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|Birth name||Chrisette Michele Payne|
December 8, 1982 |
Central Islip, New York, U.S.
|Origin||Patchogue, New York, U.S.|
|Genres||R&B, soul, jazz, hip hop soul|
|Labels||Def Jam Records, Motown Records|
|Associated acts||will.i.am, Jay-Z, Ne-Yo Wale, Nas, Rick Ross, Game|
Chrisette Michele Payne (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Chrisette Michele, is an American Grammy Award-winning R&B and soul singer-songwriter. She was signed to the Motown Records but recently left in order to sign herself under her own label Rich Hipster. She has also won a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2009 for her song "Be OK".
Michele was born in Central Islip, New York, and grew up in Patchogue. Her father was a sociologist and her mother a psychologist. Michele led gospel choirs in high school. She attended Five Towns College in Dix Hills, New York, and graduated with a vocal performance degree.
Michele has been featured on several hip hop albums. She is on The Game's album LAX on "Let Us Live". On Jay-Z's Kingdom Come she was featured on the second single "Lost One", while on Nas' Hip Hop Is Dead, she was featured three times: on the album's second single "Can't Forget About You", the Kanye West-produced "Still Dreaming", and the final track "Hope". She also appeared on the bonus track "Slow Down", from Ghostface Killah's The Big Doe Rehab.
I Am (2007)
Michele's debut album, I Am, was released on June 18, 2007. The song "Your Joy" was released on iTunes as a free single of the week. The album spawned four singles: "If I Have My Way", "Best of Me", "Be OK", and "Love Is You". The album's lead single "If I Have My Way" charted at number four on US Billboard 's Hot Adult R&B Airplay and number twenty-four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. "Best of Me" charted on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks at number twenty-one. In December 2007, "Be OK" was released as the third single, charting at number sixty-four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number twenty-one on the Hot Adult R&B Airplay. In 2008, "Love Is You" was released as the album's fourth and final single; it reached number ninety on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number twenty on the Hot Adult R&B Airplay.
In 2008, Michele appeared on the track "Rising Up" from The Roots' album Rising Down. Michele guest starred as herself in The CW's Girlfriends, in the episode entitled "What's Black-a-Lackin'?", which originally aired on February 11, 2008. She also wrote a song for Tyler Perry's House of Payne entitled "I've Gotta Love Jones". From May to July 2008 Michele embarked on a nationwide co-headlining tour with fellow soul singer Raheem DeVaughn called the Art of Love Tour; Solange Knowles served as the opening act. In September 2008, Michele performed twice at the Evening of Stars: A Tribute to Patti Labelle.
In mid-2008, Michele began recording for her second album, Epiphany. In January 2009, the album's title track was released as the lead single. Released on May 5, 2009, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 selling 83,000 copies in its opening week.
Let Freedom Reign (2010)
Michele released her third studio album, Let Freedom Reign, in 2010. The album includes the singles, "I'm a Star" and "Goodbye Game". The album features Michele performing hip-hop, R&B, as well as the dance-pop influenced "So Cool". The album debuted at number 25 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 42,000 copies in its first week.
Better and R&B Divas LA (2013–present)
Michele's fourth album, Better, was released on June 11, 2013 through Motown Records. The album debuted at number 12 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, selling 27,000 copies in its first week. It was nominated for a 2014 Grammy Award for Best R&B Album. Chrisette Michelle joined the cast of R&B Divas LA for its second season. In November 2014, Michele released her latest project entitled The Lyricist's Opus for digital download.
- Studio albums
- 2010: Love Thy Brother
- 2012: Audio Visual Presentation: Audrey Hepburn
- Extended Plays
- 2014: The Lyricists' Opus
- The Art of Love Tour (with Raheem DeVaughn) (2008)
- The Epiphany Tour (2010)
- Woman to Woman Tour (supporting Keyshia Cole) (2013)
- Liberation Tour (supporting Mary J. Blige) (2013)
- Appreciation Tour (supporting Jaheim) (2013)
Awards and nominations
Vibe Music Award
- 2008, Breakthrough Artist of the Year (Nominated)
- 2008, Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: "If I Have My Way" (Nominated)
- 2009, Best Urban/Alternative Performance: "Be OK" (Won)
- 2014, Best R&B Album: Better (Nominated)
- 2010, Centric Award: (Nominated)
- 2008, Best New Artist: (Nominated)
- 2008, Virtual Awards: Soul Approved: (Won)
- 2008, Female Artist of the Year: (Nominated)
- 2008, Outstanding New Artist: (Nominated)
- 2009, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist: (Nominated)
- 2013, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist: (Nominated)
- 2009, Best Female Act: (Nominated)
- Gamboa, Glenn. "Chrisette Michele has an 'Epiphany'", Newsday, May 3, 2009.[dead link]
- "Cost 2 Coast Presents". January 30, 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
- GRAMMY Nominated Chrisette Michele to Co-Headline "The Art of Love Tour"
- New Music: Chrisette Michele "Epiphany" Off New Album - Listen Now!
- Caulfield, Keith (May 13, 2009). "Chrisette Michele Scores First No. 1 On Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 2009-05-13.
- "Rick Ross "Teflon Don" In Stores Now". Teflondonross.com. Retrieved 2011-01-09.
- "Album Cover:Chrisette Michele-"Better"".
- Official website
- Chrisette Michele on Def Jam Recordings
- Chrisette Michele at AllMusic
- Chrisette Michele at the Internet Movie Database