DMV artist Dejah Monae is carving out her own path toward success. Growing up in church choirs, writing poetry and playing instrumentals in bands, her love for music arose leading her to want to pursue it full time. Fast forward to her signing a distribution deal with Sony Orchard in 2020 and releasing her lasted single “Sex’d Up”, Monae has her eye on the prize.
Check out the interview I had the pleasure of conducting with Dejah Monae. She openly discusses her single, finding success and her background in music. Check it out below.
Dejah Monae’ Interview
What’s your background? What got you into music?
Singer, model, and entrepreneur, Dejah Monae’ , knew she was destined for greatness. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Landover, Maryland, she spent much of her working in her mother's daycare and doing hair. The middle child out of 3 siblings, she learned early on what hard work and diligence looked like. Starting her first job at the age of 12, she worked as a daycare worker for “Little Fingers,” just down the street from her house. At the same time, she worked in and out of different salons to make money. Moving to Atlanta, she worked as a hookah girl and continued to do hair at various malls and salons.
Growing up, she sang in the church chorus all her life; as well as played in musical bands and wrote poetry. She found out that music is what gives you hope when there is none left. Dejah knew it was time to take matters into her own hands and use her voice to change herself and those around her. Always having a big presence and a lot of energy, she decided to take the leap of faith and answer her calling to sing. Not wanting to box herself into one type of music genre, she writes and sings what makes her feel good in the moments when she is writing and in the recording booth. Singing under Distribution deal with Stachehaus/ Sony Orchard, she released newest single “Sex’d Up” in October 2020. Recently considered to be “Who's Next” by New York City's Hot 97 FM in June of 2021, she has already accumulated more than 37,000 followers across social media platforms.Recently releasing of her single “Sex Up,” the video has began to pick up momentum.
How long has music been a part of your life?
Since I was born. All of my life. I grew up on Gospel, GoGo, R&B, and jazz. My family loved music. We played music all day long. Especially my mother.
If it wasn’t for music, where would you be now?
This is a great question. I like to write to myself. And I tell myself all the time that I have no clue where I would be if it wasn’t for sound. Not just music. I’m so grateful to have music. It has gotten me through literally everything. Any emotion I feel , can be expressed in a song. That alone has gotten me to where I am today. There is healing in music, and I don’t take it for granted.
In what way do you aim to make a difference?
Wow, I have so many goals. But for now the only difference I’m focused on making is within myself. We all have this fixation of “better” and we may all define “better” differently. But we all want more, I would say the least. And the more that I want isn’t anything materialistic. The difference I’m focused on is become a better me. Because it’s not just for myself it’s for everyone around me. So, to me that is the biggest difference I ever can make. Becoming more of one with myself and this universe we all share.
What is the value of what you do to others?
I am a influential person for most. I just have a big presence. From what people tell me I bring them good luck or positive energy. I also hear that most people just feel comfortable around me.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
When I actually see myself change. Meaning something in my actions or mindset changes. When I see growth. Those are the only accomplishments I am proud of. I don’t ever acknowledge or celebrate anything else. I see everything else as easy to do and work for. Growing and reaching a higher self is way more of a self change and more so of a life challenge for me. Those are accomplishments for me.
How would you like people to remember you?
I don’t have a way I would expect someone to remember me. I’m always changing. Whether it’s my hair, my mind, my mood….lol it’s the libra in me. No, In all seriousness…lol…just remember me by my name.
What causes are you passionate about?
Domestic violence. I am 3,000% against domestic violence. And I can’t wait until I have safe houses all over this nation. So many lives are ruined and/or taken due to domestic violence. A lot of everyone’s issues always start at home. Home should always be your safest place from this world. It should be your sacred place.
What is an interesting fact about you?
I have a lot of other talents people would be surprised by.
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