Monica Eby

Monica Eby

BandCountryRock

If you're looking for a dynamic female lead band? look no further! Monica Eby can rock with the best, and arrest your soul with a heartfelt ballad. Sounds like Melissa Ethridge, Sheryl Crow & Bonnie Raitt.

Biography

Monica Eby - Singer/Songwriter & Performer

Growing up in a large musical family, Monica was influenced by the music her older siblings were listening to, including Steve Miller, the Eagles, BTO, Boston, Chicago and Fleetwood Mac. Her Midwestern roots, where country music and classic rock go hand-in-hand, are apparent in her song writing and vocals. Monica Eby and husband Todd first hit the Omaha music scene in 2001 as founders and members of a singer/songwriter collective called “Group Therapy.” beginning as a songwriters gathering in their home. As several promising artists began to emerge the group began booking and playing various coffeehouses and pubs. In July of 2003, Monica began laying down the tracks for her debut album “I Can’t Wait” which has garnered much press and notoriety for an Indie - debut release.

Monica linked up with producer/musician Scott Gaeta of The Music Factory (gaetadog@aol.com), who proved to be the perfect match to help develop her songs into a fully produced album, with the expertise to take the project to a national level. After 16 months in the studio Monica’s CD “I Can’t Wait” is creating a buzz for a debut release, getting great press coverage and getting radio play! The songs will snag you right away with her catchy, 80’s pop tune “Crazy” to a gutsy, blues number, “I Can’t Wait.” She reels you in with heartfelt, country-flavored ballads like “Already Gone” and “Surrender,” then pierces your heart with the powerful lyrics of “Thousand Mile Stare.” Then she blows your socks off with rock-n-roll tunes like “It’s Been So Long” and “Sweetly.” Too late for Monica’s debut CD release of “I Can’t Wait”, is “Welcome Home” a song dedicated to the heroic men and women who are serving our country and fighting for the advancement of freedom. It was written to let them know “that we are praying for them, we are proud of them and we are anxiously awaiting their safe return,” says Monica. “Welcome Home” can be downloaded for free from her web site at www.monicaeby.com.

Monica’s band is an amazing group of musicians for her live performances including Steve Shirley, a seasoned electric guitar player of 25 years and manager of Russo’s; Cody Valasek on bass, lay’s it down thick and smooth as butter; and Todd Eby, the band’s foundation and an innovative drummer and doubles as the marketing and creative genius behind Monica’s promotions and CD artwork. The band has a rare energy and chemistry that delivers a top notch and engaging show.

Her recent work has culminated in Monica’s picture being on the March 2005 cover of “Her” magazine, with a full-length feature article about the passion she has for her music and for touching the lives of others through it. Here is a listing of Monica’s performance highlights: The Music Meltdown, Omaha Songwriter’s Festival, Omaha’s “Taste of Omaha”, Comstock’s “Windmill Festival” 3 years running, Cheyenne County Fair, Sarpy County Fair, Richardson County Fair, Polk County, Fremont Rodeo, and selected to open up for super-star Chris Isaak just to name a few. Monica also continues to perform locally in music clubs and bars playing well over 100 gigs in 2007 alone!

Most recently Monica was chosen to play at the Blue Bird Cafe in front of a gathering of major record labels. Out of 112 applicants, only 12 were chosen that had submitted 3 of their original songs. The 3 songs Monica submitted were: “Thousand Mile Stare”, “Already Gone”, and recently recorded “Maddision & Mission” (a song in loving memory of a police officer who died in the line of duty)

The Show:

What you can expect at a Monica Eby show is a well polished performance and experienced band that can deliver a wide range of musical styles flawlessly, combined with Monica’s crystal clear vocals, energetic performance and warm sense of humor -- will have your audience on their feet dancing, laughing, and singing along! Monica’s band is an amazing group of musicians for her live performances. Bill Roundtree a seasoned pro on lead guitar, the energetic, fresh sounds of Cody Valessek on bass and Todd Eby the band’s foundation and an dynamic drummer who also doubles as the marketing and creative genius behind Monica’s promotions and CD artwork. The band has a rare energy and chemistry that delivers a top notch and engaging show, that is family friendly and contagious to all ages! and song list that appeals to a wide demographic combining various musical styles that are sure to please the most diverse of audiences!

