Sources: Vibe – By Adelle Platon | Edited By – All Things Michael
In a world where pop stars can sprout from YouTube or a syndicated singing show, Janelle Monáe is one of a kind.
The 29-year-old Kansas City songstress danced her way to the top of the charts in a suit and bowtie for her first single “Tight Rope” and pushed out her stellar debutArchAndroid in 2010. Three years later, she followed up with the funkadelic Electric Lady LP featuring Solange, Miguel, Prince and Erykah Badu.
Now, the bouffant-rocking Cover Girl is putting her business acumen to work as the founder of Wondaland Records, an imprint of Sony Music Entertainment’s Epic Records. She recently looped in VIBE over email on her latest venture, her unique bag necessities and her business motto.
The first moment I realized making music was my dream:
According to my Aunt Gloria, it was apparent that making music was my dream after she took me to Michael Jackson’s “Bad” concert in my hometown Kansas City. The next morning I went to church and started beating on the back of a pew, tapping and singing Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” extremely loud during my pastor’s sermon! The whole church chuckled, and I believe I was escorted out. That moment gave me great joy and extra confidence…..
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