|Birth name||Kimberly Michelle Pate|
|Born||March 4, 1986  (sources differ)|
|Origin||Memphis, Tennessee, United States|
|Genres||R&B, hip hop soul, soul|
|Occupations||Singer, songwriter, record producer, pianist, guitarist, rapper|
|Labels||Atlantic Records, Jive Records, Warner Bros. Records|
|Associated acts||R. Kelly, Keyshia Cole, Mary J. Blige, Monica|
Kimberly Michelle Pate, better known by her stage name K. Michelle, is an African American recording artist, pianist, guitarist and songwriter. She first received notice in 2009 with the charting single "Fakin' It" (featuring Missy Elliott), and later went on to release the follow-up singles: "Fallin'" and "I Just Can't Do This". In the summer of 2012, K. Michelle garnered further attention by appearing in the VH1 reality series Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. Following her appearance on the show, she landed a contract deal with Warner Bros. Records. She released her long-delayed debut album Rebellious Soul on August 13, 2013. The album saw commercial success, debuting at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and selling 72,000 copies its first week.
Life and career
2008–2011: Career beginnings
K. Michelle's career began when she signed to Jive Records in December 2008. She released the buzz singles "Self Made" and "Fakin' It" in 2009 in hopes of garnering attention from the public eye. While "Self Made" peaked at #89 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and received hardly any attention, Michelle's Missy Elliott–assisted "Fakin' It" went on to attain slight attention from the urban audience for its racy content and male-bashing lyrics. In 2010, following the buzz singles' release, Michelle went on to release two follow-up singles: "I Just Can't Do This" and "How Many Times"; both of which respectively charted at #53 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs before asking to be brought out of her label contract by RCA Records in October 2011. Prior to her departure from RCA, K. Michelle was in the process of recording her debut Rebellious Soul (formerly titled Pain Medicine) that was slated to feature collaborations from the likes of R. Kelly, Trina, Usher, Gucci Mane, Akon and Missy Elliott. However, only R. Kelly's contributions saw the light of day on the final cut of the album.
2012–present: Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, Rebellious Soul and Love & Hip Hop: New York
In 2012, K. Michelle joined the cast on season one of VH1's reality TV show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. During its run, Michelle announced she would be leaving the show after the second season to move to New York to join Love & Hip Hop: New York and focus more on her music career. Following her appearance on the reality series, Michelle signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records and has since then confirmed that her debut album would likely be released sometime in 2013. K. Michelle later revealed on Twitter that her debut album has since then been revised from Pain Medicine to its current working title,Rebellious Soul. On April 22, 2013, Michelle released a promotional single and accompanying music video called "I Just Wanna" via iTunes and YouTube.
In May 2013, she released the lead single from Rebellious Soul called "V.S.O.P." The album was released on August 13, 2013. The album sold 72,000 copies in its first week. "Can't Raise A Man" Scheduled to be released January 9, 2014 as the next single.
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions||Sales|
|What's The 901?||
|For Colored Girls/Pre-Pain Medicine||
|Signed, Sealed, & Delivered||
|0 Fucks Given||
|Still No Fucks Given||
|Year||Title||Peak chart position||Album|
|2010||"I Just Can't Do This"||—||53||N/A|
|2011||"How Many Times"||—||53|
Other charted songs
|Year||Title||Peak chart position||Album|
|2009||"Self Made" (featuring Trina & Gucci Mane)||89||N/A|
|"Fakin' It" (featuring Missy Elliott)||100||N/A|
|"Love Is"||2010||R. Kelly||Love Letter|
|"Put It In"||2012||Bobby V||Dusk Till Dawn|
|2012–2013||Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||Herself|
|2013–present||Love & Hip Hop||Herself|
- K. Michelle at The Breakfast Club. Interview with Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee. November 20, 2012. The Breakfast Club. WWPR. New York City, New York.
- her alma mater, University of Florida
- Muhammad, Latifah, K. Spouse = Jarvis Jones Michelle Confirms She's Leaving Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, BET Music News, 18 April 2013. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
- K. Michelle Talks "Rebellious Soul", Winning Once She Stopped Caring, YouKnowIGotSoul 1 February 2013. Retrieved 15 September 2013.
- "K. Michelle Chart History (Peak Dates)". Billboard. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
- "K. Michelle: "I’m the Happiest I've Been in My Career"". bet.com. August 2, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
- Danielle Canada (July 1, 2011). "K. Michelle Says "Fawk Jive Records", Talks R. Kelly Mentorship, Crush On Lupe Fiasco". hiphopwired.com. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
- "Love & Hip Hop Atlanta » Cast › K.Michelle". vh1.com. Retrieved August 29, 2012.
- "News | K. Michelle Signs Major Record Deal With Warner Bros, Talks Being Blessed [EXCLUSIVE". Singersroom. 2012-11-19. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
- "Twitter / kmichelle: MY ALBUM "REBELLIOUS SOUL"". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-08-20.
- Bryson, Derrick (September 1, 2010). "K. Michelle on Her New Album 'Pain Medicine'". Essence.com. Retrieved 2012-09-13.
- "K. Michelle Album & Song Chart History: R&B/Hip-Hop Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved August 29, 2012.