Janelle Monae Robinson, known professionally as Janelle Monae, is a singer/songwriter/producer signed to Bad Boy Records, Wondaland Arts Society and Atlantic Records. After capturing some attention with her first unofficial studio album, “The Audition”, she debuted with the EP “Metropolis: Suite 1 (The Chase)”, which peaked at number 115 on the Billboard 200 in the United States. She released her first full length studio album “ArchAndroid”, a concept album sequel to her first EP. It was released by Bad Boy Records in 2010. The album received critical acclaim and a Best Contemporary R&B Album nomination at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards. Monae’s music has earned her six Grammy award nominations. Monae was born in Kansas City Kansas to a janitor mother and truck driver father. She moved to New York City to study drama at American Musical and Dramatic Academy. After moving to Atlanta GA in 2001, she met Big Boi of Outkast and later founded the Wondaland Arts Society with other like minded artists, releasing her first EP, “The Audition” in 2003. Although it didn’t place very high on the Billboard charts, it did showcase her vocal ability. In Feburary 2015, she along with Epic Records CEO Antonion “LA” Reid, announced a joint venture with Monae’s independent label, Wondaland Art Society. Monae’s latest release is “Electric Lady”.
The Joyful Sound of Janelle Monae
04 Tuesday Aug 2015
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