Welcome. Here is my story.
It’s personal. It’s real. It’s evolving.
I knew I was a performer when I was 7 years old.
It’s taken me close to three decades to own who I truly am. I grew up in a home where traditional education was king. My dad felt education was his saving grace being a poor, black boy from North Carolina. My mom also found her freedom in education — being the first daughter of an Irish Catholic family that didn’t believe in higher education for their daughter. Education represented freedom and the path to success in my family.
To me traditional education was a trap
A road that led somewhere I didn’t want to go
It was something I knew I was supposed to do from a very young age, but getting a B.A. in Applied Mathematics didn’t turn out to be my road to freedom. It was, in fact, the opposite.
I’ve wanted to be on a stage for as long as I can remember. I choreographed performances on my roller skates in my back yard to my favorite records. I’d spend hours gliding on the concrete imagining I was entertaining the masses. I knew I was meant for the stage when I coerced all the neighborhood kids to be in my backyard production of Peter Pan, the musical.
The worse thing I’ve found for myself in this life is knowing what you’re here for and then being directed to do everything opposite that dream in the name of security, being realistic and common sense
These three things are death to me
I’ve spent the better part of my adult life reversing the code that was programmed into me.
My music, and my life, is about personal freedom.
It’s about having the most fun possible, taking the biggest risks my heart can stand and delving into the deepest parts of myself to uncover all of who I am. I’ve lived so long hiding my heart’s desire; now my road to freedom is embracing every part of me.
I LOVE HELPING OTHERS FIND THEIR OWN PATH TO FREEDOM
Self expression is the key to true living. And helping people access the deepest part of them, the place where they can give voice to who they truly are and what they’ve come here to contribute, is the cornerstone of my coaching practice. I love working with performers, and people of all walks of life, who need support and a safe space to practice freedom to begin showing up for their real life.
I’ve traveled the world as an ambassador of our great American pastime — not baseball — Jazz. I’ve sung in countries where people couldn’t understand the lyrics, but could feel my soul. I’ve entertained oil tycoons, government ambassadors, desperate housewives, call girls (and I’m pretty sure a few drug dealers!)
All of this to say, I am just now arriving.
Arriving at that place of owning all of who I am. The brilliant and the insecure. The confident and the terrified. The creative mind and the cog in the machine.
Who am I?
I’m a mother. A wife. A lover. A muse. A tyrant. A bull shit-er. A dazzler.
A conduit. A voice.
With everything to say.
Monique DeBose, M.A., is a gifted facilitator, Wholistic Voice Coach and music educator in the field of creative vocal improvisation. She began teaching vocal improv workshops in 2009 after studying with Rhiannon and Joey Blake of the renowned Bobby McFerrin Voicestra. She now leads an international community of over 460 vocal artists and students in the United States and Europe, teaching the art of vocal improvisation in workshops held in Phoenix, Los Angeles, New York City, Amsterdam, San Juan, and London. Monique holds a masters in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, a B.A. in Applied Mathematics from U.C. Berkley, and is also an accomplished singer-songwriter with two albums to her credit: the 2005 release of her debut LP “Choose The Experience: Vol. 1: Ready For Love”; and her 2006 sophomore release “Choose The Experience Vol. 2: Closer.” Monique has toured throughout Europe, India and Asia and currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband Rich and their son Kaleo Rex.