Monica Arnold was born October 24, 1980, in Oak Park, Georgia, to Marilyn Best, a church singer and airline customer service representative, and M.C. "Billy" Arnold, Jr., a mechanic. At the age of four, she began singing in her local church choir. After entering many talent shows, Monica was spotted by Dallas Austin, a record producer, who has put albums out for such big named artists,such as TLC. Amazed by her voice, Dallas offered her a record deal,with his Artista-Distributed Rowdy Records label. After her debut album 'Miss Thang' Monica's career began to really start. Her album included smash singles including "Before you walk out of my Life" and "Why I love you so Much." After graduating high school at the age of sixteen with a 4.0 grade average, Monica released her second album 'The Boy is Mine.' Teaming up with another teen icon, Brandy Norwood, the two put together a massive radio hit, "The Boy is Mine." She also put out other hit singles, "Angel of Mine" and "First Night." Her duet with Brandy went on to receive many awards, including Best Video of the Year, and best R&B Song. After her success with the album, she appeared on many television talk shows, Rosie O'Donnell, David Letterman, and also a small stint on Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990). Not only seen on television, Monica was also noticed on basically every teen magazine, YM, Teen People, Twist and Teen. After accomplishing singing, Monica accomplished another thing, acting. Summer 2000 released her first feature film, Boys and Girls (2000). Later she will have a starring role, opposite Charisma Carpenter in The Twins(2001).