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Artist/Singer-Songwriter, Monique Smaz, is a proud Minnesota-native, writing and performing as an accomplished vocalist and guitarist, quickly becoming one of Minnesota’s most sought after talents. Her music seamlessly merges the raw edge and grit of rock-and-roll with the heartfelt, soulful storytelling of country. With performances at renowned venues like First Avenue and prestigious events such as The Frank Brown Songwriters’ Festival, Monique has captured the attention of audiences nationwide. Her tracks have earned airtime on radio stations including Minnesota favorites 102.9 The Wolf and 89.3 The Current, as well as SiriusXM Radio’s The Highway/On The Horizon, where she was hailed a 2023 “Highway Find”. Sharing stages with acclaimed artists like Lauren Alaina, The War Hippies, and Tenille Townes, Monique draws inspiration from her late father, drummer Jack Smaz, and musical icons such as Janis Joplin, Ashley McBryde, Johnny Cash, and Miranda Lambert. Immersed in the vibrant music scene of Nashville, Tennessee, Monique is set to continue crafting songs, releasing music, and captivating audiences worldwide.

new single release

"Just Like Johnny"

now available


Introducing "Just Like Johnny" - a heartfelt, soulful, and clever new country/rock song that captures the longing for a love as timeless, passionate, and at times as reckless as the legendary Johnny Cash's devotion to June. 



Let Me in

Monique's debut single, featured on Sirius XM Radio and Minnesota Public Radio's 89.3 The Current

press / reviews

“While this artist is still bubbling under the surface, her bright and catchy new heartbreak single "Let Me In" proves she belongs on bigger stages... she's developed a sound and voice that mirrors country megastars like Lady A and Miranda Lambert."”
- Diane Miller

— MPR's 89.3 The Current

“Monique Smaz was the stand out performer of the night bringing powerful vocals. One can tell that she has performed quite a bit, and has some songs out that are doing well on major charts. ”
- Nathan Ejuwa

— SATC Universe

live photos

Frank Brown International Songwriters' Festival (Main Room)

First Avenue All-Star Show at the Minnesota State Fair

Live at the Hilde with Lauren Alaina and David J




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