Nominated for three Grammys this year as a feature on .fun's 'We Are Young,' Janelle Monae is already off to good start in 2013. The singer, who spent much of 2012 performing at a series of festivals, is set to debut her second studio album, 'The Electric Lady,' in the coming months.

The Cover Girl spokeswoman tells Billboard of her growth and excitement in releasing new music. “It’s going really well," she states. "I’ve grown a lot as a writer, as a singer, as an artist. Music unites and is really uplifting and empowering and I just pray and hope that people are inspired by the new material.”