Janelle Monáe has been signed to P. Diddy’s imprint Bad Boy Records. With good reason, too—Monáe is one of those artists that emerges with such a distinctive voice and personality on stage, it is nearly impossible to listen and sit still.
“There is no doubt in my mind that Janelle is the kind of artist that changes the game,” P. Diddy said in a recent press release. “She is a true visionary, with an original sound and a mesmerizing presence.”
The Kansas City, Kan., artist who now claims Atlanta as home base has an EP coming out in June as well as a full-length album slated for September. The EP, Metropolis, is a futuristic concept based on a 1927 silent film of the same name by Fritz Lang. The plan is to release it in phases, with each phase revealing more of the story behind Monáe’s alter ego, Cindi Mayweather.
Before she moved to the South to become a recording artist, Monáe studied at the acclaimed American Musical and Dramatic Academy’s New York City campus. Upon finding her way to Atlanta, she became one of the founding members of the Wondaland Arts Society. In the past she has also worked with Big Boi and on Outkast’s Idlewild soundtrack.
“This is a new day, a new entertainment industry, and a world where the notion of what is independent and what is mainstream changes every day,” Monáe said in the release. “In this new, rapidly changing environment, I am thrilled that Antwan 'Big Boi' Patton and Sean Combs have partnered with me and the Wondaland Arts Society to promote my music and art around the world.”
For a glimpse of what Janelle is like live, check out her performance at Atlanta's Criminal Records, or view her appearance on TBS below. And seriously, if she comes to your town, do not miss her show. Don't say we didn't warn you.
Janelle Monáe on MySpace
Wondaland Arts Society's Blog
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