Conference Speaker / Concert Artist
When Jesus Isn't Enough (But He's All You Need)
Singer / Songwriter / Recording Artist
Monica Matthews' ministry as a conference speaker, concert artist, and mentor focuses on young girls, single ladies, and adult women. With a relevant message that speaks to women of all ages, addressing real-life issues, and an extraordinary singing voice, Monica is an event planner's dream.
Monica says, "I see my gifts and talents as a responsibility. I am a servant. Music and the arts at large are extremely influential in our society in good times and otherwise. They shape cultures; they inspire and have the power to bring ife or death." She offers a beautiful combination as a culturally relevant conference speaker and a gifted, Grammy-nominated concert artist.
Monica Matthews' dynamic musical talent is influenced by her rich Euro-American heritage steeped in Greek-German culture. Her singing ministry and career began within the walls of orthodox cathedrals, and she has since graced many cathedrals and the performance stage with Gospel artists as well as talent such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, John Waite, and The Commodores, to name just a few.
With a sound often compared to Sarah Brightman, Sade and Aretha Franklin, reviewers have called Monica Matthews "The Voice of Chocolate," with a sultry, classic, cool sound that speaks intimately to the heart. Her debut album, "Windows," an international sensation in over 62 countries, mixes newly arranged ancient liturgical hymns with euro-friendly rhythms that satisfy the most eclectic appetites.
Fulfilling a life-long dream, Monica toured with Hosanna Sacred Arts Ballet Company, integrating the high caliber visual art of ballet with her vocal talents. She is also known as the voice behind many corporate giants such as Philips Magnavox and Lufthansa Airlines and has collaborated with industry greats such as Georgia Veras and Trammell Starks.
With creativity that knows no bounds, Monica is founder and president of SHYwear, LLC, a provocative, message-driven apparel line awakening youth to their spiritual freedom. She also recently launched Zygote Records in an effort to foster a safe and encouraging environment for up-and-coming musical talent interested in serving the world through the power of music.
Her book When Jesus Isn't Enough (But He's All You Need) offers an up-close-and-personal view into Monica's 16-year journey as a widow and single mother. Monica reveals an honest, real, and, at times, comical view of how single women around the world can see themselves through a different, hopeful, exciting lens. Monica laughs when she says, "If I heard one more well-meaning married woman tell me how to live as a single Christian women, I may have made the evening news! Single isn't a four-letter word and we don't have to hate men to live it." A home-cooked meal is offered on every page, and the book's cover art was prepared by long-time friend, fellow visionary, and a superstar of Atlanta's food world, Chef Pano Karatassos.
Monica's messages and music are appropriate for ... events for teen girls ... singles conferences ... women's banquets and conferences ... as well as guest soloist for church services and full concerts.
Speaking Topics Include . . .
"THIRST" is a fun, challenging, safe, bold, life-altering message designed for single women who are looking cute while secretly living a half-baked Christian life, shouting for Jesus, circling the same old mountains of men, despair, debt, envy, drivenness (just to name a few). Monica addresses topics such as career, dating, health, community, and the deeper issues that affect these areas of life meant to be lived wholly (and holy), such as: identity, self worth, trust, fear, bitterness, despair, jealousy, and female friendships. Let's shed the baggage and work this thing called singlehood! This isn't about contentment in the 'waiting' ... this is about LIFE MORE ABUNDANT!
When Jesus Isn't Enough ... But He's All You Need
An ideal presentation for singles conferences or any 'single gals' event, Monica gets real with single women and offers an up-close-and-personal view into her 16-year personal journey as a widow and single mother. Monica reveals an honest, real, and, at times, comical view of how single women around the world can see themselves through a different, hopeful, exciting lens. Monical laughs when she says, "If I heard one more well-meaning married woman tell me how to live as a single Christian woman, I may have made the evening news! Single isn't a four-letter word and we don't have to hate men to live it."
Professional / Community Affiliations
ICCM (International Congress of Churches and Ministries)
N.A.R.A.S. / Voting Member (National Academy Recording Arts & Sciences)
CWIM (Christian Women in Media)
YWCA (Young Women's Christian Association)
BSF (Bible Study Fellowship)
Currently attends Passion City Church, Atlanta, Georgia