Move with Me
In musical terms, fusion is combining different musical styles to create something new and different. However, fusion is also the process of melting something by applying heat. Mona understands both of these ideas all too well. Drawing upon her Indian heritage and fusing it with the pop and dance music throbbing through clubs all over the world, Mona creates a hot new sound with an exotic Indian flare. With such irresistible beats in her music, it makes perfect sense that Mona is also an accomplished dancer. Trained in jazz, ballet, hip-hop, and a myriad of Indian dance styles, she has appeared in dance performances in Dallas and LA. 'For me, the song starts with the rhythm. It sets the tone, the mood. From there, I can let my imagination go and write the lyrics and melodies to go with it. But it all starts with how you move.' In these words lies the heart of her debut single, Move with Me, with mixes by Billboard DJ/Producer Scotty K. (Debby Holiday, Jasper Street Co, Cheyne), Solar City's Scott Anderson (Amber, Pepper Mashay, Erin Hamilton) and producer Shane Fedderman (Pattie Brooks). Combining a driving, high-energy beat with Indian vocal cadences, Mona uses the music to tempt people onto the dance floor. 'When you're in a club, it's one thing when a guy just watches you dance, that's fine. But when a guy can dance with you and you follow each other's movements, that's hot.' Move with Me is just the first taste of Mona's forthcoming album, which will include more Indian dance fusion along with a few softer songs. 'Music brings people together, whether it is to laugh, dream or just dance! I wanted to show all of that, because I'm not just one note, no pun intended.' Hailing from Dallas, Texas, Mona admits that she herself is an example of fusion. 'I grew up in a family steeped in Indian culture, but then I'd walk outside and be your everyday Texan girl! It's a really interesting mix.' No doubt about that. Her bubbly personality is undeniably Texan, but Mona has far from forgotten her roots. Keeping in constant contact with her family in Dallas and in India, Mona's daily life is a mixture of American and Indian aspects, from her style of dress to the way she talks. 'When I'm on the phone with my family, my friends start laughing because I'm switching between languages. I don't even realize I do it!' With her Dallas charm, Mona is very warm and approachable, but when it comes to artistic expression, she is deeply passionate and fiercely seductive. With influences from Madonna and Kylie Minogue to contemporary and classical Indian artists, Mona's music is powerfully rhythmic with an intoxicating flavor. Since she was able to speak, Mona would sing along with all the pop divas, but she is also classically trained in Indian singing. Remarkably talented, incredibly humble, and influenced by such a wide array of styles, Mona is a star in the making. As her musical career begins it's take-off, she promises to be the woman to watch, the talent to listen to, the girl to move with.