Janelle Monae

Active - 2013 - 2016  |   Born - Dec 1, 1985 in Kansas City, Kansas, United States  |  

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  • Performed in musicals growing-up and was a singer at her Baptist church.
  • Joined Kansas City's Coterie Theater Young Playwrights' Round Table at age 12.
  • Left college after one year and moved to Atlanta; released her self-produced demo, The Audition, in 2003.
  • Discovered by Outkast's Big Boi at an open mic night.
  • Has a musical alter-ego that is an android named Cindi Mayweather, who is the protagonist of the 2010 concept album The ArchAndroid.
  • Wears a "uniform" of a black and white tuxedo for every performance, in honor of her working-class roots.
  • A co-founder of  the Wondaland Arts Society, which support young artists and musicians.
  • Performed several times for President Obama and named on his 2016 summer playlist.