Monica Cialona

Monica Cialona

BandPopSinger/Songwriter

Biography

Monica was born on August 14, 1985 in Kuwait City from Italian-Eritreans mother and father and she grew up in Milan, Italy.
She is a Singer/Songwriter and Composer.
Her passion for music began as a child. At the age of 6 she was chosen to participate in a popular singing competition for kids in the Italian TV show “Birimbao, Lo Zecchino D’Oro”. After this experience she gradually began to develop her interest in music starting with the study of classical piano at 9 and later singing at 12, while she also starts writing her first songs.
She participated in several singing competitions and in 2005 she won the national talent competition “Stelle nascenti d’Italia” aired on the Italian TV Sky. She also cultivated her passion for singing in various Gospel Choirs and she had the honor to perform with the American singer/composer Richard Smallwood at the “Auditorium di Milano”. In 2006 she is one of the vocalists of the Music TV Show “CD Live” aired on Rai2.
In 2008 she was chosen as one of the background singers of Andrea Bocelli and she took part in the episode, dedicated to him, at the program “Che tempo che fa” on Rai3 TV.
In the same year she sang at the Blue Note in Milan together with the MAS Gospel Choir and the American singer CeCe Rogers and she sang as a background vocalist for the song “Caragna no” contained in Tekapi’s album “Pan e Larsen”.
In 2009 she was chosen as one of the solo voices of the Gospel Musical/Show “Stand Up! A Gospel Revolution” with the American singer CeCe Rogers. The show has traveled to many major theaters of Italy.
She lends her voice to the registration of the opening theme song “Idols” for the TV show “Wanna Dance” on Boing TV and she also lends her voice to the character of Aisha of the famous cartoon Winx for the musical “Winx on ice” for the singing and the acting part as well.
She graduated in 2008 at the Music Academy of the MAS (Music, Arts and Show) in Milan, and in 2009 she graduated in Architecture at the “Politecnico di Milano” with a thesis in “Acoustic Architecture”.
In 2010 she moved to Boston, MA with a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music, where she has just graduated with the major in Contemporary Writing and Production.
In Boston she did various performance and among the most important at the Symphony Hall with the “Rhythm of the Universe” group at the show “Back to the Future” organized by Berklee College of Music; at the New England Conservatory with the Reverence Gospel Choir for the 33rd annual NEC Thomas A. Dorsey Gospel Jubilee and at the Berklee Performance Center where one of her original song was chosen to be performed at the CWP/EPD Writer Showcase.
On June 16th, 2012 she performed at the “Regent Theatre” in Arlington, Ma for the funeral/memorial concert of Herb Reed, vocalist and founding member of The Platters.?