Singer, songwriter and actress, Kelly Monrow is a woman of many talents…being unapologetically authentic is one of them.
Don’t consider that a talent? Then you haven’t been in the entertainment industry for long. Hell, you haven’t been in society for long. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, this industry is over-saturated. There is only room for everyone if everyone is authentically themselves, and most are not.
Kelly Monrow, however, is emerging as a fiery artist brazen enough to give permission to young women across the globe to embrace who they are. Not the made-up version of themselves, but the messy, inner-child that hasn’t yet learned to force herself into an impossible societal mold.
Monrow is no stranger to following her art into different roles as an actress on American Crime Story, Lucifer, and Billions, and now she is following her inner child.
Making the move from acting to music is not uncommon, what is though, is the path Kelly Monrow follow followed to get there.
During the 2020 pandemic, Monrow found herself quarantined in her apartment in Manhattan, and on one particular day, she decided to indulge in a chocolate mushroom. The psychedelic trip lead to her sitting beside that inner child who then innocently said, “I really want to sing.” That was all the permission Monrow needed to start her journey of singing and songwriting.
“I PROMISEd MYSELF THAT NIGHT WHEN I GOT UP OFF OF THE FLOOR, ‘I’M GOING TO DO THIS.’ “
As a child, she never focused on music, that was her brother’s forté. For years Kelly would hear him practicing in the next room, not realizing that the countless hours she spent listening to him play would begin to train her ear to music, serving as a secondhand school of sound. So when it was time to follow her musical path, Monrow was more than ready.
Her debut album “Scars of Venus” serves as the musical alignment of all of those stars. The album boasts 12 songs about her personal journey, from childhood wounds all the way through to marrying someone young, and divorcing. “It’s kind of this whole emancipation process of stepping into womanhood for me and finding my voice,” Monrow told Bridge, “It’s about finding my strength and what it really means to be strong. For me, it’s staying. I used to run a lot and quit so for me, my strength is sticking around.”
“Scars of Venus” showcases Monrow’s powerful voice and lyrical prowess to cement her as a force to be reckoned with both in sound and in heart.
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