Kansas City, Kan., native Janelle Monae will be one of several guest musicians on the upcoming Chic album.
Nile Rodgers, who co-founded the funk-soul band with Bernard Edwards in the mid-1970s, announced this week that Monae, Elton John and a guest to be named later would perform on the album, expected to be released this summer. “I’ll Be There,” a track off the new album, was released in March. Chic was most popular in the late-1970s, when it had two No. 1 hits: “Le Freak” and “Good Times.”
In March, Duran Duran announced that Monae would be one of several guests on its forthcoming album. Rodgers is helping produce that album.
Monae, 29, moved to Atlanta in 2001, where she met Big Boi of the hip-hop group OutKast. She would appear on their “Idlewild” album, released in 2006. In 2007, she released the EP “Metropolis: Suite One (The Chase).” She followed that with two full-lengths: “The ArchAndroid” in 2010 and “The Electric Lady” in 2013. She has been nominated for six Grammys. She performed most recently in Kansas City in November 2013. Here’s the review of that show.