By Joseph West
Georgia native, Grammy award-winning and 10-million-plus selling singer, actress and entrepreneur Monica will entertain students, alumni and guests at the 2010 Albany State University Homecoming Concert. The concert, set to begin in the ASU HPER Gymnasium Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m., will also feature Rick Ross.
Monica, a product of Atlanta, became the youngest female ever to have two #1 back-to-back hits on Billboard’s R&B chart from her 1995 debut album “Miss Thang.” By 1998 her next album, “The Boy Is Mine,” garnered Monica pop success when she paired with Brandy. Spending a record-breaking 13 weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts, the duet earned a Grammy Award to add to Monica’s existing collection of American Music, Soul Train and Billboard Awards.
“I was 16, and everything that I dreamed about was in front of me,” she said.
The album boasted two more #1 hits (“The First Night” and “Angel of Mine”) while establishing Monica as an undeniable voice of her generation. In 2003 Monica’s chart-topping success continued when her third album, “After The Storm,” debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart and spawned her sixth #1 single “So Gone.” Monica’s follow-up album, 2006′s “The Makings of Me, entered at #1 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart and added yet another achievement to the songstress’ extraordinary career.
Even after a four-year musical pause, Monica is still in demand on the music scene. The lessons she learned during her break energized her desire to re-enter the music scene.
“Over the hiatus I learned that the more I did with a positive frame of mind, the better things went,” Monica wrote on her web site.
Black Entertainment Television (BET) presented Monica fans with a 12-week behind the scenes look at Monica’s life, in preparation for her new album release in a program entitled “Monica: Still Standing.”
“I wanted people to get a clear look at why I do some of the things that I do,” Monica wrote. “The show gave me a chance to be me at all times, so now people aren’t expecting something of me; they already know me.”
Concert tickets can be purchased at Odyssey Records, 247 East Oglethorpe Boulevard, and the ASU Office of Student Activities, Suite 221 in the Reece Student Center.
Advance ticket prices are $20 for students with valid ASU identification, $25 for students in K-12 or from other colleges or universities with valid identification and $35 for general admission without student identification.
Ticket prices on the day of the concert are $45 at the door. Tickets can also be purchased online at www.ticketfusion.com. Click on the “Buy Ticket” icon and choose the Rick Ross and Monica Concert icon.