If you think you’re going to get Monica Brown to act out of character, you’re kidding yourself. Well, maybe the old Monica, but not married, 37-year-old mother of three, save and sanctified Monica of today.
Despite the many shady things that have been said by fellow singer and former collaborator, Brandy, including her recent proclamation that “the song is mine” in reference to “The Boy Is Mine,” Monica showed some love to Brandy during a recent tour stop in Houston.
While preparing to sing her 1997 song “For You I Will” from the Space Jam soundtrack, Monica dedicated the track to her “sisters in music,” women who broke into the industry at the same time as her. That included Brandy and the late Aaliyah.
“I want to thank my sisters in music, they started the same time I did,” she said. “How many of y’all love and adore the late, great Aaliyah? She was special. One in a million for sure. And I want y’all to make some noise for the woman — this is the only Grammy I ever won in my whole life. Only time they called a Black girl from the country to the big stage was with this amazing person, Ms. Brandy Norwood.”
After instructing fans to put their cellphone lights in the air, she said that focusing on being positive, no matter what anyone else is doing and saying, can go a long way.
“See the thing is, if we lift each other up, we can do a whole lot,” she said. “This is in honor of everyone lifting each other up. I’m going to do this song for my sisters tonight, for the one that’s absent and the one that’s still traveling around the world doing her thing.”
Taking the high road isn’t new for the singer, who when initially asked about statements made by Brandy said nothing but good things about her.
“I always thought that she was one of the most legendary people and has one of the most amazing voices with her runs and riffs,” Monica said on The Real. “I think some of it has been blown out of proportion to a degree, but I can’t tell my kids to do something I can’t do. So it was just a test for me to always just take the high road and know that in anything that happens in this life, if it’s meant for you, it’s yours. Nobody can stop it and stand in the way of it. So I wasn’t bothered at all.”
Check out Monica’s classy statements about her sister in music at her concert around the 10:48 mark: