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Janelle Monáe

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Janelle Monáe

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Full Name: Janelle Monáe Robinson
Born: December 1, 1985
Kansas City, Kansas, USA
Occupation: Singer, Composer, Actress, Dancer
Nationality: American


Janelle Monáe is an American musical recording artist and actress, signed to Bad Boy Records, Wondaland Arts Society, and Atlantic Records. 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".

Monáe 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.

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