Looking at Pat Monahan today, you’d never guess this multi-Platinum award winner grew from such humble roots.
The last of seven kids born to Jack and Patricia Monahan, Pat grew up like a lot of younger kids who feel they must compete for attention–he did it the best way he knew how, by singing, performing and clowning around.
In high school, Pat played drums and sang with friends under the name of “Timon,” which is Monahan’s middle name. He predominately played for local youth groups and participated in talent shows near his Erie, Pennsylvania home.
In 1993, he formed the American-rock cover band “Rogues Gallery” who belted out knock-off ballads from Led Zeppelin, Head East and The Cult. While playing at a local bar, he met Dave Shelley, Cher’s guitarist at the time, who recognized his brilliant poetry and charismatic voice, and inspired him to move to the California Bay Area and make a go of it. And GO he did!
Not content to solely focus his efforts in a single area, Monahan stretched his talent outside of the comfortable band world. With a solo career that includes covers for a variety of programs on the music network VH1, Monahan performed:
- The Doors’ “Love Me Two Times” for Storytellers: The Doors – A Celebration in 2000
- Fuel’s hit “Shimmer” with the band for VH1’s Storytellers: Fuel and Train in 2001
- Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time” for Decades Rock Live in 2006
He collaborated on two songs for Tina Turner’s 2008 album Tina! Her Greatest Hits and appeared on “The Voice” as a celebrity duet partner and as substitute coach when Cee Lo Green was unavailable.
His solo album, entitled Last of Seven, for which he wrote or co-wrote all of the fourteen songs, pays homage to his early roots. In the same way, Monohan wrote “Drops of Jupiter (Tell Me),” the 2002 Grammy Award winning song written by Monahan, for his late mother, Patricia Ann Monahan, who was taken from her family by cancer.
In fact, love of home and family is a common theme with Monahan. As a guest blogger for People’s celebrity baby blog, Pat describes the love his family provides in detail and remembers his childhood home as the place where sweet memories were made. Of his hopes for his own children he says, “I want them to care about the moments, not the gifts and know that the moments ARE the gifts.”
In addition to his solo career, and as lead singer with Train, Monahan has diversified into acting with guest appearances on CSI: NY and Hawaii Five-0. And, perhaps the most challenging of all, Monahan plays the voice of Driver Dan the lion in the children’s show Driver Dan’s Story Train.
Not to be confined to the entertainment world, Monahan and fellow Train members collaborated with ACME Wine Movers to start the Save Me, San Francisco Wine Co. In addition to wines bearing the names of Train’s hit songs, the company also has a line of chocolates. In keeping with Monahan’s love of family theme, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the wine supports a San Francisco-based nonprofit, Family House, that provides families of seriously ill children with temporary housing.
With scores of Grammys and a brilliant music career that stretches more than 30 years, Pat embodies the idea of going big to make it big. Don’t miss your chance to see Train live at the BHHS Sales Convention 2017!