Monica Ott

Monica Ott

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Bringing the songwriting back to the term singer/songwriter, Monica Ott uses her insightful storytelling and huge voice to create a refreshing collection of songs that come straight from the heart.

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Biography

As a teenager growing up in Baltimore, MD, Monica Ott mentioned to her parents that she wanted a guitar for her 14th birthday. Not thinking that she would actually get it, she was pleasantly surprised to find a shiny new fire-engine-red Fender waiting for her. With her love of music and a desire to learn, she figured out how to play and eventually began writing her own songs throughout high-school and college. After graduating from Muhlenberg College in 2004 she moved to NYC to pursue her dream. After years of struggling she knew she needed an edge so Monica sought out one of NYC's top vocal coaches and found Tina Shafer (Vanessa Carlton, Avril Lavigne, Gabe Saporta (Cobra Starship)), who has helped Monica and her music evolve into a style that's fresh, new, and a little unrecognizable . Monica also became part of the NYC Songwriter's Circle and beat out thousands by receiving an honorable mention 3 years in a row in their annual songwriting contest. Her song "The Way We Used To Be" is featured on their compilation cd "The Best of-Volume 1." Monica recorded her debut album "Only Human" with some of NYC's best musicians such as Joe Bonadio (Marc Cohn, Martin Sexton), Marc Shulman (Richard Schindell, Jewel), and Jeff Allen (Roseanne Cash, Suzanne Vega) and top engineer Robert L. Smith (Glee, Rickie Lee Jones). Monica's storytelling on "Only Human" deals with real emotions that people may not always express but at one time or another have definitely felt. "Monica was always on her game during the sessions, the girl can PLAY!”, said mixer Robert Smith, "No studio trickery here. What you hear on the album is what you'll see live.” A true yogi at heart, Monica plays a weekly gig at Bamboomoves Yoga Studio in NJ and continues to capture the hearts of new fans with her haunting chants and beautiful acoustic arrangements.

Lyrics

The Brave One

Written By: Monica Ott

The time has come when now I know
That getting older has taken its toll
And you will find your peace of mind
But I’m gonna have to try.

If I could find the secret of life
I would make you whole again.
‘Cause when you’re gone
I’ll have to pretend that I am.

Chorus:
‘Cause I wanna be the brave one,
This I want for you.
Relive when you were younger
And I was younger too.
I wanna be the brave one,
This I wish for you.
It may not make you stronger,
But it may help see you through.

You live your life the best you can
With no regrets of being a better man.
With all you could have become,
All that mattered came from your love.

And if I could find the secret of life
I would make you whole again.
‘Cause when you’re gone
I’ll have to pretend that I am.

Chorus

Through.
You’ll make it through.

Chorus

Only Human

Written By: Monica Ott

Why is it so wrong to imagine
Someone else's hands
When you're gone
Oh, when you're gone?
And why is it so wrong to look at
Someone else's mouth
When he talks, oh, he talks to me?

And if I'm the only one to feel this way I'd be surprised
Cause I'm sure you've looked the other way once or twice.
And I wish I could let go of thoughts eating me up inside
Cause I feel like holding back is more of a lie but I...

Chorus:
Am only human. I'm only human
I'm only human but I'm a stranger in my skin

Why is it so wrong to lose myself
In someone else's glance
When our eyes meet in secret?

And if I'm the only one to feel this way I'd be surprised
Cause I know I've seen that hungry look in your eyes.
And I wish I could let go of thoughts eating me up inside
Cause I feel like I always wear a disguise but I...

Chorus

i know that I have seen this darkness
But now I'm reaching to the light
Cause my heart will never let you down
Even though it strays from my mind.

But I’m....

Chorus

The Way We Used to Be

Written By: Monica Ott

I’ve been thinking that I
Should be without you for awhile,
‘Cause I know there must
Be more to this life than just us.

But it’s so hard to say goodbye
‘Cause I know it’s not quite our time.
But how do I put in words
What I want to say to you tonight?

Chorus:
That we need to reconnect to
The place where we started from or else
We can’t grow any more than we have to
To stay in each other’s arms,
‘Cause it’s so hard to see
The way we used to be.

I’ll be holding my breath
Until you take in what I’ve said
‘Cause your face reads like a book
And I can’t even bear to look.

I love you too much to say I’m ok
But I can’t string you along.
To say that it’s not you, it’s me
Is just an excuse to say I’m wrong.

Chorus

What happened I may be able
To explain to you in time.
But for now I know I cannot stay
With you another night.

We need to reconnect to
The place where we started from

Chorus

Perfect Circle

Written By: Monica Ott

We said we would live our lives according to
The plans that we made that day
And if somehow the course of life changes everything
We know our love won’t stray.

And we’re bound to get lost In all of this talk
And all of these choices we must decide.
But we’ll always find a place of our own
‘Cause you have my hand as your guide.

Chorus:
In this perfect circle we joined
Ever since the day we met.
And through the years
We said we’d find each other at the end.
But it’s only the beginning
And we’ll go ‘round and ‘round again.

We made the best out of these last three years
‘Cause we know that we’d be ok
And it’s hard to make a life out of nothing
Unless you have what we can’t explain.

And we’re bound to get lost in all of this talk
And all of these choices we must decide.
But we’ll always find a place of our own
‘Cause I have your hand as my guide.

Chorus

Again and again and again and again
We will find our way.
Again and again and again and again
We will always stay...

Chorus

Discography

Only Human-2009
Some Things Unknown EP-2007

Set List

The Brave One
The Way We Used to Be
Only Human
Perfect Circle
If We Only Knew
It's No Wonder
What is Love Now
Forever
State of Confusion
World According to You

Sets are usually 30-45 mins

I've done covers by Bob Dylan (Can't Wait), Kanye West (Heartless), Lady Gaga (Poker Face), etc...