The inifitely talented Janelle Monae recently stopped by the offices of The Recording Academy in Santa Monica, CA to treat guests to a very special acoustic performance. The organization is located in a gorgeous, multi-story building (I had the honor of visiting back in December) that houses not only offices, but also music listening rooms, an extensive music library and an extended board room with an area where artists come out to play.
Monae performed the touching "Smile" and "Sincerely, Jane," two tracks taken from her debut EP. The artists also sits down to briefly answer five questions, including her take on the overwhelmingly positive response to her debut LP "The ArchAndroid" and the impact of musical theatre on her style and delivery.
Being unique, innovative and forward-thinking in so many different ways, the Atlanta-based artists also comments on her GRAMMY nominiation for "Many Moons" in the "Best Urban/Alternative Performance" category back in 2009. (I greeted her during the ceremony and gave her a big hug, totally rooting for her to take the prize.)
My favorite video is when she explains why she considers both Judy Garland and James Brown her biggest heroes. Her passion and love for the both of them shines right through.