Monique Brooks Roberts is a violinist hailing from Louisville, KY. Now residing in the New Jersey/Philadelphia area, she is intent on making her mark in the soul/jazz fusion circuit with her sultry and sensual violin work. She graduated in 2005 from Eastern Kentucky University studying with Dr. Eun Hwan Bai and Jeremy Mulholland.
Influenced by a plethora of 90’s RnB artists, her music oozes soul. Her playing is often described as sexy, emotional and provocative - and there’s little surprise why. With over 26 years of experience under her belt, the violin has become an extension of herself; a visceral medium through which she is able to express the emotions which words cannot. While she is successfully carving out a niche in her own right, her music echoes influences of Sade, Robert Glasper, Air, and Erykah Badu to name a few.
Monique creates music not because she wants to, but because she has to. She is a firm believer that music is key to feeding and nourishing our souls. For her, music is her drug, and she views it as her mission to inspire audiences with messages of peace and love through her music. As a passionate player and listener, her drive is fueled by the satisfaction her music brings to others. Many praise her music for her ability to evoke such strong emotions within themselves, that often consequently inspire them to get up and conquer their dreams.
Monique has had a busy and fulfilling career, having performed and recorded for many notable artists including Alicia Keys, Common, Jill Scott, Rajdulari, Adrianne Archie, Mos Def, Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin, J. Cole, Shawn Mendes, and many more. She was also a touring member of the Philadelphia String Quartet for 7 years. She has performed with the Soulful Symphony Orchestra, Gateways Festival Orchestra, Harlem Symphony Orchestra, and Philharmonic of Southern New Jersey where she sat Principal Second. She has also featured on live television on multiple occasions, appearing on VH1 Storytellers, CBS Late Show With David Letterman, Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the MTV Video Music Awards, BET Bobby Jones Gospel Show and the BET Honors. Monique has played at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, the John F. Kennedy Center, Radio City Music Hall, The Kimmel Center, Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, the world famous Tchaikovsky Hall in Moscow, Russia, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, The Newport Jazz Festival, The Willingboro Jazz Festival and plenty more. She currently performs and tours with Elegance String Quartet, Rootstock Republic, and is a designated sub for Pretty Woman on Broadway in NYC.
Monique works closely with husband, and producer/musical director Aaron Brooks Roberts, who provides the foundations of the tracks which Monique lays her violin talents over. So far, she has released an album in 2007 with her former neo-soul/jazz band TruVibe, entitled “Tru Beginnings”. Today, she is on the grind again, working on a solo album entitled “Free” that is set to launch in Spring 2019.
Monique’s music is not just to be enjoyed, but to be experienced. Ignite your sensory pleasures with a little bit of Monique by heading over to her Soundcloud.