Janelle Monáe is taking her musical brilliance from the stage and into the boardroom. Earlier today, Epic Records and Janelle announced the two have partnered up to start a joint venture with the singer’s Wondaland Records. Under Janelle’s record label, the singer has signed upcoming artists, Jidenna, Roman GianArthur, Deep Cotton, and St. Beauty. Janelle posted a picture of her roster on Instagram earlier on with the caption:
“We come in peace, but we mean business. Welcome to Wondaland Records” #WondalandRecords #RomanGianAurthur #StBeauty #Jidenna #janellemonae #DeepCotton #EpicRecords #LabelDeal #Blessed #Thankful.
We are all for Ms. Monáe’s mantra! Epic Chairman and CEO L.A. Reid said in a released statement:
The collective talent of the Wondaland artists is awe-inspiring. I haven’t personally witnessed a collective that sounds and looks this special in quite a while. I’ve been a longtime supporter and friend of Janelle and it is an honor to now work with her as a visionary businesswoman who brings an all-star group of talented performers to the table.
According to Janelle, each of her artists bring a distinctive sound to the table and to the world. Janelle stated:
I’m so thrilled to share Wondaland Records with the world. Each artist under Wondaland Records has unparalleled talent, incredible vision, and brings something unique to the music industry. Together, we’re creating a new movement and space for the future of music and pop culture. I’m honored to be partnering with Epic Records and my friend LA Reid to present such extraordinary talent.
Just who exactly are these artists?
Jidenna, who’s first single “Classic Man” featuring label mate Roman GianArthur hits radio stations Feb. 16, is a Brooklyn-based singer who’s “elegant and funky take on hip-hop that transforms ordinary parties into sweaty soirées.” The son of a Nigerian chief and American anthropologist’s single is available on iTunes now. Check his song out below.
Nate “Rocket Wonder and Chuck Lightning are the duo behind the group Deep Cotton. Get ready listeners, according to Epic the two transport fans “through a world of falsetto-filled funk, rule-breaking ideas baked in rock ‘n’ roll, and served up in hip-hop, all in the span of a single song. Their sole mission: give you the license to freak out.” Take a listen at their song, “We’re Far Enough From Heaven Now We Can Freak Out” (NSFW), with the eclectic video directed by Alan Ferguson aka Solange Knowles’ husband.
Roman GianArthur, a writer, producer, singer, and arranger who’s “feisty, and consistently touches the soul”. It seems the Roman’s live shows are a must see event and after viewing it online, we can’t agree more. Check out Roman’s performance of his smooth and sexy song, “Canopy” below.
Alex Belle and Isis Valentino make up the group St. Beauty where the women’s mix of rock, soul, folk and tribal music paints what Epic calls, “emotional stories, casting a spell over the listener that cannot be broken.” Listen to St. Beauty’s live performance of “AmeriClone” below.
Janelle’s got quite the talent to look out for.