Monáe was born in Kansas City, Kansas, where she spent her early years. She is the daughter of a janitor mother and a truck driver father. She has stated that the fictional character of Dorothy Gale from the film The Wizard of Oz has been one of her “musical influences” and she dreamed of being a singer and a performer from a very young age. She moved to New York City to study drama at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, attending a performing arts camp called Freedom Theatre, which is the oldest African-American theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
After moving to Atlanta, Georgia in 2001, she met OutKast’s Big Boi, and then founded the Wondaland Arts Society with some like-minded young artists, releasing her first EP The Audition in 2003. Although it did not place highly on the Billboard charts – reportedly only 400 physical copies were pressed – it did showcase her impressive vocal abilities and unique Metropolis concept that would also figure in her future releases. Big Boi told his friend Sean Combs about Monáe, and she signed to Bad Boy in 2006. In 2007, Monáe released her first solo work, titled Metropolis. Her two other albums are: The ArchAndroid, The Electric Lady. In October 2016, Monáe made her big screen acting debut in the critically acclaimed film Moonlight. Monáe also starred in the film Hidden Figures, released in December 2016. For more of Janelle’s bio, click here!
Pray for Janelle Monáe this week, that God may bless and encourage her in a personal and powerful way! May God guide her steps in her professional and personal life. May she find her purpose and worth in her Creator and be reminded of how much God loves her!