Born In: Kansas City, Kansas, United States
Janelle Monae is an American budding songwriter, singer and actress best known for her signature black and white outfits and her studio album ‘The ArchAndroid’. Her EP ‘Metropolis: Suit I (The Chase)’ hit top of the charts in the US. She established ‘Wondaland Records’ to promote likeminded artists that have become a sensation in the US. Janelle has also acted in the movie ‘Moonlight’ and appeared as herself in a number of television serials. She won the ‘Rising Star Award’ at the Billboard’s Women Music Awards and ‘Outstanding Breakthrough Performance: Female’ at the Black Reel Awards. She has been a brand ambassador for America’s leading cosmetic brand, ‘Cover Girl’ and has appeared in a number of commercials. Her upbringing in Kansas City has had a deep impact on her outlook to life and is reflected in her music. She is a supporter of the LGBTQ community. She came out publicly as non-binary in April 2022, on the American talk show the 'Red Table Talk.' She said, "I'm nonbinary, so I just don't see myself as a woman, solely ... I feel like god is so much bigger than the 'he' or the 'she.' And if I am from God, I am everything." She refers to herself as a ‘funkstress’.
Also Known As: Janelle Monáe Robinson
father: Michael Robinson Summers
Born Country: United States
Notable Alumni: Perimeter College At Georgia State University
education: Perimeter College At Georgia State University
Janelle Monae was born on December 1, 1985, in Kansas City, USA. Her father was a truck driver and her mother worked as a janitor. Her initial days spent in Kansas City were difficult due to the poor financial condition and drug addiction of her father.
She was part of the choir in the local Baptist church and started song writing as well as story writing at a young age. She wrote the script for a play at the age of twelve.
In 2001, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia, where she met Big Boi from the American hip hop group called ‘Outkast’ and joined the ‘Wondaland Arts Society’ consisting of young likeminded artists. She went on to release her debut EP titled ‘The Audition’ in 2003, that was a limited edition CD.
Janelle Monae got her first break in 2006, when she performed with ‘OutKast’ in their album titled ‘Idlewild’ where she appeared in the numbers ‘Call the Law’ and ‘In Your Dreams’. Her talent was recognised by Big Boi and his friend Sean Combs who helped her build her profile as a singer.
She released her first solo titled ‘Metropolis’ in 2007, which was again released in 2008, with some additional tracks and called ‘Metropolis: The Chase Suit’. The EP got her a nomination for Best Urban / Alternate Performance at the Grammy Awards.
She was selected as a spokesperson for America’s cosmetic brand, ‘Cover Girl’ and performed in the festival in support of former US President Obama. She has appeared in a number of commercials including the campaign for Sonos Wireless HiFi home audio systems.
In 2016, she made her debut appearance in the movie ‘Moonlight’ with Andre Holland and Naomie Harris. This was followed by a role in the film ‘Hidden Figures’ with Octavia Spencer the same year. 'Hidden Figures' was a box office hit and 'Moonlight' bagged in the 89th Academy Award for Best Picture.
During this period she remained active on the music scene with the release of the number ‘Venus Fly’ and the soundtrack for the series ‘The Get Down’ on Netflix. She was also part of the soundtrack for her film ‘Hidden Figures’. She also appeared in ‘The Women of Marwen’.
Janelle presently resides in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. She is a supporter of the LGBTQ community and maintains that she only dates androids, who are people she can identify with. She came out publicly as non-binary in April 2022, on the American talk show the 'Red Table Talk