Monica Elief could be the next Halsey. Not that Halsey could ever be replaced, but the pop music world could use a new lyricist and singer unafraid to dig deep and talk about the impact of pop culture on society.
Los Angeles, CA – (September 10th, 2021) – Indie/pop singer Monica Elief releases her highly-anticipated single, “Daddy’s Money,” the third installment in a series of singles the St. Louis, Missouri-bred songwriter and multi-instrumentalist has released over the last two months.
The ambient and raw autobiographical song, which hones in on observing entitled, wealthy girls at Elief’s Ladue Horton Watkins High School, allows listeners into some of the challenges the vocalist faced in navigating the sometimes less-appealing student years that teenagers can face.
“Although things appeared shiny and polished on the outside, these individuals seemed to be living a superficial, lonely and sad life,” says Elief, a trained violinist and cello player. In “Daddy’s Money,” she calls out, singing, “Lucky you / You’re at home / On your throne / All alone.”
“I went to school with a lot of ‘daddy’s money’ girls,” says Elief. “I remember there was this one girl who wanted a white Jeep Wrangler for her 16th birthday. But she also wanted a pink one and couldn’t decide which one she really wanted more. So her parents bought her two Wranglers, one in white and the other in pink.”
Elief co-wrote “Daddy’s Money” with her co-producer, Curtis Douglas, who has produced and written songs released by labels, including Universal, Warner Brothers, Virgin, Geffen, 3V Method Records, Fearless, and whose songs have been streamed over 40 million times and featured in movies, video games, and television shows, including hits on MTV and Netflix.
“I met Curtis when I flew out to Los Angeles to work with Shayan Amiri, the co-producer on my three singles,” recalls Elief. Together, she and Douglas worked day and night, from 9 a.m. to midnight, writing and tracking songs. “Through this process, Curtis and I really kicked it off and became very good friends as well as I love his work.”
Douglas has worked with artists like Carlie Hanson (Warner Brothers), The Peach Tree Rascals, 19&You (3V Method Records), Tess Henely (UMPG), Jess Andrea, Soaky Siren (Latin Grammy nominee, 3V Method Records), Carly Waddell (of The Bachelor and Bachelor In Paradise), The Underclassmen, Brook Sample (of American Idol), Brian Justin Crum (of Americans Got Talent), and The Main (Warner Brothers) to name a few.
The 26-year-old songstress, who’s been writing songs since 2010, says Douglas and her build songs that include elements of drum kits, deep bass lines, and some cool guitar riffs peppered into the bridge inside the song—something she is a big fan of.
“I’m a lot of things: a New York runaway; an exceptionally hard worker;a continuous creative, and an unwavering believer in staying true to myself.”
Picking up right where her recent two releases have left off, “Daddy’s Money”—along with her debut song “Little Lover Boy,” and her August 27th single “Freak Show”—underscore Elief’s beliefs. Furthermore, a culmination of musical and personal experience, the radio-friendly offerings come laced with evoking, husky vocals augmented with tight, atmospheric production aesthetics.