Venisha Josan Monger aka Jovie is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Miami, Florida. Jovie has been exploring her love for singing and writing lyrics since she was 8 years old.
Growing up with a father who studied music, wrote lyrics and had a band of his own, Jovie was always surrounded by the sound of music. Living in a black and white household, Jovie was exposed to a variety of artists.
Musicians such as Whitney Houston, Anita Baker, Brandy, Alicia Keys, Notorious BIG, Nas, Jay-Z, Mob Deep, Mary J. Blige, Boyz II Men, Bon Jovi, Patsy Cline and Shania Twain, are just a few of many artists to influence her creativity. There are no boundaries in Jovie’s eyes.
At the age of 8 years old, Jovie learned to play the piano. Not by reading notes, but playing by ear. Some might say that seems much more complicated, but to Jovie, reading a sheet of notes was always a challenge.
The first time Jovie discovered she could sing, was at 8 years old. She was sitting in her room playing Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”.
Jovie’s mother walked in on her so excited. She couldn’t believe what she heard. She made Jovie stand in the living room and sing to everyone in the house. Jovie was so embarrassed, but that was the start of it all.
Moving on to Jovie’s teenage years, she decided that singing other artists music wasn’t good enough. Jovie wanted to write her own songs. By 14 years old Jovie wrote and recorded her first song and dedicated it to her aunt Laura. It was a song about her relationship entitled, “I’m Back To The Other Side”.
The song touched Jovie’s aunt so much, it made her realize how powerful lyrics could be to a person. That’s when Jovie knew that songwriting was her passion.
Soon after, Jovie decided that she wanted to create her own beats, so at the age of 15 her mother bought her first beat program for Christmas. A Cakewalk 9 and a microphone. She connected it to her keyboard and it was a wrap.
Jovie had no idea how to use it. She sat day after day, teaching herself and finally got it down just enough to create what she wanted.
After creating and building up her catalog of music, Jovie came home one day to discover a wiped out computer system due to a virus. Jovie was at her ultimate low, because that was all she had left.
Feeling devastated, Jovie left music alone for a while and graduated highschool. Even after that, she tried to pursue music production at Full Sail 3 times, however, the tuition was just too high and neither she nor her family could afford it.
Soon after Jovie still couldn’t keep herself away from the music. She had the itch and decided to give it another shot.
Since the music scene in Miami was so male saturated, Jovie decided to take her lyrics into her own hands and become her own artist. After creating and underground buzz at Miami’s many open mic nights, Jovie realized that she was made for music and there was no turning back.
The proof was in the people.
Eventually, Jovie was chosen to sing at the Jazz In the Gardens Festival in 2010. Jovie opened for acts such as Mary J. Blige, Melanie Fiona, Boyz II Men, Teena Marie and many more.
Receiving a lot of press and buzz she was able to perform at a variety of other events such as WEDR 99 Jamz MLK Day, the Taste fundraiser event for the mayor of Miami Gardens and interviews with NBC, Deco Drive, UVU, Miami Herald and others.
After taking time to figure out who Jovie was not only as a songwriter but as an artist, she is now back with a vengeance.