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Darci Monet

Vocalist/ Songwriter/ Vocal Coach

Darci Monet  is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the iconic feature film Napoleon Dynamite by re-recording her full version of "THE ROSE."  It is her vocal on "The Rose" that is a legendary part of the film in the memorable "Happy Hands Club” scene, for which she was never credited.

The road has been long and not without some disappointments. It was the remarkable Bette Midler who recorded “The Rose” and made it an international sensation, but it is Darci's vocals that were used in the film and, to her surprise, uncredited and never compensated. Darci takes this anniversary moment to release her own full version of "The Rose" and join in the historical significance and anniversary celebration of this pop culture phenomenon. She sings it with joy and a touch of melancholy.

Darci Monet is a classically trained vocalist, recording artist, award-winning songwriter and respected vocal coach. Her professional debut was at age 11 in a local Upstate New York production of “ANNIE.”  While studying at Belmont University in Nashville, she began her professional career as a studio singer and recording artist. Darci’s extensive vocal credits include principal performances in film and television: Napoleon Dynamite , How I Met Your Mother, Phineas and Ferb. Her live performances and master recording sessions with major labels include work with legendary artists such as Dolly Parton, Steve Winwood, Amy Grant and The Judds, to name a few.  In commercials she has lent her vocal talents to Subway and other regional brands.

As a songwriter, Darci has co-written songs featured in film and television including Sons of Anarchy, The Vampire Diaries, Kiss the Bride, The Apprentice, The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives.  In the awards world, Darci has won and been singled out in prestigious songwriting competitions including “UNISONG INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING CONTEST,” “THE GREAT AMERICAN SONG CONTEST” and “BILLBOARD.”  Darci is very proud of her album CD Fusion because it represents both sides of her musical brain: Rock Chick Darci and Coffeehouse Darci. 

When pressed to give a name to her preferred musical style Darci says, “I’m a mix of Heart and Kelly Clarkson with a side of Aretha.” Tracks featured on "Fusion" were co-written with Tony Award winner Levi Kreis who also co-wrote the inspirational “Go On” for Darci's first music video.  Darci is featured prominently as co-writer and vocalist on Kreis’ critically acclaimed albums One of the Ones and The Gospel According to Levi.

Much in demand as a vocal coach, Darci spends much of her time helping hone the vocal skills of beginning students over age 10 and professional actors, singers and performers.  Her clients include Tony winners, contestants on music competition shows such as American Idol and even Shangela from Ru Paul’s Drag Race and Dancing with the Stars.  She is a go-to coach for those who are embarking on national Broadway tours as well. Since all her students have to audition, one of the great joys for Darci is finding that "Mini-me or that amazing nugget who is just born to sing.” It’s a blessing that The Darci Monet Vocal Style Studio is here to joyously assist.

DARCI HAS PERFORMED IN THE STUDIO OR ON STAGE WITH:

  • John Swihart (composer, How I Met Your Mother, Napoleon Dynamite)
  • Steve Gryphon (composer/music supervisor, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia)
  • Disney (Europe)
  • Dolly Parton
  • The Judds
  • Steve Winwood
  • Amy Grant
  • Kim Carnes
  • Tiffany
  • John Hiatt ("Have a Little Faith In Me")
  • Beth Nielsen Chapman (Faith Hill's "This Kiss")
  • Alex Harvey ("Delta Dawn")
  • Michael W. Smith
  • Sandi Patty
  • Michael English
  • Glen Campbell
  • Larry Gatlin
  • Levi Kreis (2010 Tony Award Winner)
  • Gaither Vocal Band
  • Marie Osmond
  • Lee Greenwood
  • Steven Curtis Chapman
  • Carman
  • Steve Green
  • Debby Holiday
     

TELEVISION AND FILM

VOCALS:

  • "Napoleon Dynamite" (feature film, featured vocalist, off camera)
  • "Phineas and Ferb" (Disney Europe, featured vocalist, off camera) 
  • "How I Met Your Mother" (tv series, featured vocalist, off camera)
  • "Hope and Faith" (tv series, featured vocalist, off camera)
  • "Subway" (retail ad, featured vocalist, off camera)
  • “Balls Out: Gary The Tennis Coach” (feature film, featured vocalist, off camera)
  • "When Boys Fly" (feature film documentary, featured vocalist, off camera)
  • "Live in Hollywood" (nationally televised talent competition series, winning contestant)
  • CMA Awards (nationally televised, vocalist)
  • Dove Awards (nationally televised, vocalist)
  • Music City News Awards (regionally televised, vocalist)

SONG PLACEMENTS:

  • “Sons of Anarchy” (tv series)
  • "The Vampire Diaries" (tv series)
  • "Days Of Our Lives" (tv series)
  • "The Young and the Restless" (tv series)
  • "The Apprentice 4" (tv series)
  • "Kiss The Bride" (feature film)
  • "Soap Talk" (talk show)

COACHING:

  • Choice Hotels (tv commercial), actors' vocal coach
  • "House" (tv series), actors' vocal coach
  • Cheerios (tv commercial), actors' vocal coach

AWARDS AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • Hollywood Fringe Festival - Musical Director for “The Bitch Is Back,” all female Elton John review 
  • Nominated for Best Rock Artist and Best Alternative Artist in the 2012 All Indie Music Awards.
  • "FutureLove" - first place in Pop Uptempo/Dance, 11th Annual Unisong International Songwriting Contest.
  • "I Should Go" - Honor Award in Pop/Adult Contemporary, 2006 Great American Song Contest 
  • "I Should Go" - top twenty in Pop Ballads, 2005 Unisong International Songwriting Contest.
  • "Make Believe" - Honor Award in Pop, 2005 Great American Song Contest
  • Appeared on and was the winner on the nationally televised talent competition, "Live In Hollywood" (2002)
  • Airplay on various independent radio shows and stations nationwide
  • Published author in Music Horror Stories: A Collection of Gruesome True Tales (Goodnight Kiss Publishing, Los Angeles)
  • Registered publisher, Songs From The Fortress (BMI)