One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. ”

— Bob Marley

BIO

日本語は後にあります

Monique initially moved from Jamaica to Japan many years ago to work as an English Teacher on the prestigious JET Programme. Japan was never in her plans after university but a professor convinced her that she had too much untapped potential and she needed to see the rest of the world before continuing her studies. 
After arriving in Japan , Monique was sent to what she calls 'Little Jamaica' on the island of Shikoku, a beautiful city called Kochi. While teaching at a prominent high school in the city , Monique joined a band for the fun of it and it was there that she sang her first Japanese song - Shiroi Kobota by Shiina Ringo. 

After spending two years in Kochi City , Monique relocated to Tokyo to continue teaching but soon found herself singing for fun at friends' events and events organized by the Jamaican community.  She met the right person and soon went on to tour as a back vocalist for Atsushi who is the leader of one of Japan's most famous boy bands - Exile . She also started recording vocals for commercials and singing at weddings.  
Since singing wasn't in the plans and she had never been vocally trained , Monique had to buckle down to learn songs and work on her vocals at home for about a year.

After about two years of singing around Tokyo, Monique was invited to appear on the very first edition of Nihon TV's Nodojiman ZA World which is a TV show where foreigners sing Japanese songs. Monique, although never actually winning the show (but always appearing in the top 3)  made 8 appearances on the show over a two year period. 

Once the TV show had ended, she started to release her own original music with the first being a Reggae single called 'Look of Love'. She then released a Reggae- Jazzy version of Robert Flack's ' Feel like making Love' which  led her IVY Records under label Warner Music Japan,  where she recorded an all Japanese Cover album and finally had her major debut in Japan . Her debut album entitled 'Love Songs Sweet J Ballads' is a cover album of famous Japanese female artists and singers. 

Monique then went on to release her EP called 'Singles Collection'.  

Monique's vocal and musical style can best be described as a mix of Jazz , Rock and Soul. She is currently performing with her band , Big Band Reggae style and touring Asia with the cruise lines as a Guest Entertainer.
 


カリブ海の歌姫−日本テレビ「のど自慢・ザ・ワールド」に出演し、パワフルな歌声を披露したジャマイカ出身の彼女を紹介する際に付けられた呼び名。
 
モニーク・ディヘイニーはジャマイカにある美しい町モンテゴ・ベイ出身。
日本へは大学卒業後教授になり、やがて議員になるという夢を抱きながら英語の教師として来日した。
 
日本での生活は四国の高知で教師として始まった。東京へと移り住み歌手としてCMの収録、ウェディングやイベント等への出演。またEXILEや矢沢永吉などの大物アーティストのバックコーラスとしても活躍した。
 
彼女は基礎的なボーカルレッスンの経験はなく全て自身で学びショーへと出演していた。のど自慢・ザ・ワールドには8回出演し、IVYレコードから全て日本語で歌ったアルバムをリリースした。
 
モニークは日本のみならずアジア全体を舞台に英語、スペイン語、中国語、日本語で歌声を披露している。一つのジャンルには留まらず、クルーズ船ではゲストエンターテイナーとして自身のバンドではレゲエを初めジャズ、ファンク、ディスコ、カントリーと幅広い曲でより多くのお客さんを楽しませている。
 
彼女の歌とパフォーマンスを通して、昔のアーティストのようにお客さんに向き合ったショーをここで再度感じることができる。
 
モニークの情熱的でソウルフルでパワフルなボーカルか必ずあなたを驚かせます!!
 
 

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  • Avril James

    Avril James Toronto, Canada

    Monique has an amazing voice and an equally terrific personality. I attended one of her performances in April 2016. She was truly awesome.

    Monique has an amazing voice and an equally terrific personality. I attended one of her performances in April 2016. She was truly awesome.

