Singer, songwriter, producer Sylkie Monoff may have been born in Germany, but her heart and soul have always had a strong connection to the USA.
Influenced by performers such as Emmylou Harris, James Taylor and Neil Young, as a teen Sylkie performed throughout Germany. She recorded and released her first record for Teldec. After marginal success she decided to sharpen her writing skills and therefore focused on producing songs in her 8-track studio. Shortly thereafter, she was accepted to attend the Pop Music Program at the prestigious Hamburg Musikhochschule. After completing her studies in Hamburg, Sylkie single-handedly landed a recording contract with BMG Ariola. Her debut EP consisted of 3 original compositions. This was followed by the recording of her album 'Harbor in the Night'. She not only composed 10 of the 11 compositions, but also co-produced the album. The first single 'Don't' landed in the German charts and two more singles followed.
In 1997 Sylkie's composition 'All the places' was recorded by the British band BND and charted in the German Top 100. It was released world-wide and went gold. In 1998, 2000, and 2003 Sylkie was awarded a Certificate of Achievement by Unisong for her songs 'Take It Slow', 'Still Here', 'The Puzzle', and 'Where My River Runs'.
Sylkie Monoff has toured throughout Europe playing support to artists such as Ian Matthews (Plainsong) and Supercharge and has performed with Julian Dawson and Grammy award winner Albert Lee. She also conducts singing and business workshops (e.g. at the annual Euro-Rock Festival in Germany) and has, among others, vocal-coached young U.S. actor Coltin Scott (General Hospital). Sylkie is head of the vocal department of Drummers Institute and she also is the official German translator for Mel Bay Music Publications. She spends part of the year in Nashville performing and co-writing with various acknowledged staff writers such as Curtis Lance (Don't Happen Twice/Kenny Chesney), Gilles Goddard (Patty Loveless, Terri Clark,Tracy Byrd, Ricky Skaggs, Blackhawk), Grammy-Award winner Don Rollins (It's 5 o'Clock Somewhere/Alan Jackson + Jimmy Buffett), Charley Stefl (The Fool/LeeAnn Womack, Garth Brooks, George Jones), Tim Krekel (Aaron Tippin, Chrystal Gayle, Martina McBride), and Jamie Richards. +++++++++ Sylkie is currently finishing up the work of her forthcoming album GENUINE in Nashville. Among the musicians in her band are Eddie Bayers (drums), Brent Mason (e-guitar), Bruce Bouton (dobro, pedal steel) and Danny Parks (acoustic guitar, mandolin). She says: “Nashville is like home. For the first time in my life, I can be musically who I really am.”
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