Governors Ball 2014: Janelle Monae on Performing In NYC, Future Projects (Watch)
Janelle Monae, who received the Rising Star Award at the 2013 Billboard Women in Music event in New York, injected some electricity into the opening day of Governors Ball on Friday.
Dressed in her usual black and white attire, Monae energetically performed tunes from second album, "The Electric Lady," which bowed at No. 5 on the Billboard 200. The album featured a stellar cast, including Prince, Erykah Badu, Solange Knowles, Miguel and Esperanza Spalding. During the festival, she talked to Billboard about her mindset during live shows and future projects.
“New York City is always an amazing place to perform, especially when the weather is beautiful and the people are unafraid to be crazy,” Monae says of her Governors Ball set on Randall’s Island. “I realize there are people going through everyday issues, and it is my calling to encourage them, empower them and make them feel better about themselves after they see the show.”
Monae says she often goes into “preacher mode” during live performances. “This is my church,” she explains. “I have got to give them a message that they will always remember.”
The artist has many worldwide music festival dates scheduled through August and other top-secret projects in the works.
“I’m involved with a few things that I’m excited about — a few projects that are to me big,” she says. “Once the timing is right, then I’ll release them, just like an egg from an ovary.”