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Janelle Monáe

Janelle Monáe

Keynote Speaker: Singer-Songwriter, Rapper, Actress & LGBTQ Advocate

Janelle Monáe Biography

Janelle Monáe is one of the most dynamic artists of their time, fusing soul, funk, new wave, and Southern hip-hop, among other genres and sounds, with a spirited approach that seems to treat art and entertainment as indivisible. The Grammy-nominated singer/rapper, songwriter, arranger, and producer spent years grinding away in the Atlanta underground before they emerged with a theatrical retro-futuristic sound wrapped in science fiction themes. In the 2010s, Monáe and their Wondaland associates crafted three Top 20 albums -- The ArchAndroid (2010), The Electric Lady (2013), and Dirty Computer (2018) -- examining subjects such as oppression, identity, and liberation as they relate to race and sexuality. Despite wide-scoped vision, Monáe and company filled those LPs with broadly appealing, gold-certified singles like "Tightrope", "Yoga," "Make Me Feel," and "I Like That." Monáe followed that highly conceptual trilogy with the compact The Age of Pleasure (2023), dedicated to the African diaspora with feel-good grooves sourced from Jamaica, Nigeria, and the ATL. The artist's musical activity has been balanced with an array of supporting and lead roles in films such as Moonlight, Antebellum, and Glass Onion, and the series Homecoming.

Growing up, Monáe felt constrained by the limited resources offered in their greater Kansas City, Kansas environment. When they finished high school, they moved to New York to attend the American Musical and Dramatic Academy with the intention of pursuing musical theater. After performing in a couple off-Broadway shows and encountering a lack of desirable roles, they opted to try their luck in Atlanta. They soon joined a band and toured the local college circuit, where they eventually got in touch with their future partners in Wondaland Arts Society -- a collective and label that looked to promote experimental arts -- and recorded The Audition, which they financed, released, and distributed in a run of a few hundred copies. Outkast's Big Boi included two of the songs from the set, the Off the Wall-styled "Lettin' Go" and an electro version of DeBarge's "Time Will Reveal," on his 2005 compilation Got Purp?, Vol. 2.

Monáe made their proper solo debut in August 2007 with an EP entitled The Chase, the first of four planned "Metropolis suites" based in the year 2719 with a character named Cindi Mayweather as the protagonist. Its mix of cabaret, soul, hip-hop, and new wave was well received and found a fan in Sean "DIddy" Combs. Rumors about a signing were finally confirmed in March 2008, when Combs announced Monáe as the newest member of his Bad Boy roster. Monáe promised that the move wouldn't compromise any of their artistic integrity or creativity, and a re-release of The Chase, featuring bonus content, followed shortly thereafter. The second and third suites of Metropolis were issued together as components of The ArchAndroid. Released in May 2010, the album debuted at number 17 on the Billboard 200 and resulted in the first of several Grammy nominations for Monáe, including Best Contemporary R&B Album and Best Urban/Alternative Performance, the latter for lead single "Tightrope."

After Fun.'s number one pop hit "We Are Young," featuring Monáe, was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, Monáe returned in September 2013 with The Electric Lady. Billed as Metropolis suites four and five, it was even more expansive than the preceding full-length and entered the Billboard 200 at number five. Monáe then moved the Wondaland label to Epic and launched the partnership with 2015's Wondaland Presents: The Eephus, a various-artists EP featuring their "Yoga" and, more significantly, Jidenna's platinum single "Classic Man." On tour in support of the EP, Monáe and their band performed the anti-police brutality song "Hell You Talmbout," not included on The Eephus but released separately as an instrumental.

Occupied with acting roles in two of the biggest films of 2016, the award-winning "Moonlight" and "Hidden Figures," Monáe recorded intermittently, including but not limited to a part in the multi-artist charity recording "This Is for the Girls," songs for the Hidden Figures soundtrack. They also collaborated with Grimes and recorded "Hum Along and Dance (Gotta Get Down)" for the Netflix series The Get Down. In April 2018, they released their third album, the frolicsome yet defiant Dirty Computer. The comparatively pop-oriented set was previewed with "Django Jane" and "Make Me Feel," the latter of which added Julia Michaels and Justin Trantor to Monáe's list of studio collaborators. Along with debuting at number six on the Billboard 200, the album earned Monáe two Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year.

More acting roles followed for Monáe over the next few years. They included a supporting role in the Harriet Tubman biopic Harriet, and appearing as noted feminist and child welfare advocate Dorothy Pitman Hughes in the Gloria Steinem biopic The Glorias, plus starring roles in the horror film Antebellum and the second season of psychological thriller series Homecoming. Monáe concurrently recorded the song "Turntables" for the documentary film All In: The Fight for Democracy. In 2021, Monáe was behind "Stronger" (for the educational animated series We the People) and an 18-minute updated version of "Hell You Talmbout." "Say Her Name (Hell You Talmbout)" featured over a dozen voices ranging from those of Beyoncé, Alicia Keys, and Brittany Howard to Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza and Pulitzer-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones. Monáe debuted on The New York Times Best Sellers list in 2022 with the sci-fi collection The Memory Librarian: And Other Stories of Dirty Computer. Having come out four years earlier as pansexual, Monáe confirmed in 2022 that they identify as nonbinary. Later that year they starred in the Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion. Early in 2023, Monáe released "Float," a collaboration with Sean Kuti that hinted at the intercontinental celebratory feel of the awaited follow-up to Dirty Computer. The Age of Pleasure landed that June and was later nominated for Album of the Year at the 2024 Grammy Awards.

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Janelle Monáe Videos

Janelle Monáe I Angie Martinez IRL Podcast
Janelle Monáe - Living Her Best Life | The Daily Show
Janelle Monáe: The arts saved my life

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Janelle Monáe is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as Music, Entertainers, Celebrity, Social Activism, LGBTQ, Diversity, Television & Film, Writing, Acting, Black Heritage, Innovation, College, Entertainment and Women in Entertainment.

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Janelle Monáe is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Music, Entertainers and Celebrity. The estimated speaking fee range to book Janelle Monáe for live events is $200,000 and above, and for virtual events $200,000 and above. Janelle Monáe generally travels from Los Angeles, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Common, Billy Porter and Leslie Odom Jr.. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Janelle Monáe for an upcoming event.

Janelle Monáe Videos

Janelle Monáe I Angie Martinez IRL Podcast
Janelle Monáe - Living Her Best Life | The Daily Show
Janelle Monáe: The arts saved my life
Janelle Monáe on A Beautiful Future campaign and Lollapalooza ...
How to be a Badass Woman ft. Janelle Monáe | Cover Stars | InStyle ...

Janelle Monáe Reviews

  • The event went GREAT, and Janelle was wonderful. The audience loved the keynote, and the students were THRILLED at the meet-and-greet and the photo line. Thank you for all you did to make this event a huge success!
    Vanderbilt - Jan 22 2020

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