You know you are doing something right as a young strong female black performer when Ms. Erykah Badu has given a nod in your direction. 23 year old Janelle Monáe has had quite a long trip; with plenty of more room to roam and recently Ms. Badu has said that Monáe is the next big thing. We here at eargoggles could not agree more.
Growing up in Kansas City, Kansas and then escaping from the underworld of her hometown, Monáe attended the American Musical Academy in New York City where she studied musical theatre and planned to pursue a career on the stages of Broadway. Feeling stifled by the lack of dynamic roles for black women on Broadway, Monáe decided to relocate to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue her dream of changing the world through her music.
More after the jump + free music files
Monáe made her debut in Atlanta in the Fall of 2003. At the time, she was enrolled in Georgia Perimeter College and was studing Science. She performed at various events in the Atlanta University Center. Her first solo project The Audition (below) consisted of raw acoustic production from fellow AUC group BOF (Best of Friends) and from Nate “Rocket” Wonder and Chuck Lightning of Wondaland Productions.
She is currently signed to indie record label The Wondaland Arts Society. The Wondaland Arts Society was founded by the Wolfmasters Nate “Rocket” Wonder, Chuck Lightning, and Delvin Franklin along with manager George “Rico” Rodriguez, Mitch Mitchowski, and Janelle Monáe herself. Other artists on The Wondaland Arts Society include the Afro-punk group Deep Cotton.
Monáe will be releasing Metropolis in four separate parts, or “Suites.” The first Suite of Metropolis, titled “The Chase” was released in August of 2007 via her label, the Wondaland Arts Society. The first single from Suite I of Metropolis, Violet Stars Happy Hunting has become an internet sensation and is already an underground hit. In late 2007, Janelle Monae signed with Sean “Puff Daddy/Diddy” Combs‘ label, Bad Boy Records.
She was first featured on the Purple Ribbon All-Star’s Compilation Got Purp? Volume 2 in 2005. Her song “Lettin’ Go,” from this album became a cult hit and a fan favorite. Her next major feature was on OutKast‘s movie soundtrack for Idlewild, where she is featured on the songs “Call The Law” and “In Your Dreams.” She was also featured in the video for the single “Morris Brown,” with Big Boi and Scar.
Ms. Monáe’s style is filled with a quirky sensibility which somehow does not detract from her songs or her powerfully beautiful voice, but only adds to her charm. She’s like a little pissed-off Corinne Bailey Rae who’s husband hasn’t mysteriously died yet.
Our grab for today is her 2003 Unreleased album The Audition:
2. Lettin’ Go
3. Party Girl
6. It’s Not Fair
7. Time Will Reveal
8. My Favorite Nothing
9. Warm Up (Cloud 9 Interlude)
10. Cloud 9
11. The Chase
13. I Won’t Let Go
15. You Are My Everything
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