Seattle Alternative Soul artist, Whitney Mongé, is the best street performer in the Northwest according to the Seattle Weekly in 2014. She began her music journey busking in the Pike Place Market in 2007, which has since led to several opportunities such as appearances on television networks CW11, PBS, ESPN, and various radio shows like NPR’s Speaker Forum.
In the beginning of Whitney’s busking stint, she was approached by filmmaker, Brian Nunes, to be apart of a documentary about street performers. For 2.5 years, Brian captured her journey from busker to professional musician and all of the struggles that came with it. Find Your Way: a Busker’s Documentary was released in early 2014 internationally and has received several independent film accolades. This award winning film features Grammy Award Winning violinist, Joshua Bell, Pulitzer Prize winning author, Gene Weingarten, 90’s rocker, Chris Ballew of The Presidents of the United States, and famous Pike Place Market street performers.
Mongé‘s released her debut solo album, Heartbeat, in 2011 then shortly after, recorded an EP, Steadfast, with Grammy Award Winning producer, Pete Stewart later that year. Although she is inspired by an array of music, her raspy, sultry vocals are highly reminiscent of Melissa Etheridge and Tracy Chapman. Each album consists of the deep, introspective lyrics that Mongé is known for.
In 2012, Mongé came in 2nd place solo for the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle Battle of the Bands contest out of 1,200 bands in the Northwest. Her competitor was one of Seattle’s upcoming rock bands, Ayron Jones & the Way.
On September 11th 2014, she released the Steadfast EP with a bonus track, “Gracefully” produced by Grammy Award Winner, Justin Armstrong. During this year she was also apart of a compilation tribute album, The Empress of the Blues: A Tribute to Bessie Smith, which included performances by Jenny Owen Youngs and Tift Merritt.