Thursday, January 29, 2009

Janelle Monáe - SIncerely, Jane

Janelle Monáe is destined to be absolutely huge, and I was introduced to her by Geoff over at Pass The Feeling On and what is abundantly clear is that this is pop music made perfectly with great arrangements that are as interesting as they are catchy, none of that watered down Britney (bar Toxic, which is a tune!) shit but rather a tune with a massive Northern groove and a singer who sings the cut to perfection. She has been nominated for a Grammy this year and anybody who lists her influences as Judy Garland, James Brown, Michael Jackson, Jackie Wilson, Grace Brown, Karen O, Lauryn Hill, Mick Jagger, Stevie Wonder, Outkast, Nona Hendryx, Bach, Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Fiona Apple, Björk, Anita Baker, and The Hives is ok in my book. Check her performing in the video below for some serious delivery and dance moves - I can't wait to see what she has in store for us in the near future. (Oh, and judging by her band and the clips somebody has thrown some serious cash behind her!)

Janelle Monáe - SIncerely, Jane


StellaVista said...

She is absolutely amazing!

That someone who us throwing the money at her is P. Diddy who has signed her to his label.

Check out her debut album "The Audition" from 2006 (some tracks are on youtube, look for "My favourite nothing", "Party Girl", "Cloud 9"). I wonder why she went under the radar with that.

Marc Kets said...

Probably because Diddy took her under his wing for some "artist development".