Award Winning Singer/Producer
Accomplished vocalist, writer & producer who brings professionalism & excellence to music
Born in Monroe, Louisiana, Montreea began singing at age 2 and playing music at age 10. She graduated with honors from the High School for Performing & Visual Arts. She is also a graduate of Berklee College of Music in Boston with a double major in music business & audio engineering where she attended master classes by Patti LaBelle, Oleta Adams, Sting & Quincy Jones.
In 2005, she was named a Black Heritage Society Jr. Achiever. The next year, she was awarded a 2006 Texas Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2007, The Houston Chronicle named her Houston's Ultimate Musical Multitasker. Montreea has toured extensively sharing stages with Marvin Sapp, Fantasia, Percy Sledge, Brian Courtney Wilson and many more.
In 2010, Montreea won the Houston finals of the Most Powerful Voices contest. The next year she was nominated for a My Gospel Soul Award & won a 2011 Fresh Award. In 2012, Montreea was a semifinalist in the Unsigned Music Only competition beating out 5,000 singers. Within a year, she beat out 15,000 singers to land on the sixth season of BET's Sunday Best.
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Interview with Montreea
Q: What was your career path? How long have you been doing this?
A: My career path began as a child studying classical. From there, I gained my degree at Berklee College of Music and toured extensively. Following national television appearances on MTV Logo and BET, I became an in demand singer in both live and studio appearances.
Q: Can you share one music production tip?
A: Less is sometimes more.
Q: What do you bring to a song?
A: I bring professionalism and excellence to a song. I deliver clean mixes and vocals in a timely manner.
Q: What's your typical work process?
A: When recording vocals, I typically listen to the client's ideas and build from that. I may record various scratch ideas and upon client approval, build from there.
Q: Tell us about your studio setup.
A: I use an analog mixer, the Behringer Eurodesk MX9000. My mics include the heralded Rode NT1A, the Blu Baby Bottle and the classic Shure SM57. My preamps include the industry standard Focusrite ISA One and the ART Professional Tube Channel. Processors include DualFex Pro, Ultra Gain Pro, TC Helicon Voice Live and more. The studio also uses the Tascam UH-7000 (soundcard) and various software including Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Audition and more. The studio monitors are the award winning Event 20/20 monitors. Hundreds of softsynths and plugins are available as well.
Q: What other musicians or music production professionals inspire you?
A: I have worked and or shared stages with many artists who inspire me including Bobby Blue Bland (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Percy Sledge (Rock and Roll Hall of Fame), Fantasia, Kirk Franklin, Keith Clizzark (Snoop Dogg's producer), Insane Clown Posse, Spice 1 and many more.
Q: Describe the most common type of work you do for your clients.
A: I typically sing and arrange vocals on records. I also record and mix records.