Janelle Monae Schedule
Hailing from Kansas, Janelle Monae started entertaining when she was a child. Her breakthrough
moment happened in 2005 when Big Boi extended an invitation to her to contribute her talents to multiple OutKast tracks. Eventually,
she inked a contract deal with Sean "Puffy" Combs' label, Bad Boy Records. TheArchAndroidalbum arrived in 2010, climbing to
No. 17 on the Billboard charts. The album also earned her a Grammy nod. Her sophomore effort,The Electric Lady, dropped in
2013. Both Erykah Badu and Prince lent their vocals to the album as well.
This amazing songstress shines on the R&B
scene, already having cultivated a string of famous fans - including President Barack Obama. "People that worked in his campaign
have told us he is very aware of me. He's a fan," Monae said.
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Butte Garden in Salt Lake City, Utah; Eastman Theatre in Rochester, New York; Hollywood Bowl in Hollywood, California; Merriweather
Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland; and more. Sign up for event updates through StubHub to keep tabs on all of her future
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Janelle Monae Background
Janelle Monae Robinson grew up in Kansas City
where life at home wasn't always picture-perfect. Her father battled with an addiction to drugs throughout her formative years.
But Monae didn't let her father's addiction bring down her strong will to succeed. "I've never forgotten where I come from.
It's crazy, but I really want to be the one to show everyone back home that it can be done. And not by selling drugs but by
being passionate about the right thing - and the right things will come your way," Monae said. She gives tribute to her parents
with her trademark outfit she wears for her live shows - a black-and-white tuxedo. "I call it my uniform. My mother was a
janitor and my father collected trash, so I wear a uniform too," she said.
From the very beginning, Monae showed intense
promise, showcasing her innate intelligence and artistic abilities early on. She sang at her community's Baptist church, and
she had roles in theatrical productions of Cinderella and The Wiz. Monae's potential as a writer also shined through when
she was young. To foster her writing abilities, Monae enrolled in the Coterie Theater Young Playwrights' Round Table and penned
multiple musicals and plays. When she was just 12 years old, she crafted a script that centered around a girl and a boy who
vied for the love of a plant. The story's roots were drawn from a Stevie Wonder album, Journey Through the Secret Life of
After high school, Monae earned a scholarship for the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in the Big Apple.
She left the Academy after a short while because she felt she was being held back creatively. "I wanted to write my own musicals.
I didn't want to have to live vicariously through a character that had been played thousands of times - in a line with everybody
wanting to play the same person," she said.
Monae picked up and moved to Atlanta. There she resided with five other
women in a boarding house and was employed at Office Depot. She continued to pursue her music and put out a CD demo called,
Janelle Monae: The Audition. To boost her reputation as an artist, she toured tirelessly. On one of her tours, she became
acquainted with Nate Wonder and Chuck Lightning - two people who also shared Monae's passion for writing songs. The three
of them took the initiative to establish the Wondaland Arts Society. The record label also served as a vehicle to foster art
She was discovered at an open mic night when she sang "Killing Me Softly With His Song." OutKast member,
Big Boi, just happened to be in the audience and was instantly taken with her voice. At only 20 years old, Monae's big break
had arrived; she was included on "Time Will Reveal" and "Lettin' Go" - two tracks from the Got Purp? Vol. II album. In 2006,
she lent her voice to two more tracks, "In Your Dreams" and "Call the Law" for OutKast.
After those projects wrapped
up, Monae set out to do her own music. She and her two cohorts of the Wondaland Arts Society cut the EP Metropolis: Suite
I (The Chase). Producer Diddy took notice and hooked her up with his label, Bad Boy Records. Diddy revealed in an MTV interview:
"I was looking for things that were different and innovative. Because if you're a leader in this industry you want to be helping
to push it forward, and she's an artist that would help to push it forward." The effort climbed to No. 115 on the Billboard
Album Charts with "Many Moons," claiming a Grammy nod for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.
The ArchAndroid dropped
in 2010, as Monae's first full-length album. The album landed at No. 17 on the Billboard U.S. album chart and claimed a Grammy
nod for Best Contemporary R&B Album. The Electric Lady followed in 2013, scoring the No. 5 slot on the Billboard Top 200.
Janelle Monae Albums
Janelle Monae proves time and time again that she is an expressive, artistic individual
whose talents aren't just limited to singing. Her imagination transcends all conventional boundaries, never settling for the
ordinary. Her concept album, The ArchAndroid serves as a sci-fi representation as well as a metaphor for African-American
history. "The android represents a new form of the Other," she said. "And I believe we're going to be living in a world of
androids by 2029. How will we all get along? Will we treat the android humanely? What type of society will it be when we're
integrated? I've felt like the Other at certain points in my life. I felt like it was a universal language that we could all
Janelle Monae Trivia
At the 2013 Billboard Women in Music festivities, Janelle Monae was
awarded Billboard's Rising Star Award.
Janelle Monae Concert Experience
There's no way you can imitate
the feeling you get as you anxiously anticipate your favorite singer's appearance on stage at a live concert. Surrounded by
other passionate fans, you can feel the energy and electricity mount in those moments right before the stage comes alive with
the spectacular theatrics and infectious music that can only be delivered at a live performance.
Janelle Monae is an
artist who stirs up that anticipation and energy. With her vibrant tunes that tell stories, you can't help but get excited
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