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 Monica Says 'My Heart Is Overwhelmed' As New Generation Discovers 'So Gone'

The singer describes the painful and tumultuous lead up to the hit single and its album After the Storm.
Monica Says ‘My Heart Is Overwhelmed’ As New Generation Discovers ‘So Gone’
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In a heartfelt note to fans, Monica revealed the tumultuous and painful lead up After the Storm and its hit single, “So Gone,” which has seen a recent resurgence following the #sogonechallenge.

After the Storm 2003 the album really was me after the hardest times in my life.. The storm had passed, I was focused, faith renewed & back to being me…” writes the singer in a post shared on Instagram, “I lost family & host of friends , Witnessed a suicide, lost my grandmother & cousin, naturally I became very sick. Yet I still gave to everyone. Even the ones selling stories about me. Nothing was ever enough , I was lied on and drug thru the mud but never lost my ability to love.. After the Storm I sang all about it.”

After the Storm 2003 the album really was me after the hardest times in my life.. The storm had passed, I was focused, faith renewed & back to being me… I lost family & host of friends , Witnessed a suicide, lost my grandmother & cousin, naturally I became very sick. Yet I still gave to everyone. Even the ones selling stories about me. Nothing was ever enough , I was lied on and drug thru the mud but never lost my ability to love.. After the Storm I sang all about it.. So Gone was the first single .. So for a different generation to be introduced to it now my heart is overwhelmed.. My sincerest prayer is that it reaches somebody in the midst right now & gives them hope to make it thru the storm.. This album was after my test & still is a part of my testimony.. God always shows favor when your heart & intents good

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“So Gone” was the album’s first single, a commercial success that reached No. 10 on the Billboard Hot 100. Recently, a new generation has discovered the song, using it in the viral #sogonechallenge, where fans rap over the song’s beat. Monica addressed the challenge, writing, “For a different generation to be introduced to it now my heart is overwhelmed.”

For Monica, After the Storm was and “still is a part of my testimony” and her hope is that others will discover the album and find hope. “My sincerest prayer is that it reaches somebody in the midst right now & gives them hope to make it thru the storm.. This album was after my test & still is a part of my testimony.. God always shows favor when your heart & intents good.”