Kim Monroe and Mark Doyle co-wrote nine of the eleven tracks on the new CD. Mark Doyle whose credits include, New Kids on the Block, Bryan Adams, and many more, produced the CD. Just having finished her freshman year at Niagara University, Kim was honored to be in the final five of a Niagara Idol singing competition. Considered one of Central New York's top local bands by WNTQ, Kim was thrilled to perform at the 25th Annual Coors Light Balloon Festival. In June 2004 Kim was honored to be nominated for a SAMMY, (Syracuse Area Music Award). Among hundreds of entries, Kim's previously released three song EP was selected as one of the Top Five in her category. TAXI A&R reviewer says the following about 'No Concern', '...I hear a bunch of songs here at TAXI and it's quite refreshing when I come across on that has some serious potential. Your voice is real good and you bring it to the table in a most professional way. I think it's safe to say, you have a very good chance of doing music as a career and that is something I feel you're real serious about just by reviewing your package and song.' Nathan Turk, music editor from the Syracuse New Times writes, 'Kim Monroe missed Motown's heyday by a couple decades, but she still covers a mean 'Neither One of Us' on her forthcoming debut disc. Replete with vintage guitar funk and sultry harmonies, the Gladys Knight hit sits uncannily well next to her diverse originals'. The release of last years three song EP garnered critical acclaim. Mark Bialczak, from the Post Standard writes, 'Cazenovia teenager Kim Monroe has a voice full of promise'. Big Mike from Sunny-102 Radio writes, 'Kim Monroe is going to be a star. What talent: strong vocals, knockout looks, she even writes great tunes! She's got it all, and soon the rest of the world will know it!' In appraising her live performance, Bialczak also wrote, 'Kim Monroe, a 17 year old from Cazenovia, delivered sass and wisdom beyond her years.' Doyle concurs. 'There's a lot of old school R&B in her style, even though she has not really listened to a lot of older records. It just seems to be there, and no one really knows where it comes from. But there is an emotional resonance in what she sings that crosses generational barriers.' Kim sums up her feelings with this, 'It is quite possibly the best feeling in the world to do something you love and have someone else love what you do. This whole experience has been amazing'. With a new band, a new CD and several summer performances, Kim is ready to follow the dream she's had since she was a little girl. Watch out for Kim Monroe!
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