Sylkie Monoff wrote her heartfelt song “Still Believe In You” with a romantic love story on her mind, but it also relates to any challenges we are facing regarding separation from loved ones, doubts about the future, loneliness. The song is about hope + faith getting us through, no matter what. This beautiful contemporary country production is powdered with a sweet string arrangement and highlights Monoff’s unique voice and soulful vocal performance perfectly. A treat for the ears.
Vocals: Sylkie Monoff.
Guitars: David Becker.
Midi + Sound Programming: Tim Buktu + Sylkie Monoff.
Main tracks engineering + mix by Tim Buktu.
Additional string arrangement + programming: Sylkie Monoff.
Final mix by Sylkie Monoff.
Photo + cover art by Sylkie Monoff.
Written + produced by Sylkie Monoff. 2021+2022 Sylkie Monoff.
In memory of Tim Buktu.
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. As a teen, influenced by performers such as Emmylou Harris, James Taylor and Neil Young, SYLKIE performed throughout Germany with regional country-rock bands. She recorded and released her first record for Teldec (EastWest) before she even turned 20. 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 Academy of Music and Theater.
After completing her studies in Hamburg, SYLKIE single-handedly landed a recording contract with BMG Ariola (Sony BMG). Her debut EP consisted of 3 original compositions. This was followed by the recording of her album HARBOR IN THE NIGHT (1993). She not only composed 10 of the 11 tracks, but also co-produced the album. The first single DON’T landed in the German airplay charts and became a radio hit, and two more singles followed. In the late ’90s, SYLKIE’s composition ALL THE PLACES, recorded by the British duo BND, charted in the German Top 100 sales charts. It was released world-wide and went gold before its release date.
SYLKIE has toured throughout Europe and parts of the US, playing support to artists such as Ian Matthews (Plainsong) and Supercharge. She has performed with Grammy winner Albert Lee, Rock’n’Roll legend Spencer Davis, Melissa Etheridge, Julian Dawson and more. For about 10 years, she spent part of the year in Nashville performing, recording and co-writing with various renowned 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), Alex Call (Huey Lewis), Brent Baxter (Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum) and more. Some of her songs have been added to the Warner Chappell and Universal Music Publishing catalogs.
In 2009/2010, SYLKIE released her CD “GENUINE”, 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.
The critically acclaimed album climbed to the top positions of various European country radio charts (#1 in Austria, #2 in Norway and Top 20 in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Italy, Sweden and more). “GENUINE” as well charted in the Top 10 of the True Country and Roots Country categories of the Roots Music Report in the USA.
In 2012, with her US radio single “STEAL YOUR CROWN” at #1 in the IMN Country Charts for an entire 13 weeks, SYLKIE received the IMN Country Award as “Best International Artist” with nominations in 4 categories.
In 2015, SYLKIE finally made her permanent move to Nashville and started her own label SYWA Nashville. Since then, she has had several releases, such as the singles “Like Rain” and “The Puzzle” (produced by Mark Schulman, drummer of Pink, Cher, Billy Idol , Richard Marx and others) as well as the digital re-release of her Sony album “HARBOR IN THE NIGHT”. All these are doing well on the radio and in streaming markets worldwide. SYLKIE continues working on new music, co-writing, writing, producing and pitching songs and instrumental music for film and TV. Her current single “STILL BELIEVE IN YOU” has been released in memory of German recording engineer extraordinaire Tim Buktu.
Additional Artist/Song Information:
Artist Name: Sylkie Monoff
Song Title: Still Believe In You
Publishing: Monoff Music
Publishing Affiliation: SESAC
Album Title: Still Believe In You
Record Label: SYWA Nashville