Miss Money: Urban music producer/vocalist living wit Muscular dystrophy - Genre: Rap, R&B Gospel DJ
Money was diagnosed with myotonic muscular dystrophy in the fall of 2004.
The rare genetic disease affects 1 in 8,000 but Money has kept an upbeat attitude and continues to produce, dj and sing regularly. She has used the diagnosis as a motivational message of faith and Christ although at first, neurologists were weary. Money states, "On Sept. 10, 2004, the doctors told me to throw away my career. On Sept. 10, 2005, God blessed me to attend the world premiere of my film debut at the Toronto International Film Festival...a year to the date. My message is simple - muscular dystrophy is not the end. In my case, its been the threshold of my dreams and maybe with music I can spread that joy is something the body can't contain." In 2006, Miss Money's theme is "Walking in Faith".
It’s well after midnight, but Money doesn’t seem to notice. She’s just hung up the phone after speaking to superproducer, Tony Mercedes and is hypnotically jotting production notes for the premiere of her 2nd radio production and women’s music series, A Woman’s Worth. Despite a grueling recording schedule and her ongoing singing buzz, she’s anxious to shift into DJ mode and prepare a mix of her gospel vocal freestyles. Suddenly, she remembers she needs to schedule studio time with Swisha House affiliate and female rapper, Mz. Trinity. The matter of a platinum producer calling hardly registers. When asked about the phone call, she laughs, “Mr. Mercedes and I were talking about the Lord. The music is second to what God is doing for Miss Money. God’s molding me to do positive things. I keep telling folks I am more than a conqueror. “
This 2006 OutMusic Award nominee and Lousiana native began her gospel career at age 2 and her trek into classical at age 10. As a junior at Langham Creek High School in Houston, Money won the school's talent show and garnered recognition as an All-State multi-instrumentalist. This caught the eye of recruiters from the High School for the Performing & Visual Arts where she graduated with honors. Afterwards, Money received a scholarship to Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. She worked towards a double major - in music business and in audio engineering. She also attended master classes by Patti LaBelle, Oleta Adams, Sting and Quincy Jones. During her college career, Money was awarded internships with BMG Records and Island Records.
Upon graduating Sum Cum Laude from Berklee, Money moved back to Houston and began Money Talks Enterprises in 2003. The company consists of Money Talks Records, Sista Gotta Do Music (BMI), Radio 713 and Money Talks Studios. The grind began to pay off in 2003. She was named one of Houston's top vocalists by SRO and in February 2003, produced her 1st mixtape, Mob Money I, a 2003 CD Baby Editor's Pick. She then became the #1 artist on Cornerband.com, topping 5 different charts. Her moves on the MP3 charts netted Money two private sponsorships, a rare feat in today’s mixtape circuit.
In 2004, Money received a blow when she was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, an incurable, crippling disease. Despite, the diagnosis, Money shifted her grind into overdrive and signed a management contract with C. Allen Productions. When asked about progressing in the music industry with a disability, she grins, “I’m so blessed and I’m happy God has taught me how to live with this. I have an amazing friend in Him. Fortunately, He has kept me in the game. I could easily have no career but it’s the direct opposite. He has given me more.”
The following year, in 2005, she was named a Black Heritage Society Jr. Achiever and recorded hooks for rappers Spice 1, Teck N9ne and Twitzid of Insane Clown Posse. She later landed her first worldwide distribution deal with Mad Insanity Records. Past internet features include interviews with Creative Women, Detrane Productions and Girl Connex. Money produced and hosted Mic Madness, an internet radio show on her own online station, Radio 713. The show featured interviews with 3 time Grammy award winner, Mr. Richard Wallace of The Mighty Clouds of Joy, Snoop Dogg's mother and evangelist, Beverly Broadus Green and DJ Slice, Mike Jones' DJ. Her broadcasting skills have also been featured on radio broadcasts for the distinguished British Broadcasting Company.
Money has produced and engineered records for platinum producer and Snoop Dogg beat architect, Keith Clark, Billy Cook, Rob G (Universal) and Miss Keke. Dubbed an "underground musical genius" by Curve Magazine, she has received press in The New York Times, Chill Magazine, Computer Music Magazine, URB Magazine, Bitch Magazine, Go NYC Magazine, The Dallas Morning News, Instinct Magazine, OutSmart Magazine, Rolling Stone Magazine, Sapience Magazine, 713 Magazine and the provocative documentary, Pick Up Da Mic which recently premiered at the world renowned Toronto International Film Festival alongside premieres by Johnny Depp, Dave Chapelle and Madonna. The movie is currently broadcasting on national television via MTV Logo.
By 2006, Money had captured Soundclick's top female artist spot, the no. 1 urban artist spot, a top 10 artist spot, the no. 1 gospel artist spot and the no. 1 gospel song title. Her reign as Soundclick’s no. 1 gospel singer has spanned over two consecutive years, 2005 and 2006 into 2007. She has also ranked as Soundclick’s no. 1 singer. In April of 2006, Money was nominated for a 2006 OutMusic Award for her CD, The Love of Money in the Outstanding Debut Recording by a Female category. In July of 2006, she was awarded a 2006 Texas Lifetime Achievement Award after a gospel performance during National Night Out. The year of 2006 was capped off with her being named Artist of the Month at Digital Music Planet and a feature by one of the UK’s top authorities in soul music, Soulchoonz. A distribution deal with Dee-Lite Promotions in December of 2006 finally landed her CD in record stores in the UK.
In 2006, Money completed her 4th year of dj residency at Houston's hot nite spot, G Spot and on New Year’s Eve in 2005, appeared as part of a four woman dj crew in New York at Club Shelter. She has opened as a vocalist for BET comedy star, Joe Torrey, 2005 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee, Percy Sledge, Bobby Blue Bland and Shirley Brown. Money has performed at the Budweiser Blues Festival, the Houston Women's Festival, LA's Serafemme Festival, Party on the Plaza, Reebok's Lowdown Classic, the 1864 Opera House, Toronto’s Panorama Club and the George R. Brown Convention Center. She recently appeared as a television guest on both Live w/Terri Atwater and Bishop Delagraentiss Live. Money is currently heard on Sky Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Digital Radio. Her music is also heard in the US, Croatia, Italy, Australia, Portugal, United Kingdom, Austria, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Canada and South Africa. She is a devout Christian who mixes records as a hobby.