Seven is a pivotal number for southern songstress Monica. After two years of craftsmanship and numerous delays, the 31-year-old Atlanta native is set to release her seventh studio album, New Life, due April 10. While the numeral is synonymous with luck, its unmitigated talent that has given the "It All Belongs to Me" creator the ability to continue on with a music career well after her debut LP Miss Thang in 1995.
She's come a long way from hits like "Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)," "The Boy Is Mine," "So Gone" and "Angel of Mine." In 2012, she's a triple threat but in a different way. Monica is an entertainer, a mother and a wife. Now she balances a recording career with guiding the lives of her two sons and devoting equal time to her husband, Phoenix Suns basketball player Shannon Brown.
Before her highly anticipated album debuts, Monica performed some oldies and goodies for The BoomBox as part of AOL Sessions. During her live set, the charming chanteuse opened up about working with songwriter Rico Love on New Life and dedicating one special song to her man.
Check out the R&B singer's performance below and her candid discussion about her husband, the summer tour she plans to embark on with Brandy and ending her legacy on a gospel note.
"When I started recording I had a 6-month-old and a 2-year old, who are now 4 and 6, and I look back at those moments, and I look back at what it was really like, I think those struggles helped me to really become the person that I am because I had to find the strength to be everything that my audience needed, but more so everything that my children needed."