Janelle Monáe – “Sincerely Jane” x “Smile” Live At The Recording Academy

Ever talented Janelle Monae stopped by at The Recording Academy in Santa Monica, CA to give a special acoustic performance of “Smile” and “Sincerely, Jane” [both from ] and to talk about the positive response her latest album has received – The Archandroid is out now.

Monae performed the touching “Smile” and “Sincerely, Jane,” two tracks taken from her debut EP. The artists also sits down to briefly answer five questions, including her take on the overwhelmingly positive response to her debut LP The ArchAndroid and the impact of musical theatre on her style and delivery. — ArjanWrites

Photography by Neil Raja for SoulCulture.

The Atlanta-based artist also comments on her “Best Urban/Alternative Performance” Grammy nomination for “Many Moons” in 2009:

Janelle Monáe talks about her musical theatre influences:

…and her reactions to critics’ praise: