Janelle Monáe Robinson is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, record producer, actress, and model. She is signed to her own imprint, Wondaland Arts Society, and Atlantic Records. After her first unofficial studio album, The Audition, she publicly debuted with a conceptual EP titled Metropolis: Suite I (The Chase), which peaked at number 115 on the Billboard 200 in the United States.
In the interview on living free as a queer African-American woman, Janelle mentions a piece of advice Stevie Wonder gave her when she was dealing with anger and trying to start recording again. After listening to Janelle’s feelings and frustrations Allure said, the music giant asked her to pull out her phone and record what he said next:
“Even when you’re upset, use words of love / ’Cause God is love / Allah is love / Jehovah is love / So don’t let your expressions, even of anger / Be confused or misconstrued / Turn them into words of expression / That can be understood by using words of love”
The recording would later become an interlude called Stevie’s Dream on her third studio album, Dirty Computer released on April 27, 2018.
“I was challenged,” she says. “It’s easy for me to just stay angry, but it’s harder for me to choose love.”
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