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: Tell us about a project you worked on you are especially proud of and why. What was your role?
A: Cast on the 6th season of BET's Sunday Best - after I lost my ability to walk, I thought I'd never get a big opportunity. I was wrong. Now I believe I still have a shot at my dream.
Q: What are you working on at the moment?
A: A mixtape, Tranformer and a book, My Escape From Sodom
Q: What's your 'promise' to your clients?
A: To be professional and to deliver my best.
Q: What do you like most about your job?
A: Music allows me to breathe and dream. I love to dream.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: Soulful, back of the woods Louisiana church style singing
Q: Which artist would you like to work with and why?
A: Bloodpop - love his innovative production techniques!
Q: Is there anyone on SoundBetter you know and would recommend to your clients?
A: Just joined site but hoping to network.
Q: Analog or digital and why?
A: Digital - it's faster.
Q: What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?
A: How much do I charge? My answer - what's your budget?
Q: What's the biggest misconception about what you do?
A: It's easy and only requires Autotune.
Q: What questions do you ask prospective clients?
A: What emotions are you attempting to portray with the project? What is your budget? What styles do you like and dislikee?
Q: What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?
A: You get what you pay for.
Q: If you were on a desert island and could take just 5 pieces of gear, what would they be?
A: Avalon, AKG 414, Ableton Push 2, Vintech, VocAlign Pro
Q: What type of music do you usually work on?
A: Gospel and R&B
Q: What's your strongest skill?
A: My faith and work ethic...
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. I was crippled a few years ago and I am working fervently to be taken seriously again. I can't walk but I can sing.
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.