Monica Denise Brown, (née Arnold; born October 24, 1980), simply known as Monica, is an American singer, songwriter, producer, and actress. Born and raised in College Park, Georgia, she began performing as a child and became part of a traveling gospel choir at the age of ten.
She rose to prominence after releasing her debut studio album Miss Thang in 1995. It went multiplatinum, while its first two singles “Don’t Take It Personal” and “Before You Walk Out of My Life” made her the youngest recording act to ever have two consecutive chart-topping hits on the Billboard Top R&B Singles chart. In 1998, Monica’s second album The Boy Is Mine earned her major international chart success.
Monica has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, including over 5.3 million albums in the United States alone. With a career lasting over 15 years, she became the first artist to top the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. In 2010, Billboard listed Monica at number 24 on its list of the Top 50 R&B and Hip Hop Artists of the past 25 years.