Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Janelle Monáe Does Her Thing At The White House For Annual Easter Egg Roll

Critically acclaimed R&B artist Janelle Monáe brought her singular brand of soul to an appreciative audience yesterday for the 134th annual White House Easter Egg Roll. During her set, Monáe did an exuberant cover of  the Jackson 5 classic "I Want You Back." She also performed the songs "Cold War" and "Tightrope" from her Grammy-nominated debut album The ArchAndroid.  Monáe is one of the most electrifying and talented young artists on the music scene at the moment. She has a unique quality that distinguishes her from most of the other pop, hip-hop and R&B stars currently ruling the charts. She is truly a breath of fresh air. And although she's finally receiving some well-deserved accolades for her work, I still think she's quite underrated. In a way, though, I think this is a good thing. Monáe is slowly building a dedicated following through the strength of her music and live performances, rather than being over-hyped and forced down people's throats through some massive marketing campaign to the point where you're tired of the sight of her before she really hit her stride. She's earning her stripes the old-school way: through hard work and talent.

Monáe is set to perform at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on April 29, and she will be touring for the next few months in the states and overseas. There no doubt will be more dates added to her tour throughout the summer.

Monáe performing "I Want You Back" at The White House Easter Egg Roll

Monáe performing "Tightrope" at The White House Easter Egg Roll

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