  • りーべさん

    りーべさん

    HELLO! mail ありがとう (●’∇’)♪ 着物すがたもパワフル お似合いですね 2016.5.2 ダイヤモンド・プリンセスでの コンサートで モニークさんの 元気なお姿みましたよ! まさか 会えるとは思いもせず LUCKY! 声をかけることができなくて とても残念です これからも 美しい歌声をいつまでも きかせてください 応援してまっせー! また お愛いする日を楽しみに ばーい BYE-BYE

    HELLO!
    mail ありがとう (●’∇’)♪
    着物すがたもパワフル
    お似合いですね
    2016.5.2
    ダイヤモンド・プリンセスでの
    コンサートで
    モニークさんの
    元気なお姿みましたよ!
    まさか
    会えるとは思いもせず
    LUCKY!
    声をかけることができなくて
    とても残念です
    これからも
    美しい歌声をいつまでも
    きかせてください
    応援してまっせー!
    また
    お愛いする日を楽しみに
    ばーい BYE-BYE

  • Andre

    Andre Toyota City, Japan

    I have known Monique since 2004 and she always was singing. She possesses a powerful voice with an equally impressive range. Her Dexterity and versatility allows for her to perform a variety of songs with consummate ease. I love watching her perform as she is so engaging and full of energy , YOU CANT TAKE YOUR EYES OFF HER. Also , lots of her interpretations of music really brings a breath of fresh air to covers. She really eats, sleeps and breathes music. Love her!!!!

    I have known Monique since 2004 and she always was singing. She possesses a powerful voice with an equally impressive range. Her Dexterity and versatility allows for her to perform a variety of songs with consummate ease. I love watching her perform as she is so engaging and full of energy , YOU CANT TAKE YOUR EYES OFF HER. Also , lots of her interpretations of music really brings a breath of fresh air to covers. She really eats, sleeps and breathes music. Love her!!!!

  • Jody

    Jody Washington, DC, USA

    Her soul is in her music. Nothing is more astounding than observing Monique when she is happiest, and that's when she's singing. The first time I witnessed Monique's gift, I was astounded that this tiny lady packed so much power. Phenomenal performer in many genres and in multiple languages. I am blessed to constantly be able to witness her talent and her growth.

    Her soul is in her music. Nothing is more astounding than observing Monique when she is happiest, and that's when she's singing. The first time I witnessed Monique's gift, I was astounded that this tiny lady packed so much power. Phenomenal performer in many genres and in multiple languages. I am blessed to constantly be able to witness her talent and her growth.

  • Joe Z

    Joe Z Tokyo

    Funk, reggae disco, jazz, rock. Monique! One of the top female singers in Japan. Amazing vocals! Monique delivers so much energy to the stage that the audience can't help but get on their feet and dance. Monique! A complete package of exceptional talent. A fantastic performer!

    Funk, reggae disco, jazz, rock. Monique! One of the top female singers in Japan. Amazing vocals! Monique delivers so much energy to the stage that the audience can't help but get on their feet and dance. Monique! A complete package of exceptional talent. A fantastic performer!

  • James Diamond Durant

    James Diamond Durant Tokyo

    Monique has become a great and very talented singer. Keep going forward and never stop. Proud of you.

    Monique has become a great and very talented singer. Keep going forward and never stop. Proud of you.

  • Liam

    Liam Macon, Ga, USA

    Monique's fire burns hot but at times she controls the flame just so that her voice just makes you warm and tingly under your skin. English, Japanese, Chinese... language is no barrier for this sassy, sultry sister. I love hearing her sing and can't wait to see what she does next!

    Monique's fire burns hot but at times she controls the flame just so that her voice just makes you warm and tingly under your skin. English, Japanese, Chinese... language is no barrier for this sassy, sultry sister. I love hearing her sing and can't wait to see what she does next!

  • David Chester

    David Chester Tokyo, Japan

    I am a professional pianist and songwriter, originally from Los Angeles and now living in Japan. I was introduced to Monique at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Tokyo where I was asked to play piano for this very vibrant, talented young woman. From the first moment I saw her on stage, I realized she had a special, unique talent. Monique knew how to take control of the room. She knew how to connect with the audience. She brought a warmth and passion to her performance that connected with people, and part of that warmth and passion came from her strong connection to her Jamaican heritage. It truly shone through, whether it be in her fashion sense or her choice of music. Whatever she does is truly "alive." There was no question in my mind that she was going to go far. In the short time I've known Monique, I've seen her accomplish huge things that most people would take a lifetime to do. In addition to her large repertoire of English language songs, she also sings beautifully in Japanese and Chinese and, because of her work on five-star cruise lines, has been able to grow her global audience. I have no doubt Monique's career will continue to grow in leaps and bounds. I have every faith in her as a performer, and I'm so proud and happy that I was able to have many opportunities to perform with her. To take a line from one of Tina Turner's greatest hits, Monique is "simply the best."

