I have loved Janelle Monae for a few years now. Besides being as cute as a button, she’s got that oddball, fearless female thing going on which I think is more than awesome. Reminds me of other fierce femmes like Santogold, Shingai Shoniwa of the Noisettes and Karen O. I dig these ladies so much.
And so, you can imagine how pleased I was to stumble upon this track presented by the carmakers Kia Motors – of all companies. They have this group of four artists they’ve dubbed Kia Soul Collective and have included Janelle Monae as the only female.
Come Alive [The War of the Roses] – Janelle Monae
For those of you totally unfamiliar with her, Janelle Monae is part of the Wondaland Art Society and is also signed to Bad Boy/Atlantic Records. She got her break from Outkast’s Big Boi and released her first album, Metropolis: The Chase Suite, last year in August. She’s opened for Of Montreal, toured with No Doubt and has even been nominated for a Grammy. She’s doing things.
“Come Alive” is an electrified, bride-of-frankenstein rock track supported by the strength and confidence of Monae’s soulful screams and sometimes-raspy screeches. Her vocal acrobats show off her range, intensity and guts: “YOU DON’T KNOW NOTHING!”
This track is bursting with energy and enthusiasm. One of the funnest things about her singing is that she can’t fake it. It’s effluent and emphatic, usually soaring but sometimes just crooning. She is incredibly talented.
Definitely take the time to hear these tracks and keep an eye out for her in your town, she’s going on tour with Raphael Saadiq this fall.
Nov. 16th Seattle, WA-Sodo
Nov. 17th Portland, OR- Portland
Nov. 18th Oakland, CA- Fox
Nov. 20th Los Angeles, CA- Wiltern
Nov. 21st Las Vegas, NV- House of Blues
Nov. 24th Dallas, TX- House of Blues
Nov. 25th Houston, TX- House of Blues
Nov. 28th Miami, FL- Filmore@Jackie Gleason
Nov. 30th Atlanta, GA- Centerstage
Dec. 02nd Philadelphia, PA- Electric Factory
Dec. 04th New York, NY- Terminal 5
Dec. 05th Atlantic City, NJ- House of Blues
Dec. 06th Baltimore, MA- Rams Head
Dec. 07th Washington DC- Club 930
Dec. 09th Boston, MA- House of Blues
Dec. 11th Toronto, ON- Kool House
Dec. 12th Montreal QC- Metropolis
Dec. 14th Chicago IL- Park West
Dec. 15th Chicago IL- Park West
Dec. 16th Minneapolis, MN- First Ave
Check out the video for the track that got her nominate for a grammy:
“Many Moons” – Janelle Monae