Monica Net Worth: How Does She Start Her Career?

Monica is an American actress, businesswoman, singer, and songwriter. Her full name is Monica Denise Arnold. When she was a child, the Georgia-born artist joined a gospel choir that went from place to place. In the 1990s, she became well-known after signing with the record label Rowdy Records and putting out her first album, “Miss Thang.”

Monica was successful in the music business, but she also became known as an actress and did well in the movie business right away. “Living Single,” “Felicity,” and “American Dreams” are three TV shows where she played some of her most memorable roles. She also had roles in “Boys and Girls,” “Love Song,” and “Pastor Brown” during the 2000s.

Monica Net Worth

Monica is an American actress, singer, and songwriter with a net worth of $8 million. Monica is one of the most successful urban R&B singers in music history. She has sold more than 25 million albums all over the world. In 1998, she released a duet with Brandy Norwood called “The Boy Is Mine.” The song went to #1 in several countries, went 2x Platinum, won a Grammy, and made both singers international stars.

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Monica joined a traveling gospel choir when she was 10 years old, after showing them how good she was at singing.

After almost two years with them, and soon after hearing her sing Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All” and being blown away by it, music producer Dallas Austin, who worked for Rowdy Records, an Artista Records label, offered Monica a recording deal.

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Soon after she signed with Rowdy Records, she started working on “Miss Than” with Queen Latifah, who became her first manager. The album came out in July 1995, and even though it only got to number 36 on the US Billboard 200 chart, it got mostly good reviews.

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Early Life

Monica was born on October 24, 1980, in Atlanta, Georgia. Her full name is Monica Denise Arnold. Marilyn, her mother, worked in customer service for Delta Air Lines. Billy, her father, was a mechanic for a freight company. Montez, Monica’s younger brother, was born in 1983. Jermond is her half-brother from her dad’s side.

In 1987, Monica’s parents got a divorce. Her mother then married Reverend Edward Best, who is the uncle of rapper Ludacris. Monica started singing at the Jones Hill Chapel United Methodist Church when she was 2 years old. When she was a teenager, she won more than 20 singing competitions.

At age 10, she became the youngest member of a traveling gospel choir called Charles Thompson and the Majestics. Monica went to North Clayton High School, where she was in the same class as the rapper 2 Chainz.

Career Life

At the age of 11, Monica was at Atlanta’s Center Stage Auditorium when producer Dallas Austin saw her. He liked how she sang “Greatest Love of All” by Whitney Houston so much that he signed her to Rowdy Records, an imprint of Arista Records. On July 18, 1995, her first album, “Miss Thang,” came out. The hit singles “Don’t Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days),” “Like This and Like That,” and “Before You Walk Out of My Life” were all on the 3x Platinum album, which peaked at #36 on the “Billboard” 200 and #7 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.

Then Monica switched to Arista Records. In 1996, “For You I Will,” which was on the soundtrack for “Space Jam,” was her second big hit. She worked with Brandy on “The Boy Is Mine” in 1998, which was the biggest hit of the year. The song was the title track of Monica’s second album, which came out on July 14, 1998.

The album was certified 3x Platinum, reached #8 on the “Billboard” 200, and had the #1 hits “Angel of Mine” and “The First Night.” Monica also had guest roles on “New York Undercover” (1996), “Living Single” (1996), and “Beverly Hills, 90210” (1997–1999) during the first few years of her career.

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Monica was in the MTV movie “Love Song” and the full-length movie “Boys and Girls” in the year 2000. Soon after, she had a guest role on “Felicity” in 2001 and sang “My Guy” as Mary Wells on an episode of “American Dreams” in 2003. Monica’s third album, “All Eyez on Me,” came out in November 2002 on Clive Davis’s new J Records label.

In June 2003, she released “After the Storm,” which hit #1 on the “Billboard” 200 and had the top 10 single “So Gone.” Monica’s fifth studio album, “The Makings of Me,” came out in 2006, and she also had a part in the movie “ATL.

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She was in the Peachtree TV special “Monica: The Single” two years later, and she was in the Lifetime movie “Pastor Brown” and the reality show “Monica: Still Standing” in 2009. When it came out in March 2010, her sixth studio album, “Still Standing,” was number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart and number two on the “Billboard” 200.

In 2011, Monica helped coach Cee Lo Green on the NBC singing show “The Voice,” and in April 2012, she put out the album “New Life” on RCA Records. She covered “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” in 2013 for the soundtrack of “The Best Man Holiday,” and her album “Code Red” came out in December 2015. In 2018, Monica started a charity called The Be Human Foundation, which she announced with a song called “Be Human.

In January 2019, she put out the single “Commitment” from her upcoming album “Trenches.” A few months later, it was at the top of the Adult R&B Songs chart. Monica and Brandy were on “Verzuz,” an online battle show, in August 2020. The next month, Monica announced that she would be hosting her radio show on Apple Music called “Mo Talk.

Personal Life

In 2000, Monica’s boyfriend, Jarvis Weems, was driving to the cemetery where his brother was buried when he called the singer and said he wanted to go with him. Monica ran to the cemetery to try to talk Weems out of killing himself, but he wouldn’t let her in the car. He eventually rolled up the window and shot himself in the head.

Monica told “People” magazine that after Weems’s suicide, her cousin’s death (from a brain aneurysm), and her ex-boyfriend C-Murder’s murder conviction, “I didn’t eat, sleep, or drink. I didn’t know how I would ever get better.”

Monica began dating rapper Rodney “Rocko” Hill in the fall of 2000. On May 21, 2005, they had a son named Rocko. They got engaged at the end of 2007, and on January 8, 2008, Romelo, Rocko’s little brother, was born. Monica and Rodney broke up at the beginning of 2010, and on November 22, 2010, Monica married NBA player Shannon Brown. Before they split up in 2019, Monica and Shannon had a daughter named Laiyah, who was born on September 3, 2013.

Awards and Nominations

Monica has been nominated for four Grammys. In 1999, she won “The Boy Is Mine” as the best R&B performance by a duo or group with vocals. Monica and Brandi also won two BMI Pop Awards for the song. She won the Centric Award at the 2010 BET Awards, and at the 2006 “Billboard” Music Awards, she was named R&B Artist of the Year.

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Monica will get the Lady of Soul Award at the Soul Train Awards in December 2020. She has also been nominated for the American Music Awards, the “Billboard” Music Video Awards, the Lady of Soul Awards, the MOBO Awards, the MTV Video Music Awards, the NAACP Image Awards, the Source Hip-Hop Music Awards, the Teen Choice Awards, and the NAACP Image Awards.

Real Estate

Monica put her 6,288-square-foot Atlanta home on the market for $550,000 in February 2016. A few months later, she dropped the price to $499,900, and in February 2017, the 6-bedroom house sold for $450,000. From property records, it looks like Monica bought the house in May 2009 for $420,500.


Monica is thought to be one of the most popular female R&B artists of the late 1990s. She stands out because of her charm, her strong voice, and the way she dresses and looks.

She has been nominated for four Grammy Awards and won one in 1999 for “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group.” This is all because of how well she sings. She has also won two BMI Pop Awards, one BET Award, and one Billboard Music Award, in addition to her Grammys.

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