Recent Highlights:

2007 was a spectacular year for Monica performing more than 100 dates this past year alone! Touted as one of the hardest working female artists around! Opening up for superstar Chris Isaak at Stir Summer Concert Series at Harrah’s Casino was one of her most thrilling moments! -- and appearances at the following: The KAT Radio Station, Morning Show 104.7 w/ Glennboy and Glo, Sarpy County Fair, Cheyenne County Fair, Polk County Fair, Richards

Lyrics

Madison & Mission

Written By: Monica Eby

Madison and Mission
M.Eby © 9/14/2005

Down on the corner of Madison and Mission
She drove the beat again that he walked every night.
She saw the crowd outside the 7/ 11
Once again she wondering “ Is he coming home to night?”

Phone calls are coming but she can’t hear it ringing
The TV is blaring with the story of the night
She turns her head and says,”Did I just hear hear correctly”
“ An officer has lost his life tonight.”

Chorus
Well he’s more than just a keeper of the peace
He’s so much more than an angel on the street
He means everything to my baby and me
He’s my heart. He’s my soul, He’s my hero.

Vs 2
She wakes up at 3 am curled up in the recliner
Can’t bear to sleep again in that big old bed alone
Bills to pay and soccer games and the tears well up inside her.
“Baby I can’t do this on my own!”

Chorus
You’re more than just a keeper of the peace
You are so much more than an angel on the street
You mean everything to our baby and me
You’re my heart. You’re my soul, You’re my hero.

VS3
A voice from the other room says “ Momma can you hear me?”
Yeah son, I’ll be right there let me get the light.
Momma can I sleep again with the flag rolled up beside me,
and can you tell me once again about my Daddy’s life....

Chorus
Well he was more than just a keeper of the peace
And so much more than an angel on the street
He was everything that a Daddy should be
He’s my heart. He’s my soul, He’s your hero.

Ride

Written By: Monica Eby

Ride 2006
M. Eby

Will you go down to the river with me? Where we’ll ride.
Lift up our feet hear the rush of the trees we will ride
We will shed our fears at the shore
Where they can’t hinder us any more
Summer’s first love and the heat of the sun we will ride
Your hand in mine and some cheap stolen wine we will ride
Making promises we’ll never keep
Ignoring the odds we cannot beat

We will ride… oh
We will ride, Cloud of dust behind us praying time won’t find us.

Oh Oh Oh We will ride…

Ten summers gone by tried to leave you behind so I ride
I still pay the cost of the innocence lost and I ride
I wait for a sky that seems as blue
As that summer sky in “92”

And I ride…
I will ride. Cloud of dust behind me: Praying time would find me.
Oh Oh Oh…

Was it real or was it fleeting
Or do my memories deceive me?
I turn down the road where my memories call and I ride
Cottonwood trees and the lavender breeze and I ride
I take control of the wheel
And I tell my heart not to feel

CHORUS

Discography

Debut CD Disography: "I Can t Wait"

Crazy Written by Monica Eby ©2004

Todd, from the first day we met, I have been crazy for you!

I felt just like a fool, when you walked into the room / And you looked at me, And I could not speak / It took me by surprise, Disabled my disguise / When you touched my hand, I could barely stand / You bring out the worst and best in me / Now I m giving you all the rest of me / Right here right now, I m giving you all I ve got / Cause I --- gotta be with you, I m crazy for you / I --- gotta be with you, I dont know what to do / I --- gotta be with you, I m Crazy for you / Crazy for you --- Crazy! / I gotta be with you / I get so freak n shy, That I break into hives / When you walk my way, I begin to shake / I m look n for romance, If I get just one glance / Then I know for sure, That I will be yours / You bring out the worst and best in me / Now I m giving you all the rest of me / Right here right now / I m giving you all I ve got / Cause I --- gotta be with you, I m crazy for you / I --- gotta be with you, I don t know what to do / I --- gotta be with you, I m Crazy for you, Crazy for you ---Cause I ve --- gotta be with you, I m crazy for you / I --- gotta be with you, I don t know what to do / I --- gotta be with you, I m Crazy for you, Crazy for you --- Crazy! / I gotta be with you, I gotta be with you / I gotta be with you, I gotta be with you / I gotta be with you!!!

