Monheit comes from a musical family and her school promoted her musical education with a special education program. In her youth she listened to classical, jazz, bluegrass and folk and studied clarinet and music theory. Even during their high school years, she began to perform in clubs on Long Iceland and oriented to jazz greats such as Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan and Carmen McRae. At 20, she won second place in the prestigious Thelonious Monk Competition in New York. The jury was composed of high-class artists such as Dee Dee Bridgewater, Diana Krall and Dianne Reeves. The judges praised Monheit refreshing naturalness, the warmth of her voice and the swinging phrasing of her singing. Here the similarity with Fitzgerald was particularly evident.
Her debut took Monheit together with musicians such as Kenny Barron, Ron Carter and Lewis Nash on: Never Never Land ( 2000). For their third album In The Sun (2002), the singer finally found a solid quartet, with which they also opened the final evening of the Jazz Baltica Festival 2003. The album Taking a Chance on Love (2004) peaked at number one on the U.S. jazz charts and cracked the Top 100 on the pop charts for the first time for the singer. In the same year she joined cheered on at the Leverkusen Jazz Days. These are also a major international jazz festival. In 2005, she released her first Christmas album season for which they signed to the label Epic. Followed in 2007 Surrender.
- 2000: Never Never Land
- 2001: Come Dream with Me
- 2002: In the Sun
- 2004: Taking a Chance on Love
- 2005: The Collection Monheit
- 2005 Season
- 2007: Surrender
- 2008: The Lovers, the Dreamers and Me
- 2010: Home
- 2013: The Heart of the Matter