The song "Tightrope" had Janelle Monae on the world stage at the Grammys Sunday night.
Her father said it was on a smaller stage when she belted out her first hit.
"I saw it years ago when she was doing a talent show, I was like, Wow, she's not good like average person, she's really good.' There was some extra ingredients there," Monae's father, Michael Robinson, said.
Monae, a 25-year-old Kansas City, Kan., native, weaves into her music pieces of her old neighborhood, including experiences from the 21st Street and Quindaro Avenue area where she grew up and Schlagle High School.
"She's a beautiful example that you can make it, that you can come from nothing with a background like she had -- not beautiful -- she kept her mind right," Robinson said.
Music fills every corner of the House of Prayer on N. 18th Street in Kansas City, Kan., during Sunday services. On the pulpit you can find Monae's cousin.
"We called her pumpkin growing up, she makes us all proud," pastor Bernard Crawford said.
He said he feels her music is a blessing to anyone who hears it.
"She has her own style, I thank god for that. Didn't compromise. She still has values and music anyone can listen to," Crawford said.
Two Grammy nominations make her father beyond proud, but he feels she's got plenty of hits left inside of her.
"She won't be a one-hit wonder. You haven't even seen the best of Janelle. The best is yet to come, by far," Robinson said.