Keith Monacchio and Sheli Aarden-Monacchio are singer/songwriters from the great State of New Jersey. In the spring of 2011, they decided to explore the idea of collaborating on some songs. They had a goal in mind of writing 4 or 5 for a possible EP release. Well, soon the 4 or 5 songs turned into 10 songs and on 10/21/11 they released them as a full length record entitled, The Monacchio's ""Wedding Album"". The record was recorded in 5 short days at SRG Studios in Hamilton, NJ, with Sean Glonek behind the board and producing the effort. In addition to writing the songs together, Keith & Sheli handled most of the instruments, but were also lucky enough to have the very talented Melissa Anthony (we are.) sing on 3 of the songs. The central themes that run through this batch of songs are of redemption, love, apprehension, confidence, and coming to grips with the past, while anticipating a bright future. The Monacchios hope this is just the first in a series of records to come by this unique collaboration.

The Great Flood
A Murder Ballad

Indie Folk

Safe Harbor
"there’s an achingly pure, touching, and luminous humanity at work in this gorgeous music that’s a true uplifting joy to hear. A supremely affecting and endearing little jewel. " - Joe Wawrzyniak, Jersey Beat (Nov 28, 2011)

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The Kords USA

6/22/2012 7:06:50 PM
Enjoying your combo act as well as your respective solo projects!

The Monacchios

6/22/2012 7:09:15 AM
Thanks Richard, glad you're enjoying the songs!!!

Richard Scotti

6/22/2012 5:32:15 AM
Nice harmony and acoustic guitar work! My fav so far is "Great Flood". It's great to see people writing authentic americana songs. Keep the flame alive!



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""The Monacchios win ""Best Folk Artist"" at the 2012 JAM (Jersey Acoustic Musician) Awards!!""
- New Jersey Stage(May 01, 2012)

""Wedding Album"" comes in at #9 on the Blow Up Radio Top 100 Albums of 2012""
- Lazlo, Blow Up Radio (Dec 23, 2011)

""Wedding Album"" comes in at # 4 on the New Jersey Stage Top 70 Albums of 2011 list!!""
- Gary Wien, Asbury Music(Jan 02, 2012)

""Whatever the future brings for these two, the one thing I can honestly say is that they excel at communication and composition with ""Wedding Album.""
- John Pfeiffer, Aquarian Weekly (Nov 08, 2011)

""a successful and compelling collection of subdued acoustic folk songs, a more realistic picture of the love-sensitive than many POP ballads.""
- John Schoenmakers, AltCountryForumNL (Dec 15, 2011)

""two voices harmonizing acapella (souding like a time warped duet of Cat Stevens and Suzanne Vega.) ""
- Cousin Carrie, Family Reunion Country - ""Song of the Week"" (Nov 10, 2011)

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