Chicago , Illinois based Mônica da Silva very neatly brings together her Brazilian and American sides, making softly sensual indie pop that casts its tendrils around Rio MPB (Brazilian popular music). “Da Silva is doing something unique with Brazilian music, following her own Muse, and sounding spectacular ”, says Chris Nickson (The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide To World Music).

Inspired by her experiences growing up between the Midwest, USA and Belém, Brazil, a city on the Amazon River, Mônica’s album Brasilissima has touches of “samba and bossa, and even a small nod toward the very percussive axé music, but, along with partner Chad Alger, who shares playing, production and compositional credits, she’s created a hybrid that’s her own, and ridiculously addictive.”

Da Silva’s single Aí Então was “selected from tens of thousands of songs” by the pioneering label Putumayo World Music to be featured on their new compilation.  Created to introduce new global music to broad audiences, Brazilian Beat chronicles the vibrant indie scene in Brazil and around the world. Miami’s Acontece Magazine, recently called Mônica’s music the “future of Bossa Nova with the face of youth today”.

Her musical influences include Seu Jorge, Caetano Veloso, Adriana Calcanhoto, João Gilberto, Tom Jobim, Jorge Ben Jor, Sergio Mendes, The Smiths, Kings of Convenience,Dido among others. She has also won and been nominated for a number of awards including the ASCAP Plus Award 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014,runner up in the UK Songwriting Contest, nominated for Best Singer and Best Album Brazilian Press Award in 2011, 2012 and 2013.

Thank you so much for checking out my music! Growing up with a Brazilian mother and an American father has really helped to shape my sound. Pretty much my whole life I’ve lived between the Midwest, USA and Belém do Pará, Brazil.  This contrast in cultures is what I’ve learned to embrace. I always try to channel this energy into my music.
Mônica da Silva
2007 Miles From Nowhere

2011 Brasilissima