monique

Joined PSQ: 2010

Family:  I am married to my best friend Aaron and we have two beautiful children, Lyla, 5, and Miles, 2!  They are the reason I do what I do! 

Education: I received my Bachelor of Music in Violin performance from Eastern Kentucky University in 2005.  While attending, I had great teachers that allowed me to explore my creative side in music and for that I am extremely grateful! 

Previous (or current) other lines of work besides PSQ: I've been playing violin with PSQ since 2010. I've played with Soulful Symphony, Harlem Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic of Southern Jersey and Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra. In addition to the classical genre, I lead my own self titled neo soul fusion jazz band with my husband. I've recorded and/or played for many mainstream artists such as Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Alicia Keys, Common, and many more.

Favorite Book:  Any book by James Baldwin or Nikki Giovanni 

Favorite Food: I love ALL food as I'm a foodie at heart lol! I can't pinpoint just one but I enjoy soul food, Thai, Korean, Indian, and the list just goes on and on!!  Oh and anything sweet!! 

Favorite TV Show: Orange is the New Black and Grey's Anatomy

Favorite Actor/Actress: Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep

Favorite Season: Fall is my absolute favorite season!  You can't go wrong with crisp air, chunky sweaters, and hot apple cider! 

Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving, simply because you can't go wrong with being surrounded by amazing friends and family and amazing food! 

Favorite Place In The World: Anywhere, as long as I'm with my family!  

Favorite Hobby: I love working out and writing and creating music for my YouTube Channel!

Favorite Sport: I don't really have a favorite sport but I do enjoy a good basketball game every now and again

Best advice you have ever received: Live for today because tomorrow is not promised!!!

Three People I'd Like to Meet: Sade, Tracee Ellis Ross, and God 

My Personal hero: My dad!!  He's really amazing!  I learned to be the woman I am from him and I will always be grateful for our relationship!

One of my Greatest Experiences with Music: Hands down, contracting a string section to play behind amazing rapper/lyricist Mos Def at Carnegie Hall. I can still remember the rush I felt being on stage with him that night!  It was truly incredible and I'll never forget it!

Most People Don't Know This About Me: I am a country girl at heart!  I love hiking and fishing and just being one with nature!  It's literally the best!!