Saying hello to summer means saying hello to an abundance of feel good, refreshing music! Which is why I am presenting Janelle Monáe to you. This woman can sing and dance, and kind of reminds me of Michael Jackson when she’s wearing her suit and dancing shoes. Her website describes her first full-length LP, The ArchAndroid, as the story of “Cindi Mayweather, the heroine of Monáe’s debut album Metropolis. She has been sent to free the citizens of Metropolis from the Great Divide, a secret society using time travel to suppress freedom and love throughout the ages. “It’s said that when the ArchAndroid returns, it will mean freedom for the android community,” explains Monáe. “Cindi Mayweather realizes that she is indeed the ArchAndroid.” The theme of her music is magical and imaginative, and it’s difficult to not be hypnotized by her fluent swing. Her debut EP, Metropolis, has been Grammy-nominated, and The ArchAndroid’s first single, Tightrope (feat. Big Boi), is perhaps her most well known piece. Monáe describes her work as “an organic symphonic sound.”
I like to listen to her album from start to finish on a sunny day. There’s just something about a blue sky and groovy tunes that makes me feel so swaggin.’ As posted on her website, the journey of the past two years has taught her to embrace the things that make her unique and to continue being an even bigger agent of change, especially as an artist. Her hope is that listeners, inspired by the album, “embrace their own superpowers and become the voice of change, the hero — or The ArchAndroid — in their own communities.” So, embrace your your inner hero and let Janelle Monáe’s music lead you to become the voice of change.