Currently working in the studio with Brandi Carlile, Monica shared that the album, rooted in a genre sheâ€™s had close to her heart for many years, could arrive before the end of 2021.
â€œI felt like this was a great time for me to really step into an area that Iâ€™ve always admired and loved,â€ she said. â€œWeâ€™re just getting started, but I have so enjoyed it and been welcomed with open arms.â€
Gaining admiration for country music through her stepfather, whose work as a bus driver led them to parts of Tennessee, she was attracted to country superstars such as Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, who sheâ€™s consistently named as an inspiration.
In June, Monica offered a taste of her country cadence on Jimmie Allenâ€™s new album Bettie James on the song â€œPrayâ€ with Little Big Town. This collaboration came to be without him knowing her plans to craft a country album. â€œHe called because he wanted me on it, that means it was meant [to be],â€ she affirmed.
Regarding her hotly anticipated Trenches album, Monica shared that the passing of a close uncle paused its recording. The Lil Baby-assisted title track led the promo trail and had an accompanying video. Read up on everything we know about Monicaâ€™s Trenches album here.
Last year, Monica collaborated with Parton for a charity single titled â€œPink,â€ featuring Rita Wilson and Sara Evans. She celebrated milestone anniversaries for two albums that same year: Miss Thang (25th) and Still Standing (10th).