Monica Denise Brown is an American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. She began performing as a child and became part of a traveling gospel choir, by the time she was ten. She signed with Arista Records at age thirteen and released her debut album Miss Thang in 1995. Its first two singles "Don't Take It Personal" and "Before You Walk out of My Life" made her the youngest recording act to ever have two consecutive chart-topping hits on the US Billboard Top R&B Singles chart.
In 1998, her second album The Boy Is Mine earned her major international chart success. Pushed by its same-titled number-one hit, a duet with singer Brandy, it spawned two further chart-toppers, "The First Night" and "Angel of Mine", and established her position as one of the most successful of the urban R&B female vocalists to emerge in the mid to late-1990s.
During the production of her third album All Eyez on Me, Monica experienced personal struggles and her career went under hiatus. In 2003, her fourth album After the Storm was released on J Records, and after an unsuccessful period, she scored her fifth number one single, "So Gone". Her next album Still Standing, whose recording was tracked by a BET reality series of the same name, was released in 2010 and produced the hit singles "Everything to Me" and "Love All Over Me", the first of which became her sixth number one hit.
Monica has sold more than 20 million albums worldwide, including over five million units in the United States alone. With a career lasting over 15 years, she became the first artist to top the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in the 1990s, 2000s, and 2010s. In 2010, Billboard listed her at number 24 on its list of the Top 50 R&B and Hip Hop Artists of the past 25 years. The same year, she married NBA player Shannon Brown. She has released seven studio albums, one extended play, twenty-three singles, and one DVD single. In total, Arnold has sold over 5.3 million albums in the United States. Currently living in Scottsdale, Arizona, she has two sons with former partner rapper, Rocko.
Her seventh studio album, New Life, was released in April 2012.