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 with regional country-rock bands. 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 airplay charts and two more singles followed. In 1997, SYLKIE’s composition ALL THE PLACES, recorded by the British duo BND, charted in the German Top 100. It was released world-wide and went gold.
SYLKIE has toured throughout Europe playing support to artists such as Ian Matthews (Plainsong) and Supercharge and has performed with Julian Dawson, Grammy winner Albert Lee and rock’n’roll legend Spencer Davies. She spends part of the year in Nashville performing, recording and co-writing with various acknowledged staff writers such as Curtis Lance (Don’t happen twice, Kenny Chesney), Gilles Godard (Patty Loveless, Tracy Byrd, Ricky Skaggs, Blackhawk), Grammy winner Don Rollins (It’s 5 o’clock somewhere/Alan Jackson+Jimmy Buffett), Charley Stefl (The Fool, LeeAnn Womack) and Brent Baxter (Monday Morning Church/ Alan Jackson).
SYLKIE’s current album “GENUINE” is a project she is especially proud of. She composed all 13 songs and also produced the album, which features some of Nashville’s top session players, such as drummer legend Eddie Bayers and first-call guitarist Brent Mason. She says: “My main goal was to work with people that are truly close to me. I wanted the album to sound like friends making music together and having a good time. And that’s what it was all the way! Nashville is like home. Finally, I can be musically who I really am and it feels so right.”
The critically acclaimed album “GENUINE” has climbed to the top positions of various European radio charts (#1 in Austria, #2 in Norway and Top 20 in the UK, Germany, the Netherland,s Italy, Slovakia, Sweden and more). In the US, „GENUINE“ charted in the RMR True Country and Roots Country Charts. With her first US radio single „STEAL YOUR CROWN“ having been #1 for 13 weeks on the IMN Country Charts, SYLKIE received the 2012 IMN Country Award as „Best International Artist“.
SYLKIE continues to write and record in Nashville and is currently preparing her next album. A new single is planned to be released in spring 2015.