Roanne Monte began her singing career at thirteen by beating out hundreds of contestants in the state-wide competition, Let Them Shine, sponsored by the Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Furthering her training at Sydney’s Actor’s Centre and later coached at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) in London, she co-headlined with Olivia Newton-John and Peter Allen at Sydney Entertainment Centre’s 12,000-seat venue before His Royal Highness Prince Edward of England. At the age of sixteen, she played the role of ‘Princess Tuptim’ in the Australian national tour of Roger and Hammerstein’s The King & I under Tony-nominated director, Christopher Renshaw. Shortly thereafter–dubbed by The Sydney Morning Herald as the girl with “enormous charm and lungs of steel,” she played the lead role of ‘Kim’ in London’s West End production of Miss Saigon, working with acclaimed director Nicholas Hytner.
During her time in London, Roanne sang the part of Jesus Christ Superstar’s ‘Mary’ for the BBC concert production, West End Praise. She then began songwriting with Grammy Award-winning artist Chaka Khan and songwriter-producer Dave Stewart (of Eurythmics fame). Continuing her vocal training, she was coached by Mary Hammond of the Royal Academy of Music and Grammy-nominated gospel/jazz vocalist and pianist, Howard McCrary, whose works include vocal performances and arrangements for Chaka Khan, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones. She was a celebrity model in the special projects division of Premier Model Management in London and Elite Model Management in New York, was featured in Vogue Australia, and has been photographed by esteemed photographers, Sage, Russel Wong, and Antoine Verglas. Other media feature appearances include – Australia and Asia-Pacific: Marie Claire, MTV Asia, Fashion Unlimited, WHO Weekly, Daily Telegraph, Sydney Morning Herald, Midday Show, Tonight Show and Radio 2UE. In the UK and Europe: The Evening Standard, Cutting Edge, Telegraph (Holland), BBC, GMTV, Sky Europe and London Tonight.
While in Singapore, she performed for President Ong and the First Lady for the nonprofit Community Chest, co-headlining the two-thousand-per-seat event that raised $1MM. She then co-wrote the theme song for the Partnership-for-a-Drug-Free Singapore performing for MTV Asia at Suntec City’s 5,000-seat venue, co-headlining with Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter, Lisa Loeb.
Now based in New York, she continued her training with world-renowned voice coach, Maestro William Riley, whose clients include Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, and President Bill Clinton. Under the direction of multi-Tony Award-winning director, Jerry Zaks, she performed the role of ‘Liat’ in the Lincoln Centre concert production of South Pacific with Academy Award-nominated actor Bill Murray.
She has been awarded for her contributions to philanthropic and humanitarian efforts, including performances for Operation Restore Hope and the United Nations Delegations Women’s Club under the leadership of Remedios Fe Cabactulan and the patronage of Mrs. Ban Soon-Taek, wife of U.N. Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon.
Roanne received a voice scholarship from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, holds a bachelor’s degree with a computer science concentration and psychology minor cum laude from Harvard University.