Remember This Ex Brownstone Singer? See Her Now & Her Very REGULAR Job

Posted On : March 15, 2017
CHICAGO - NOVEMBER 1994: Singers Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell, Monica "Mimi" Doby and Nichole "Nicci" Gilbert of Brownstone poses for photos at the Excalibur in Chicago, Illinois in NOVEMBER 1994. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Brownstone members (L-R): Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell, Monica “Mimi” Doby and Nichole “Nicci” Gilbert, 1994. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

ILOSM fam’ we were over here reminiscing about one of the best female groups of the 90’s, Brownstone, and a few things came to mind. For one, they know they had to be a bad group if the one and only “I’m Bad” icon, Michael Jackson, signed ’em to his MJJ Music label! Two, the “Heard It Through The Grapevyne” trio were some SANGIN’ somebodies, who sang like they were at a church choir competition every time they stepped on stage. And three…where in the hell did Monica “Mimi” Dolby, one of the original members, disappear to?

Brownstone with Michael Jackson, Lisa Marie Presley, and friend
Brownstone with Michael Jackson, Lisa Marie Presley, and friend

Throughout the years, Mimi’s two former members were very much in the public eye. Sadly, Charmayne ‘Maxee’ Maxwell passed away on February 27, 2015 from a reportedly accidental fall at her home. Prior Maxee’s passing, she and Nicci Gilbert were still periodically as Brownstone. Nicci was also very visible on the reality TV circuit for a minute with R&B Divas. But after Monica left the group during the height of their 90’s success, we’ve haven’t seen her since…

Back in the day when Brownstone appeared on Video Soul, it was reported that Mimi had suddenly left the group due to an “illness,” or “bronchitis,” or some other alternative fact that I vaguely remember. But later on, it came out (in interviews) that she’d left because of beef with her Brownstone sisters.

BUT WAIT TIL YOU SEE WHAT MIMI IS DOING FOR A LIVING NOW…Turn Page>>>


Recent photo of former Brownstone singer, Monica "Mimi" Dolby Davis (via Facebook)
Recent photo of former Brownstone singer, Monica “Mimi” Dolby Davis (via Facebook)

What Mimi Is doing Now

We decided to do a lil’ diggin’ into what Mimi’s been up to lately and were pleasantly surprised by her current career. According to several reports and Mimi’s Linkedin account, she has been a school teacher for the past 19 years with the Los Angeles Unified School District. Yep, she chose a career far from the glitz and glam of the entertainment world as you can see. There’s more…

Ex Brownstone singer, Mimi, (via Facebook)
Ex Brownstone singer, Mimi, (via Facebook)

Monica ‘Mimi’ Dolby now goes by the name, Monica Dolby Davis. One look at her recent photo (above) and it’s clear that Monica is just as beautiful as she ever was. She now has a son who appears to be in his teens and she’s living a quiet regular life now. We aren’t sure what Mimi teaches, but hopefully she’s teaching young kids what REAL singing is because sadly, their generation is severely deprived of enough examples of that on mainstream radio.

Brownstone
Brownstone

It’s uncertain if Mimi plans to make a comeback to music anytime soon, but on her social media page she did mention to someone that she was ‘getting back’ to singing. Only time will tell though.

Anywho, it’s a beautiful thing to see Monica dedicating herself to shaping young minds. Her life may be very different from the days of meeting her former boss, MJ, and selling a million+ records, but the process of instilling within her students, the tools they need for forward progression in life, is probably just as fulfilling for ‘Mimi.’

LOS ANGELES - JANUARY 1995: Singers Charmayne "Maxee" Maxwell, Monica "Mimi" Doby and Nichole "Nicci" Gilbert of Brownstone poses for photos on the set of their video for their song, "Grapevyne" in Los Angeles, California in JANUARY 1995. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Charmayne “Maxee” Maxwell, Monica “Mimi” Doby and Nichole “Nicci” Gilbert 1995. (Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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