"Tightrope" by Janelle Monae

This week, our throwback artist is a personal favorite of mine, Janelle Monae. 

Janelle Monae appeared onto the music scene in 2005 as an emerging artist. She was selling CDs out of the back of her car in Atlanta starting out, but her music began to draw attention of songwriters and producers. Janelle Monae also starred in the movie Hidden Figures. Over her time in the music industry, she has been nominated for several Grammys and was the Billboard Women in Music's rising star for 2015.

In addition to being a musician and artist, Janelle Monae uses her platform as a star to advocate for Black Americans and the LGBTQIA community. Monae came out in January 2020 as gender nonbinary. 

The message of "Tightrope" is to not let the words of others get you too up or too down when you are being criticized or praised and how keeping yourself balanced is the most important thing you can do for yourself. 

 

Here is a link to Janelle Monae's song, "Tightrope".