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Janelle Monáe

Kansas City, Kansas, United States

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• Performed in musicals growing-up and was a singer at her Baptist church.

• Joined Kansas City's Coterie Theater Young Playwrights' Round Table at age 12.

• Left college after one year and moved to Atlanta; released her self-produced demo, The Audition, in 2003.

• Discovered by Outkast's Big Boi at an open mic night.

• Has a musical alter-ego that is an android named Cindi Mayweather, who is the protagonist of the 2010 concept album The ArchAndroid.

• Wears a "uniform" of a black and white tuxedo for every performance, in honor of her working-class roots.

• A co-founder of  the Wondaland Arts Society, which support young artists and musicians.

• Performed several times for President Obama and named on his 2016 summer playlist.