    I am a professional pianist and songwriter, originally from Los Angeles and now living in Japan. I was introduced to Monique at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Tokyo where I was asked to play piano for this very vibrant, talented young woman. From the first moment I saw her on stage, I realized she had a special, unique talent. Monique knew how to take control of the room. She knew how to connect with the audience. She brought a warmth and passion to her performance that connected with people, and part of that warmth and passion came from her strong connection to her Jamaican heritage. It truly shone through, whether it be in her fashion sense or her choice of music. Whatever she does is truly "alive." There was no question in my mind that she was going to go far.

    In the short time I've known Monique, I've seen her accomplish huge things that most people would take a lifetime to do. In addition to her large repertoire of English language songs, she also sings beautifully in Japanese and Chinese and, because of her work on five-star cruise lines, has been able to grow her global audience.

    I have no doubt Monique's career will continue to grow in leaps and bounds. I have every faith in her as a performer, and I'm so proud and happy that I was able to have many opportunities to perform with her. To take a line from one of Tina Turner's greatest hits, Monique is "simply the best."

  • Andy Kinlay

    Andy Kinlay Tokyo

    Monique is great ! Such a soulful voice and always exciting LIVE ;-) Not just Reggae & Jazz... Funk, Rock, Disco too !

    Monique is great !
    Such a soulful voice and always exciting LIVE ;-)
    Not just Reggae & Jazz... Funk, Rock, Disco too !

  • Forever Yours

    Forever Yours Tokyo

    Monique is just amazing

    Monique is just amazing

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Islands Festival 東京2016 



The Islands Festival was held for the first time in Yoyogi Park on June 11 & 12 2016. The festival organisers had an idea to represent citizens of all Islands living in Japan. Japan was also very well represented through Yosakoi Dance. Of course I represented the beautiful Caribbean Island of JAMAICA with music! 

I would like to say a big thank you to my band who is always there for me--- we now have a new name, 'The Mandala Band' which means ENERGY in the Zulu Language.

Haruka Kaneda   {Keys}
Shuji Matsui        {Percussion}
Simon McDowell { Drums}
Guitar                   {Hayato Akutusu}
  
Guest Bass Player : Yukiko Ishii

Backing Vocals : Aimee Blackshenger + Swinky

Thanks to Sonny B for filming.

A great big thank you to all of you for being an amazing audience! I hope to perform for you again!!!!!!!

第一回のアイランドフェスティバルは2016年6/11,6/12に代々木公園にて開催されました。 

主催者は、日本に住む全てのアイランドの人たちの代表として考えがありこのイベントを主催しました。 
 日本はヨサコイがとても有名でよく知られていますね。 
もちろんジャマイカは、カリビアンを代表する美しい音楽が代表的です。 
わたしはいつも一緒に演奏してくれる方に感謝を申し上げます。 
私たちは新しいバンドを結成しました。 
 'The Mandala Band'です。 
これはズールー語で力と言う意味です。 

Haruka Kaneda   {Keys} 
Shuji Matsui        {Percussion} 
Simon McDowell { Drums} 
Guitar                   {Hayato Akutusu} 
Guest Bass Player : Yukiko Ishii 
Backing Vocals : Aimee Blackshenger + Swinky 
映像 Sonny B  
当日、盛り上げてくれた皆様!本当にありがとうございます!!!! 
またお会いできることを楽しみにしています。 
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  • Look what Facebook reminding me of , 3 years ago at Afro Punk NYC. Missing it one more year 😞 Shout out to everyone who is at Afro Punk today. Crystal & I are definitely not there. Suahd I miss you 💚 #afropunkfest #crystalK
    Look what Facebook reminding me of , 3 years ago at Afro Punk NYC. Missing it one more year 😞 Shout out to everyone who is at Afro Punk today. Crystal & I are definitely not there. Suahd I miss you 💚 #afropunkfest #crystalK
  • My dinner was better than yours ❤️ Taco-Yaki & Seafood Mix Stir Fry 👍🏾 Yum ! Tokyo has some amazing restaurants. #tokyo restaurants
    My dinner was better than yours ❤️ Taco-Yaki & Seafood Mix Stir Fry 👍🏾 Yum ! Tokyo has some amazing restaurants. #tokyo restaurants
  • ☆I don't need a man by Monique (Reggae-Jazz tune)☆ YEA Its been two years since I released this song ~Don't need a man ~ 
My friends had a lot to say about this song and so I finally feel like giving a bit of history. 
I didn't originally write this song. I was asked to sing it by Robert Sterling Publishing company. I flew all the way to the beautiful island of Hawaii to record the vocals. I had a hand in arranging the vocals and deciding what style of music I wanted the producer [BluPrint Studios] to create. 
To say I love the song is an understatement because I really really love the song and the video which was shot here in Tokyo with the help of some amazing friends who I will tag later on🐝

