She’s a mix of Stevie Wonder and David Bowie. Her incredible talent matches her energy performing. She’s young and she’s pretty, she is a Covergirl after all. She has performed with legends like Prince and Erykah Badu. Her audiences range from the President to Saturday Night Live. Despite this, Janelle Monae is still not considered a popular artist.
Monae, while seemingly not mainly popular, she has become one of the most successful R&B artists. She rubs elbows with the likes of Beyonce; she was one Solange’s bridesmaids. Her cover of Shirley Bassey’s Goldfinger for President Barrack Obama was one of the best I’ve heard. She started with a series of albums beginning with Metropolis and leading to the ArchAndroid and last year’s Electric Lady. Before that, Monae was featured on Fun.’s “We are young.” Monae has also worked with artists like Estelle, B.O.B., Big Boi, and Athens’ own Of Montreal.
Back in February, Monae officially started her record label, Wondaland Records, in a deal with L.A. Reid CEO of Epic Records. The label will feature five different acts under Monae’s guidance. Jidenna who collaborated with Monae before, appearing in Monae’s music video for her song Dance Apocalyptic. Deep cotton is made up of Nate Wonder, and Chuck Lighting who were featured on Monae’s album The ArchAndroid. Alex Belle and Isis Valentino form the music duo St. Beauty. Valentino previously provided background vocals for Monae. Completing the label is singer songwriter Roman GianArthur, who wrote the overtures for Monae’s album suites.
The first act of Monae’s Wondaland Society is the release of a collaborative LP featuring all of the performers and Monae herself. The first single released was Jidenna’s “Classic Man” featuring GianArthur. The second was released with its video earlier this week with Monae and Jidenna, “Yoga.” These songs and others will add to complete the LP called the Eephus.