She is been called "a different kind of diva" by Vogue Magazine and "a true visionary... one of the most important signings of my career" by Sean "Diddy" Combs. For singer, songwriter, and high funkstress Janelle Monae, however, the impetus remains the same as it's been since before her Grammy-nominated debut EP "Metropolis, Suite I: The Chase" captured the imaginations of fans and fellow artists. As she readies her first full-length LP, "The ArchAndroid," her focus remains on stirring your soul,… Show more
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Growing up, Janelle Monáe (born Janelle Robinson) felt constrained by the limited resources offered to her in her greater Kansas City, KS, home. When she finished high school, she moved to New York to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy with the intention of pursuing musical theater, but in 2004, after performing in a couple of off-Broadway shows and realizing there weren't the roles available to her that she wanted, she moved to Atlanta to try her luck there....