Monica Denise Arnold (born October 24, 1980), professionally known as Monica, is a Grammy Award winning American R&B singer who first attained commercial success in the 1990s and, after a relatively unsuccessful period during the early 2000s, saw her career experience a second wind of modest popularity in 2003. She has gone on to sell over 14 million singles and albums worldwide.
Monica was born in Oak Park, a division of Atlanta, Georgia. She is the eldest child of Marilyn Best, a former church singer and Delta Air Lines customer service representative, and M.C. Arnold Junior, a mechanic, working for an Atlanta freight company. She has one brother named Montez (born 1983), and two maternal half-brothers, Tron and Cypress.
At the age of two Arnold followed her mother's reputation with regular performances in public at the Jones Chapel United Methodist Church. While growing up in the modest circumstances of a single-parent home, after her parent's separation in 1984 and their divorce in 1987, Monica continued training herself in singing. She became the youngest member of Charles Thompson and the Majestics, a traveling gospel choir, by the time she was 10. Monica also became a frequent talent show contestant, winning over 20 local singing competitions throughout her early teenage years.
For more information about her singles, albums, and certifications, see Monica discography.