TODAY | September 12, 2013
>>> she is known for her funky critically acclaimed music, awesome dance moves and is fearless in rocking her sky high hairdo.
>> and now she's come out with her second cd. it's called the electric lady . we're so happy to have you with us.
>> i'm honored. i'm humbled. i love y'all.
>> the very first thing you notice when someone takes a quick glance at yo is your hair.
>> it's a monet.
>> how much work goes into the monet?
>> it's a lot of love a lot of ideas.
>> you don't give your secrets away. you are a fascinating young lady . from kansas city , right?
>> born and raised.
>> tell us what your musical influences were.
>> i grew up in a musical family. my dad. his family. in the choir. according to my auntie i would sing michael jackson songs in the choir. i was always listening to bad or beat it.
>> that's funny if you break into that at church. that's funny. that's a sermon.
>> absolutely. i was preaching. get it together. we in church.
>> a lot of people just got to know you because you sing along with the group fun. how did that collaboration come about?
>> they reached out to me. they were big fans of my last album. they pretty much reached out a couple times like we really wanted you to be on the song. i listened to it and i loved the song. they were on tour with me. they opened up for me. yeah, yeah. we had a relationship. it was great. i'm honored to be on such a big song like that.
>> the critics are going crazy over this. how could someone so young be understanding all of it so well and with such grace. you have a beautiful spirit about you.
>> thank you so much. i'm very thankful. this is my second full-length album. it's a double album , and i got the opportunity to go for it. i brought in an orchestra, horn players. i duet with erika bondu. solange knoles. and i got a chance to work with my musical hero prince.
>> what do they think back home?
>> i hope they're proud. i always want to make them proud. that's the bad thing is leaving the family. they're so supportive that they make me want to keep working hard.
>> you can tell how well you were raised. there's a song you have called tight rope . i was at the billboard music awards and that song came on and the whole place exploded. there was something about that song tight rope .
>> hold on.
>> show us how to do it.
>> this is your morning cardio.