MONICA PAYNE has over 17 years professionally in the Music Industry. Moving from SC to NY in her teenage years, she met Andre Harrell and became a part of the first New Jill Swing group called The Gyrlz signed to Harrell’s production company Uptown Records. The Gyrlz penned their entire debut album and were produced by the Creator of New Jack Swing, Teddy Riley and Kyle West. Their biggest claim to fame was landing a spot as the opening act on the biggest R&B tour in the country… The Heart Break Tour alongside New Edition, Bobby Brown and Al B. Sure. Shortly after the tour ended, the trio became a duo…Terri & Monica. T&M, the hip hop infused singer/songwriter duo released two albums on Epic/Sony records and penned songs and sang back ground for acts such as Mary J. Blige, Aaliyah, Soul 4 Real, Heavy D., MC Lyte, Digable Planets, Total, Chris Rock to name a few. The duo went their separate ways after the release of their first single from their Sophomore album Suga.
Monica Payne continued on, pursuing a solo career and was signed by the President of Dream Works Records. After a much anticipated solo deal with Dream Works records dissolved, feeling discouraged and dis satisfied with the changing of the Music Industry, Monica packed her bags with the idea of reinventing herself and moved to Los Angeles in the latter part of 2004. Within one short year of her arrival to Los Angeles, Monica co created one the most notable all female production/promotion teams called The HONEY Collective.
The Honey Collective consists of 2 Female DJ’s…DJ Eque and DJ Rashida and 2 Female Producers/Promoters… Monica Payne & Shelley Oto. The girls called the party Honey and before they knew it, a movement was born. HONEY pulls together many of the movers and shakers, taste makers, check cutters, fashionistas, Artist and Industry Executives in Hollywood. The Honey Collective rapidly made a name for themselves and built a reputable brand to follow.
Monica’s love for music is her core drive and she has skillfully intertwined music and events. Aside from The Honey Collective, Monica served time as a young Executive for Baby Face’s new label Soda Pop Ent. distributed by Island Def Jam. Developing and managing the daily activities of the Artist that were signed to the label. She began developing and spending a lot of time with Soda Pop’s first Artist, Kristinia DeBarge, from the Legendary DeBarge Family, and quickly became her road Manager. Monica has been working with Kristinia for 3 years now and continues to guide her. She also currently manages a young Female Songstress based out of South Central LA who simply goes by the name… V.
“This is what I really and truly love, working with young up and coming Artist. I get the chance to direct and mold them and nurture them they way I would have wanted when I was a young Artist. I know talent…I know “IT” when I see it. I am an Artist, I think like an Artist…when I’m not creating I don’t feel fulfilled…I understand the temperament of a creative person. I feel so blessed to have the opportunity to be around people who are the best at what they do. I’ve been given so much…I have so much to give!!”