Mona is an American rock band from Nashville, Tennessee. The band rose to fame when they appeared as part of the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll; which was revealed on 5 December 2010. The band were also crowned the Brand New for 2011 title at the MTV Awards. Their debut album was released on 16 May 2011 in the UK through Island Records.
Mona, consisting of members Nick Brown (lead vocals, guitar), Vince Gard (drums, percussion), Zach Lindsey (bass, backing vocals) and Jordan Young (guitar, backing vocals), originated from Dayton, Ohio, though they are now located in Nashville, Tennessee. Brown revealed the band's name refers to his grandmother, Mona Brown. Formed in 2007, the band went through various line-up alterations during its first few years, including the departure of a guitarist following a heated argument with Brown. Zach joined the group following a band visit to Nashville, Tennessee, where Zach was finishing a project with another band. Jordan was brought in following the previously mentioned guitarist's exit.
In April 2009, Brown was introduced to Saul Galpern, creator of Nude Records by a mutual friend. Soon after their online introduction, Galpern flew to Nashville to meet the band. Having been very impressed by them, Galpern signed a management contract with the band which led to a record deal with Island Records and Mercury Records in September 2010.