ATLANTA — The confines from which to listen to gorgeous and flawless chanteuse Monica Brown’s eighth studio album was darn near claustrophobic. But Monica’s provided an antidote in the form of her new music, Code RED, that spilled out of those speakers induced a sense of serenity into the overpacked Patchwerk studios, the famous musical bunker where Monica and producer Polo da Don produced sonic magic.
Many of Atlanta’s urban sophisticates, musical tastemakers, media, and DJs spilled into Patchwerk Recording Studio to preview the album before it hits stores on September 18, 2015.
Monica was fortified with a cadre of family, friends and musical contemporaries, including husband, NBA player Shannon Brown, rapper Young Jeezy and chart topping music producer Polow Da Don, who orchestrated the album with Monica.
Also in the house was “Art Behind The Tape” co-author DJ Mars, “Never Sold Dope” Maven Brand CEO Keinon Johnson and many more.
Although Monica advised the throngs of music aficionados in the house that the album still needed some “touching up,” there were gems that rocked the world-famous studio, including the title track to Code RED, a mean-mugging dance anthem that had folks dancing in place.
“Suga” was also a powerful cut from the woman who began her career 20 years ago as a teen from the ATL and is still repping strong. “Ocean of Tears” was also a poignant tale of a song about heartbreak that reverberated throughout this upscale studio.
Take a look at some of the photo highlights from the event:
(Photos and story by Terry Shropshire for Atlanta Daily World and Real Times Media.)