Working Woman Wednesday. Interview With Singer/Songwriter Monique Nikkole.

Monique Nikkole was born and raised in Canarsie, Brooklyn and started singing at the tender age of two. No matter where she was, she was singing. Monique would participate in local talent shows sporadically through her youth and also sang in school and church choirs. Monique Nikkole has owned three recording studios, two production companies, a music management company, a publishing company and film company. With over 20 years of entrepreneurial, business, and professional acumen, Monique Nikkole is a vocalist with a sincere interest in the music industry and has used her spare time to work with rising stars and artists seeking fame and entertainment fortune via her companies. Monique has worked in multiple capacities within the music business but her true raw talent kept pushing to the surface and has finally erupted! They say the best investment made is in yourself! Here comes Monique Nikkole!

What is your musical background? 

My musical background is rooted in classic r&b, jazz and gospel music, but I grew up listening to all forms of music. 

What is the most challenging part of making a song?

It depends, sometimes it’s timing, vibe and location.  For me I need a Zen moment.  My mind needs to be clear to create.  The challenge is quieting my mind and losing myself in the music. 

Who was your favorite artist growing up? 

Stephanie Mills and Whitney Houston. 

How do you feel about the internet in the music business?

The internet provides an outlet for artists to get their music to the masses, it’s a great tool, but the challenge is being able to separate yourself from the pool of talent that’s online.  The internet has made it easier for artists as far as access, but difficult because there’s so much out there to filter through in order to be recognized.  I feel it’s good overall, but hard at the same time. 

Any upcoming projects coming up that you would like to share with readers? 

I’m currently recording my EP that will have music within the same vibe as Red Bottoms And Lingerie.  I’m also working on my jazz album and mix tape. 

What rapper doesn’t get the credit they deserve? 

There’s a few that really deserved more credit for sure! Kool G Rap definitely comes to mind.  In my opinion, he is one of the greatest wordsmiths of all time.  Hopefully, we will get together on a track soon, stay tuned!  

What is one electric device you can’t live without?

My phone, lol, but that’s most people. 

What are riches in your life that cannot be lost?

My family, my health, my ability to listen and to sing music. 

What is something about life that people don’t appreciate as much as they should? 

The opportunity that’s granted by God when you wake up to start a new day.  That gift allows you another chance to get it right! 

If God grants you three wishes, what would you ask for?

To keep my family (including my friends) safe and healthy, end world poverty and to be wealthy. 

If you could go back and change one decision what would it be?

I would not have done business with people that were just out to steal money from me.  I would’ve followed my gut.  One thing I’ve learned throughout my evolution through life, is when it doesn’t seem right or it’s too good to be true, it’s not! I will tell you this, when the time comes, those that have stolen from me will pay double! God is watching! 

How can everyone keep in contact with you on social media? 

I’m on every platform, @moniquenikkoe on Instagram and Twitter.  My website is moniquenikkolemusic.  They can also Google me and all of my links will pop up. 

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