Growing up in Kansas, Janelle Monáe knew she wanted to perform. When given the opportunity, she left Kansas and moved to the Big Apple. There, she enrolled in the American Musical and Dramatic Academy.
From the Big Apple to the big A. In 2001, Janelle moved from New York to Atlanta to further pursue her singing and performing career. In Atlanta, she founded the Wondaland Arts Society with other members and released her first EP, The Audition.
After making moves in Atlanta, Janelle Monáe met Outkast's, Big Boi, who later introduced her to her future boss, P. Diddy. Diddy listened to Janelle's music on MySpace and fell in love with her unique style and voice. Later, he signed her to Bad Boy Records.
Metropolis is a concept album in which there are different suites. Janelle's vision for this was to have different parts of the album to debut at different times. The album focused on Janelle's alter ego, Cindi Mayweather, and her goal to be seen as the messiah of the android robot community.
Janelle's sophomore album, The Electric Lady, included a song called "Q.U.E.E.N" that featured Erykah Badu. The album did well and also featured other artists, such as Miguel, Prince and Solange.
Noticed for her unique beauty and amazing style, Janelle Monáe was named 2012's CoverGirl! She has been featured in many commercials and ads in collaboration with the beauty company.
Janelle Monáe has been a strong advocate for the #BlackLivesMatter movement. She has used her voice to speak up on the injustice in the African-American community.
Janelle Monáe will be singing and dancing during her performing for President Barack Obama and his family. She will surely bring the house down!
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