DeBose has been inspiring women to choose “MORE,” for years. Fifteen years ago DeBose penned a powerful song called “More.” The song inspired her to take a leap of faith, leave the corporate world and pursue her dream of becoming a jazz singer.
“MORE,” was released as a single with a powerful accompanying video. “MORE has always been my personal anthem that I quietly kept in the back of my head for years,” DeBose told Black Girl Nerds “and now I hope it can be an anthem for everyone who identifies as female. It’s so important to consciously decide as women what we are choosing MORE of for ourselves so we can band together and support each other to make it happen!”
Upon the release of the song last year the message resonated with so many women around the world and DeBose was flooded with messages from women on what they were choosing MORE of for themselves. The song quickly evolved beyond a female empowerment anthem and into a movement. The “MORE” movement demanded a larger conversation which has manifested itself in the MORE with Monique podcast.
Each episode finds DeBose speaking with incredible women from around the world sharing their unique stories around a specific theme: “I Choose MORE… courage, faith, sex, purpose.” Shows will be wrapped in elements of Monique’s own personal flavor, including calls from her family members (her white Irish-catholic mom, her black dad from the segregated south, her white, Jewish husband, her adorable mixed-remixed kids…), vocal improvisation, and lessons explored in each episode along with exercises to integrate the experience of each episode into your own life. This first episode focuses on Intuition and features a conversation with dating coach and TV personality Damona Hoffman and Evolved Teacher CEO Gahmya Drummond-Bey. Additional guests for this season include Carmit Bachar (The Pussycat Dolls), Angela Tennison (Former Usher to President Barack Obama), Claudine Cooper (Get Lifted Founder), and many more.
Discussions and bonus content for each episode will be shared on Women Choosing MORE Facebook Group HERE after each episode.
MORE ON MONIQUE DEBOSE
DeBose holds a master’s degree in Spiritual Psychology and a BA in Mathematics from UC Berkeley.
Monique calls Los Angeles home, is married to a Brit, and is raising two compassionate, culturally intelligent boys. Her life and upbringing, being raised by an African American father from the segregated South and Irish American mother from upstate New York, is the inspiration for her work, pushing people to step out of seeing themselves and the world, as black or white, but to embrace all of who they are and to live life in full color.
DeBose honed her craft at Billy Higgin’s famous World Stage jazz club in Leimert Park, as well as in various jazz bands. She is a trained jazz vocal improviser, and once led a community of over 500 improv singers across the world.
In 2005 and 2007, she released two albums – Choose the Experience (featuring Kamasi Washington) and Choose the Experience 2 – and performed internationally, in India, China, London, and Amsterdam. This idea of “Living Life in Full Color” is the driving force behind her artistic output.
DeBose received rave reviews for her one-woman show “Mulatto Math: Summing up the Race Equation in America ” winning the Producer’s Encore Award at the Hollywood Fringe Festival before being transformed into a workshop which she has performed at UCLA and MindValley.
DeBose was also a featured artist and performer at TEDx where she performed her song “Rally Call” live. The video for “Rally Call” garnered over 150K views upon its release striking a chord with people all over the world, including the United Nations, who invited DeBose to perform the song at their SDG Action Zone Conference last year. Learn more about her “Rally Call” initiatives HERE.
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