I don't like to explain myself but I will since I get teased about this song so much😜 'I don't need a man' is almost like a 'I will survive' track . Having a male companion will always be a good option but he must be dope. You must mesh in such a way that he compliments you, he adds to your existence and you to his. 
You don't need him to feel good but having him feels good. 
FOR EXAMPLE:  Needs would be defined as goods or services that are required. This would include the needs for food, clothing, shelter and health care. Wants are goods or services that are not necessary but that we desire or wish for- End Quote❤️ I will be performing this song in my upcoming shows and you better sing along like you love ... The Reggae Jazz Beat is infectious!

FOLLOW ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA :
[Facebook] : www.facebook.com/lovemoniquemusic [Instagram] : www.instagram.com/lovemoniquemusic [Twitter] : www.twitter.com/Moniquedehaney [Website] : www.lovemoniquemusic.com [YouTube ]: www.youtube.com/lovemoniquemusic ❤️I am a singer and my name is Monique❤️
    ☆I don't need a man by Monique (Reggae-Jazz tune)☆ YEA Its been two years since I released this song ~Don't need a man ~ My friends had a lot to say about this song and so I finally feel like giving a bit of history. I didn't originally write this song. I was asked to sing it by Robert Sterling Publishing company. I flew all the way to the beautiful island of Hawaii to record the vocals. I had a hand in arranging the vocals and deciding what style of music I wanted the producer [BluPrint Studios] to create. To say I love the song is an understatement because I really really love the song and the video which was shot here in Tokyo with the help of some amazing friends who I will tag later on🐝 I don't like to explain myself but I will since I get teased about this song so much😜 'I don't need a man' is almost like a 'I will survive' track . Having a male companion will always be a good option but he must be dope. You must mesh in such a way that he compliments you, he adds to your existence and you to his. You don't need him to feel good but having him feels good. FOR EXAMPLE: Needs would be defined as goods or services that are required. This would include the needs for food, clothing, shelter and health care. Wants are goods or services that are not necessary but that we desire or wish for- End Quote❤️ I will be performing this song in my upcoming shows and you better sing along like you love ... The Reggae Jazz Beat is infectious! FOLLOW ME ON SOCIAL MEDIA : [Facebook] : www.facebook.com/lovemoniquemusic [Instagram] : www.instagram.com/lovemoniquemusic [Twitter] : www.twitter.com/Moniquedehaney [Website] : www.lovemoniquemusic.com [YouTube ]: www.youtube.com/lovemoniquemusic ❤️I am a singer and my name is Monique❤️
  • 原宿に久しぶりにいてない😁 Anita there was too much happening. I couldn't find your bag 😖
    原宿に久しぶりにいてない😁 Anita there was too much happening. I couldn't find your bag 😖
  • First thing in the morning - Boiling a fresh pot of herbal tea • making a pumpkin strawberry smoothie• walking for 30 minutes with while drinking that smoothie from a Kochi Starbucks cup in a beautiful park with India Arie in your ear - IS FREEDOM. This is freedom. #lovemoniquemusic #indiaarie #tokyomornings #tokyoparks #livingmylifelikeitsgolden #tokyosingers
    First thing in the morning - Boiling a fresh pot of herbal tea • making a pumpkin strawberry smoothie• walking for 30 minutes with while drinking that smoothie from a Kochi Starbucks cup in a beautiful park with India Arie in your ear - IS FREEDOM. This is freedom. #lovemoniquemusic #indiaarie #tokyomornings #tokyoparks #livingmylifelikeitsgolden #tokyosingers
  • Who doesn't love David ? Wish I saw more of you 💞 Can't wait to play with you again maybe at #pianoandi 🙏🏿
    Who doesn't love David ? Wish I saw more of you 💞 Can't wait to play with you again maybe at #pianoandi 🙏🏿
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