She calls me the mean Taurus and I just call her mean! But she’s not (and neither am I, lol)
Monique Davis Cary is a really good friend of mine who takes her work in the recording industry very seriously. She tends to her artists as if they were children of her own; not spoiling them though.
Cary is a no non-sense, don’t even try to play me, I’ll pop you in a second, sweet and gentle woman (lol) whom I strongly admire.
You’ll find in her one on one, that Monique is the exact opposite of what is perceived of her from people who claim they know her.
She holds a very important position at Atlantic Records and I thought I would get some juicy gossip about drunken artists, groupies, terrible road trips, but unfortunately, Cary keeps it classy.
Where are you from? I am from New York, New York
How long have you been in the record industry? 25 yrs
What is your professional title and what does that stand for? Regional Promotional Mgr for Atlantic Records
Is this a difficult job? Why? It can be @ times, dealing with various personalities, artist, radio, jocks. Also keeping up with the changes that our happening in our industry ie research, no new music etc…
(Monique Cary, Teddy Riley, Friend)
What genre of music do you like to listen to the most and why? I like good old Fashion R&B because it’s speaks to the soul.
What is your LET IT GO song? (one that you would absolutely lose your mind listening to) WOW I just don’t have one hmmm T.I’s “What Ever You Like”, Ray J “Sexy Can I” Beyonce “Single Ladies” to name a few
You’ve met lot of celebrities, was there ever a time you had an uncomfortable where it went terribly wrong? Describe. I can’t go into details but Wiz Khalifa has been my most uncomfortable
Who was the best celebrity encounter and why? Hmmm that’s hard I have a few Barry White, Gerald LeVert, Yolanda Adams & Sevyn Streeter all of them had the best work ethics
What’s the biggest misconception about you? I am not approachable and that’s not true
What is the hardest part of your job? Trying to please people
Is it hard to convince radio stations to play your label’s record? Not all the time. Sometimes we get lucky and have hits (lol) ..Getting the stations to play new music is getting harder
Why is it difficult for local artists to get signed? What are they missing? Originality, they feel as though they are entitled to instant fame. You have to put that work in
Have you ever been approached on the street from someone who wanted to be signed? I have had people follow me to my car and sing lol!
What was the best advice anyone ever gave you? Be yourself, don’t try and compete with the rest of the world. Do what makes you happen without compromising your integrity.
Best artist and worst artist you ever had to represent and why? Gerald Levert was one of the best. He was an entertainer and he knew when to turn it on and turn it off. I don’t really have a worse I just have one that I was not particularly fond of.
What’s the biggest misconception about women in your line of work? That we are being “MEAN” or the other word because we are trying to accomplish our goals. We are just looking for the same respect & opportunities that they men get.
Where do you see urban music in the next 10-15 years? I think we are going to have to work hard to keep urban music going, this is a hard question to answer. My prayer is that we keep this legacy going because we have some accomplished some great things over a period of time.
Who do you think is the most underappreciated artist out there right now? It’s a few out there but some of these independents artist because although they are young they are considered AC artist, some folks think they are boring but we need them with the direction of some of this music that is out there now.
What you really don’t know about me is….. (fill in the blank) is that I am actually shy, probably why folks think I am mean
What do you want your legacy to be? That it was a job well done.com NO DRAMA!
Biggest regret is…. (fill in the blank) It’s a personal one; not having a child
ONE WORD/PHRASE THAT SCARES THE BA-JESUS out of you! GOD (you don’t play with him)…He giveth and take it away!
How can people reach out to you? firstname.lastname@example.org