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For immediate release Wednesday, October 14, 2015
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams, Director of Public Relations    
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Central Library’s Songbird:  Monica Slater to Sing National Anthem at Race for the Cure
 
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—By day, Monica King Slater is a Library Assistant III at Birmingham’s Central Library, 2100 Park Place in downtown.
 
But occasionally on week nights, you can catch Slater using her God-given gift for singing around metro Birmingham. This weekend, her talent will be on display as she will sing the national anthem during the North Central Alabama Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in Birmingham. Slater will sing at 8:55 a.m., five minutes before the race begins Saturday, October 17, downtown in Linn Park.  

Slater, who has worked at the Birmingham Public Library for 10 years, says she was honored to have been chosen out of many applicants who submitted performance videos.
 
The Birmingham Public Library will have a team participating in Saturday’s Race for the Cure: Mary Beth Newbill, Cynthia Brown, Angela Fisher Hall, Janice Granger, Constance Gray, Rosemary Gray, Regina Lucas, Jalyn Pryor, and Lisa Smith. The team is made up of employees of the Birmingham Public Library, the Jefferson County Library Cooperative, and their family members.
 
It will be the third public performance in eight days for Slater, who is the sole vocalist for a company called Songbird Entertainment. She sang Tuesday, October 13, at WorkPlay on Birmingham’s Southside during its Hip-Hop Soul Hour. On Friday, October 9, she was lead singer for the Birmingham Public Library’s band, The Reflections, as they performed during the Bards & Brews event at Central Library to close out the 2015 Eat Drink Read Write festival.  Slater will also sing a couple of songs on Sunday, October 25, during the 6:00 p.m. performance of Cute & Cozy Theatre Presents Love is the Recipe, the Play at 217 20th St. North in Birmingham.
 
Slater began singing as a pre-teen at her family's church, East End Missionary Baptist Church in Birmingham, pastored by Rev. Johnny L. Mosby. Her grandfather, Hezekiah Jackson Sr., was an associate minister at the church many years ago, and her mother and several family members have sung in the choir. A native of Birmingham, Slater comes from a long line of activists, poets, writers, and singers. Slater has the ability to sing many genres: country, hip-hop and R& B, jazz, gospel, pop, and rock & roll.
 
Slater says singing is therapeutic, her way of ministering to others and to herself.
 
"Whether singing secular or gospel music, I always do my best to connect with the audience,” she said. “I want them to feel that what I'm singing about is not only real to the artist who originally wrote or sung the song, but it is also real to me. It is like reading a book. When I'm reading, I immerse myself into the story and I become the characters in the story and travel to the places they travel to.  Reading provides an escape. Music is the same for me. When I'm singing, I'm that person's heartache, their first time lover, their joy and happiness."

Slater has performed in several venues throughout the Birmingham metro, including Boutwell Auditorium, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Bessemer Civic Center, Wellington Bistro, Henderson's in Midfield, and WorkPlay. On occasion, she performs with The Reflections Band, a band made up of current and former Birmingham Public Library employees. Recently, she was a part of Birmingham City Councilman Steven Hoyt's Party with a Purpose 2015 entertainment lineup in Ensley.  
 
Slater says being selected as the 2015 National Anthem singer for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure is her “biggest accomplishment to date.” To find out more about Monica's next singing engagements, check out her Facebook page. To book her for your event, email her at mkslater1971@hotmail.com.

People can support the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure by donating to the Susan G. Komen Foundation or come in person to cheer on the race participants. Donations can be made online or mailed to the office of the Komen Foundation at 1909 27th Avenue South, Homewood, Alabama, 35209. Here is a link for the donation form to include with your check: (http://ncalabama.info-komen.org/site/DocServer/2015_race_donation_form.pdf?docID=11463).
 
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