Janelle Monae has a little fun (Updated March 13, 2013)
Have you turned on the radio lately? Chances are you've heard Janelle Monae, still bright and bold and creative and just plain fun – as judged by her turn on the runaway hit "We Are Young." The song (coincidentally by the band fun) not only reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, but marked Monae's first appearance in the U.S. Top 10 and ultimately won her a Grammy for Song of the Year.
Mixing pop, R&B, soul and a splash of rock, Monae has been everywhere over the last few years. Beyond her work with Nate Ruess (the lead singer of fun), she was also featured on "Do My Thing" for Estelle's sophomore album "All of Me." The summer of 2012 then saw her perform two new songs, "Electric Lady" and "Dorothy Dandridge Eyes" – from her upcoming sophomore album at Toronto's Jazz Festival. A month later, she appeared at both the North Sea Jazz Festival in Europe and the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland.
Putting those frequent flyer miles aside, Monae was chosen as CoverGirl's newest spokeswoman in August 2012. In September she performed at CarolinaFest in support of President Obama, and in October was the star of a commercial for the Sonos Wireless HiFi home audio system. She's also spent a chunk of time away from music obsessing over her trademark starched shirt and tuxedo – a look, along with her coiffed hair and flawless skin, that has made her instantly recognizable to anyone and everyone who knows the music of Janelle Monae.
Monae's upcoming sophomore album, the follow-up to 2010's "The ArchAndroid," pairs the songstress with the same team that produced her debut album. Thus far, no release date has been set.
A History of Janelle Monae tickets
Singer, dancer, songwriter and burst of energy Janelle Monae is like no other performer touring today. The diminutive performer packs a ton of energy into her shows as she commands the stage, wields her power over the audience and leads a band that delivers a tight, funky backdrop to her towering vocals. Always dressed to the nines in full tuxedo, tall heels and exquisitely coifed hairdo, Janelle Monae, as P. Diddy said when he signed her to his Bad Boy label, is like a breath of fresh air. You have to pick up Janelle Monae tickets and see this performer to believe the impact she makes live on stage.
Inspiration From Classic Movies
Born Janelle Monae Robinson in 1985 in Kansas City, Kansas, has famously said that she is partly inspired by Dorothy from the classic Wizard of Oz in creating her music. However, Monae is nothing like the laconic Dorothy on stage, strutting in high heels, busting moves and piercing the venue with her infectious voice and rhythmic songs, peppered with horns and punchy bass. Monae recorded her first recording, the EP Metropolis: Suite (The Chase) in 2007 and gained immediate attention with a Grammy nomination for the song 'Many Moons.' The EP is part of a conceptual trilogy about an android. The follow-up recording, a full-length album titled ArchAndroid (Suites II and III) was released in 2010, again garnering a Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary R&B; Album, as well as for the song 'Tightrope,' which has helped the album climb to number 17 on Billboard.
Janelle Monáe & Co. to Head Out on 'The Eephus' Tour
Janelle Monáe is hitting the road, and taking her label-mates along with her. The 29-year-old r&b sensation will set out on an eight-city tour to promote The Eephus, a compilation EP of all the artists signed to Monáe's independent label, Wondaland Records. Tickets for the shows are free of charge, but invite-only. Meaning to attend…Read more
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