Brothers and appeared in hair magazines including ShopTalk, Sophisticates, and Salon Profile. Still, music was her true calling. After a call from her previous manager and encouragement from her ex-group members, Claudette moved back to Florida, this time settling in Miami to join the group Brown Suga. Although the group was short lived, she learned more about the industry.
Claudette is now back in the Washington, D.C. area with a renewed spirit and thirst for success. Singing throughout the city, Claudette has made a steady advancement in the music industry and is known as one of the most powerful and versatile voices in the DC metropolitan area. With her southern roots in tow, Claudette has adopted a northern swagger, making her a universal light for all to behold. Currently, the multi-faceted performer is in high demand and frequently graces the stage of several venues thought the DC metro area and makes guest appearances in many popular bands. She is also recording her own funk/rock album that has plenty of soul. Just another venture for this phenomenal "southern girl."