In light of our Independence issue this month, we feel that there is no lady better suited for the music section than Janelle Monáe – the of-the-moment artist whose songs evoke a sense of freedom, soul and energy (you can bet we sing our hearts out to We Are Young whenever it’s being played). The 26-year-old from Kansas City studied drama at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York before joining the Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia. Her love and talent for drama and performing was brought to the attention of Big Boi of Outkast, whom she met in Atlanta. Big Boi told his friend Sean P. Diddy Combs about her, who then visited her MySpace page and the rest, as they say, is history (yes, she’s signed to Diddy’s Bad Boy Records).
Out Of The Game
This Mark Ronson-produced album is the seventh for singer-songwriter Rufus Wainwright. With their many years and experiences put together, you can expect Wainright’s great vocals paired with equally great music, lyrics and collaborations. Nels Cline of Wilco, Sean Lennon, and Nick Zinner of Yeah Yeah Yeahs all make appearances at one point or another.
Formed in 2008, the group really made it big when their single We Are Young, featuring Janelle Monae, went viral on the airwaves early this year. This is the second album for the trio, made up of Nate Ruess, Jack Antonoff and Andrew Dost. Produced by Jeff Bhasker, expect Fun`s pop sounds to be amplified with influences of hip-hop and rock sounds.
by Rebecca Ferguson
Once a secretary before she joined the X Factor, the 2010 finalist has a voice that sends chills up our spine with her sultry soul sounds that have been compared to the likes of Duffy, Corrine Bailey Rae and even Amy Winehouse. Having co-written each track on her debut album, listen up for Nothing’s Real But Love, Teach Me How To Be Loved and Fighting Suspicions.