It's 1 in the morning and Montreea (formerly Miss Money) seems anything but tired. Her signature work ethic garnered attention in her former secular career and has served its purpose in gospel. She has landed a coveted spot on the new season of BET's Sunday Best and is in the midst of traveling to churches, concerts and even prisons. Montreea settles behind the recording console to begin work. Her eyes become fixated on the television. She gazes for a minute & then utters, “I refuse to stop dreaming and nobody stops my praise."
Born in Monroe, Louisiana, Montreea began singing gospel at age 2 and playing classical music at age 10. She was recruited to the High School for Performing & Visual Arts by the legendary Doc Morgan where she graduated with honors. She received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston with a double major in music business & audio engineering. She also attended master classes by Patti LaBelle, Oleta Adams, Sting & Quincy Jones. During her college career, Montreea interned with BMG Records & Island Records.
In 2004, Montreea received devastating news when she was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy. In 2008 she reflected, “Being in a wheelchair is humiliating, but it leads to humility.” Despite the diagnosis, Montreea signed a management contract and in 2005, was named a Black Heritage Society Jr. Achiever. She signed with Mad Insanity Records & recorded hooks for rappers Spice 1, Tech N9ne & Twitzid of Insane Clown Posse. Montreea has produced & hosted various radio shows including Mic Madness, Radical Praise, A Woman’s Worth, High Praise & King Radio. She has interviewed numerous award winning artists & her broadcasting skills have been featured on the British Broadcasting Company.
Montreea has produced & engineered recording sessions for a decade even serving a 2 year stint as engineer for Snoop Dogg's producer, Keith Clizzark. Dubbed an "underground musical genius" by Curve Magazine, she has received press in many publications including The New York Times, Chill Magazine, Computer Music, Blues & Soul, URB, David Atlanta, Go NYC, The Dallas Morning News, Instinct, OutSmart, Rolling Stone, Sapience, 713 & the provocative documentary, Pick Up The Mic which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival alongside premieres by Johnny Depp, Dave Chapelle & Madonna. The movie is broadcast on MTV Logo and Netflix.
By 2006, Montreea had reigned as Soundclick’s no. 1 gospel singer for 4 consecutive years. In April of 2006, Montreea was nominated for a 2006 OutMusic Award for her CD, The Love of Money. In July 2006, she was awarded a 2006 Texas Lifetime Achievement Award. A distribution deal with Dee-Lite Promotions in December of 2006 finally landed her CD in record stores in the UK. In 2006, Montreea completed her 4th year of dj residency in Houston.
She spent the bulk of 2007 engineering recording sessions for a bevy of rappers. Once her diagnosis began to take a toll on her body, she contemplated suicide. She states, "I would not leave the house. I could not face the world. I knew something had to change or I was going to die." In 2010 Montreea began a journey of change - dropping her former name, leaving her former lifestyle and abandoning everything she stood for. "I did not want to be Miss Money anymore so I walked away," Montreea states. Later that year after winning the Houston finals of the Most Powerful Voices contest, she opened for Marvin Sapp & Brian Courtney Wilson. She also appeared as a celebrity judge for Houston's Pride Idol. In 2011, Montreea was nominated for a My Gospel Soul Award & won a 2011 Fresh Award.
In 2012, Montreea was a semifinalist in the Unsigned Music Only competition beating out thousands of singers. Within a year, she beat out 15,000 singers to land on BET's Sunday Best. Montreea now travels, speaking & singing extensively across the country promoting love & unity within the body of Christ. She candidly writes songs about her former life as Miss Money in which she heavily promoted alcohol, drugs, & illicit sex. Her soul filled messages have become as legendary as her acapella gospel improvisation. When asked how she dreams so big, Montreea states matter of factly, “Failure isn’t an option because it isn’t a thought. I absolutely believe God has a plan for me.” Indeed – it seems so.
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Created: March 8, 2016, 6:57 a.m.
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