A young voice from an old soul -- meet Monica Rocha, a Latina artist whose sound transforms echoes of the past into the present. Her musical roots are a reflection of her Inland Empire upbringing and the Southern California culture of warm summer nights and soulful sounds. “Cruise nights and car shows – that’s what I surround myself with,” she says. “Growing up with classic cars and classic music gave me the best of both possible worlds.”
Among her influences, Monica counts The Temptations, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Marvin Gaye and Tammy Terrell. Her single debut, “Laughing Boy,” from her forthcoming EP, revisits a 1963 song recorded by Mary Wells and written by Smokey Robinson, with a new spin and historic echoes.
In live venues, Monica is a featured vocalist with the B.B. Wolf band, a close group of family friends whom she has known all her life. Against the band’s sonic backdrop of horn-heavy arrangements, Monica has developed a potent crowd-pleasing velocity. Surprisingly, given her command of the stage, she confesses that she used to fear the spotlight. “I had stage fright for a very long time and didn’t think I was good enough, but one day I decided to take the risk. People were coming up to afterwards. There had never been a girl in their band before, so it was good for them, and good for me,” she says.
Like many emerging young artists, Monica began posting solo clips of her performances on Instagram. When the clips went viral, she came to the attention of Joyas Musicales/Silent Giant Entertainment who signed her to an exclusive recording deal.
With a cross-generational audience that ranges from young people just discovering classic music to low-riders who grew up with it, Monica Rocha is an authentic voice that connects past to present to future. “I’m loving it,” she says of her expanding musical career. “I never would have thought that this could happen. I was doing something that I love and I hope it goes from here: it truly is an amazing dream.”