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Thousand Mile Stare (Jacob s Song) Written by Monica Eby ©2004

To All those who have experienced a devastating loss or heart breaking tragedy... one which causes you to see everything differently. This is for you. In dedication to Jacob s Mommy & Daddy.

Every day she goes to the window just to see her boy play / Every day she swears she hears him calling out her name / Every day something reminds her of the last thing he said / Every day his brother asks his Mama why Jacob went away / She s got a thousand mile, a thousand mile stare / She s got a thousand mile, a thousand mile stare / Every day Jesus is waiting just to wipe her tears away / Every day he tries to hold her as she pushes Him away / Every day He sends His angels just to tell her he s OK / Everyday He reminds her that His love will never fade / She s got a thousand mile, a thousand mile stare / She s got a thousand mile, a thousand mile stare / She s got a thousand mile, a thousand mile stare / She s got a thousand mile, a thousand mile stare / When the air s too thick to breathe and Life begins to fade / He is everything you need and He ll never go away / He s got a thousand mile, a thousand mile stare / He s got a thousand mile, a thousand mile stare / He s got a thousand mile, a thousand mile stare

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Surrender Written by Monica Eby ©2003

We can make it through any fire, just as long as I know I have All of you.

I know that you think about me / I know that you say you care / But I get this funny feeling and I don t know, I don t know, If you ll be there / When I come home at night and I turn out the light / Will you be there, be there waiting for me / When I reach for your touch, Lord, I need it so much / Will you be there, be there waiting for me / I need your sweet surrender / I need your sweet surrender / I need your sweet surrender / I need your sweet surrender / I know that you said forever / But what does that really mean? / Here today and then gone tomorrow / and I don t know, I don t know if I believe! / When I come home tonight and I turn out the light / Will you be there, be there waiting for me / When I reach for your touch, Lord, I need it so much / Will you be there be there waiting for me / I need your sweet surrender / I need your sweet surrender / I need your sweet surrender / I need your sweet surrender / I know that you said forever / But what does that really mean?

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I Can t Wait Written by Monica Eby ©2004

Ahh! making up can be so much fun!

I stare at the door as I wait for your arrival / I m checking the clock on the wall each time I breathe / I m shaking inside as I feel anticipation / When you gonna come home to me? / The chill in the air makes me miss your sweet affection / The day that you left was as cold as it could be / I m taking control of this desperate situation! / I m calling down heaven to bring some relief! / And I can t wait! / I know I made a mistake! / I m beggin forgiveness for this mess that I made! / And I, I, I, I can t wait! Yeah!!! / I m beggin you baby please accept this explanation / Your love makes me crazy like you would not believe / I m pleading insanity I m seeking restitution / What s it gonna take to bring you home safe to me? / And I can t wait / I know I made a mistake! / Beggin forgiveness for this mess that I made! / And I, I, I, I can t wait! I know I made a mistake / I m beggin forgiven

Set List

>>> ORIGINALS <<<

Sweetly (Monica Eby)
Walking Out The Door (Monica Eby/Scott Gaeta)
I Can’t Wait (Monica Eby)
Captured My Affections (Monica Eby)
My Little Room (Monica Eby)
Surrender (Monica Eby)
You Moved On (Monica Eby)
Thousand Mile Stare (Monica Eby)
Already Gone (Monica Eby)
Let’s Make A Deal (Monica Eby)
I have Found A Love (Monica Eby)
Its Been So Long (Monica Eby)
Crazy (Monica Eby)
Welcome Home (Monica Eby)
I am Changed (Monica Eby)
Better Days (Monica Eby)
Ride (Monica Eby)
Madison and Mission (Monica Eby)
She Glides (Monica Eby)
I’m Free (Monica Eby)
Games (Monica Eby)
Better Days (Monica Eby)
Sweet Brandee Lee (Monica Eby)
Just Fall Asleep (Monica Eby)

>>> COVERS <<<

Always On My Mind (Willy Nelson)
Something More (Sugarland)
Down w/ Mississippi, Up To No Good (SugarLand)
Break Down Here (Julie Roberts)
Kerosene (Miranda Lambert)
Me and Charlie Talkin' (Miranda Lambert)
Bring Me Down (Miranda Lambert)
We’re Young & Beautiful (Car