Two-time GRAMMY-nominated vocalist Monica Mancini, daughter of famed film composer Henry Mancini, has carved out an impressive career as a concert performer, appearing with major symphony orchestras worldwide, including the Chicago Symphony, New York Pops, Boston Pops, Dallas Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and the London Metropolitan Orchestra.
She began singing early on as a member of the Henry Mancini Chorus, which led to a successful career in the Los Angeles studios, where she appeared on countless film scores and recordings with such notable artists as Placido Domingo and Quincy Jones. Her debut CD, simply titled Monica Mancini, was the companion to her PBS television special, "Monica Mancini: On Record."
In 2010, Monica released her fifth album, I’ve Loved These Days, a collection of classic ‘60s songs, featuring collaborations with Stevie Wonder, Brian Wilson, Jackson Browne, and Take 6, arranged for full orchestra.
To celebrate the release of the USPS Henry Mancini Commemorative Postage Stamp, Monica kicked off an extensive 60-city tour, followed by sold-out concerts at Carnegie Hall, Disney Hall, Boston Symphony Hall, and Tanglewood with John Williams and the Boston Pops.
The New York Times has described Mancini’s rich, expressive voice as “the glamorous vocal equivalent to diamonds flashing.” On her approach to interpreting a song, she says, “I always keep in mind the composer’s intention because I believe melodies and lyrics are crafted with a definite purpose. I want to bring out the beauty of the writer’s word through music.”
Composer John Williams writes: “Monica Mancini brings her talent, musicality and most of all, love to the music, and proves that the passage of musical genes didn’t stop with the Bachs, Strausses or Ellingtons!”
Learn more about Monica at her website.
Monica Mancini performs with the Cape Symphony in Mancini at the Movies, October 12 and 13, 2019.