Destinee and Paris Monroe make up the pop-rock teen sensation Clique Girlz.
Their debut album is richly filled with harmonies that are delivered with a freshness and authority that contradicts their ages.
Working with some of the top-name producers/songwriters in the business, Clique Girlz
have stunned industry observers with a professionalism that still doesn’t get in the way of fun.
Songs like “Then I Woke Up,” written by John Shanks and Kara DioGuardi, introduces the girls fun outlook with nods to “rock, hip-hop, bling and Dr. Phil.” The track was produced by Robert Schwartzman and John Field (Pink and Switchfoot).
One listen and you realize this is no manufactured, teenybopper, bubble-gum group, but a group whose music can appeal to all ages.
In person, Destinee and Paris finish each other’s sentences as they enthusiastically describe the journey that has taken them from their New Jersey home setting to Hollywood, California where Jimmy Iovine himself signed them to his Interscope label.
“We’ve wanted to do this ever since we were born,” adds Destinee, who dresses in black, wears classic rock T-shirts covered in skulls and stars and counts Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones, Green Day, Paramore and Avril Lavigne among her musical favorites.
“We came out singing,” laughs Paris who cites Destiny’s Child as an influence and is represented by crowns. “We try to keep our mind open to everything, Destinee’s the rocker. I’m a little bit softer, but I love all music.”
“We want to be known as serious artists,” nods Destinee.
Clique Girlz have been making a name for themselves, singing their incredible version of the “Star Spangled Banner” at a variety of sporting events, a New York Jets NFL game at the Meadowlands before 70,000 fans. Last year they traveled to Tokyo, Japan where they performed the National Anthem at the opening game of Major League Baseball at the Tokyo Dome between the Boston Red Sox and the Oakland A’s. They also rocked arenas nationwide on Cheetah Girls “One World Tour.”
They’ve entertained at NASCAR, NBA, MLB, and US Open tennis events and have opened for such groups as Backstreet Boys, The Click Five, Billy Ray Cyrus, Kirk Franklin and the Jonas Brothers, a group they’re often compared to.
"That's a great compliment," says Paris. “We’ve been blessed with this vocal talent, and we want to share that gift with the world.”
Although Destinee and Paris are clearly on their way to stardom, they are careful to maintain the fact they’re still normal teens. Perhaps their only vice is shopping and maxing their parents credit cards at stores like Hot Topic, Betsey Johnson, and Ed Hardy.
“Our thing is no drugs, no alcohol, no boys, no partying,” adds Destinee. “Except for the dance parties we have during sleepovers.”
“We’re so tight that we make sure to keep each other grounded,” says Paris. We have great parents and have strong family values. We do our own laundry and fold our own clothes. We’re still normal kids. But this is something we’ve always wanted to do. And we weren’t going to stop until we succeeded.”
That dream has been nurtured through five years of hard work, and now with the upcoming release of their major label debut album, Incredible, the girls are ready like never before.
“We knew this was going to be a great deal of work,” says Paris. “But it’s all been worth it.”