Monica Pasqual & The Handsome Brunettes
Pianist, singer and songwriter Monica Pasqual is the winner of 6 Emmy Awards and several Independent Music Awards, both for her solo concept album “This Cold Desire”, and with Blame Sally. In 1995 she was named one of the top 10 Unsigned Artists in the US by Musician Magazine and Best of the Bay by KFOG and BAM Magazine. In 2000, after releasing three solo albums, Pasqual formed the band “Blame Sally” with Renee Harcourt, Pam Delgado and Jeri Jones. Since then they have recorded 8 albums. In 2008 they signed a half-million dollar, 5-year recording contract with Opus Music Ventures. Blame Sally has toured the US and Europe extensively, performed in many prestigious music festivals and headlined at Stern Grove, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, The Palace of Fine Arts and at Joe’s Public House in NYC. They also filmed a one hour concert for the PBS syndicated series “Music Gone Public”. In 2011 Pasqual’s song, Bird in Hand, was named the 3rd most popular song of the year by Folk Radio DJ Chart in the US.
In 2011, Monica released a solo album, “This Cold Desire,” which won 2 Independent Music Awards. Two years later she formed a new band, “Monica Pasqual & the Handsome Brunettes”, featuring Joshua McClain on Cello, Pam Delgado on percussion and vocals and Velvy Appleton on guitar. They released “Is Fortune a Wheel” in 2016 to critical acclaim.
In addition to performing and recording with her bands, Pasqual creates soundtracks for film and television, teaches songwriting workshops and writes non-fiction.