Michel'le

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Michel'le
Birth name Michel'le Toussaint
Born (1970-12-05) December 5, 1970 (age 43)
Compton, California, U.S.
Genres R&B
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1988–present
Labels Ruthless Records
Priority Records
Death Row Records
Associated acts Dr. Dre
Suge Knight
Eazy-E
2Pac
R&B Divas: Los Angeles
Website http://michellenow.com/

Michel'le Toussant (/mɪʃɛˈl/; born December 5, 1970 in Compton, California) better known as Michel'le, is an American R&B singer-songwriter known for her squeaky, childlike speaking voice, which is a startling contrast to her strong vocals. Since its July 2013 premiere, Michel'le is currently one of six members on the hit TV One reality show R&B Divas: Los Angeles.

Career[edit]

Michel'le was originally the featured female vocalist on World Class Wreckin' Cru's 1987 single "Turn Off the Lights". Michel'le was signed to Eazy-E's Ruthless Records. In 1989, she released her self-titled debut album, produced entirely by then-boyfriend Dr. Dre. The album contained "No More Lies" and the hit singles "Nicety" and "Something in My Heart." Michel'le sold 2.7 million copies worldwide. During the Suge Knight shakedown incident, Eazy was forced to sign over Dr. Dre, The D.O.C. and Michel'le. In 1998, she released her second album Hung Jury on Death Row Records but it garnered little attention and no hit records. She also sung on 2Pac's song "Run Tha Streets" on his album, All Eyes On Me. Following Dr. Dre's departure from Death Row Records, Michel'le and Dr. Dre parted ways. Her most recent music was a contribution to the Dysfunktional Family soundtrack in 2003. She has since confirmed through several media outlets that she's been working on new material and looking for a label for her third album. A trailer video for Michel'le's brand new single "Freedom To Love" can be seen on YouTube. Currently, as of 2014, Michel'le is part of the cast of TV One's R&B Divas LA.

Personal life[edit]

Toussant is an American R&B vocalist with Louisiana Creole heritage. She is known for her squeaky, childlike speaking voice which is a startling contrast to her strong singing vocals. Michel'le and Dr. Dre have a son named Marcel (born 1991).[1] She married Death Row Records CEO/founder Suge Knight in 1999. They have a daughter Balei, who was born in 2002.[2][3]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album Peak chart positions[4] Certifications
US US R&B
1989 Michel'le 35 5
1998 Hung Jury 56

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Positions[6] Album
US Hot 100 US R&B
1989 "No More Lies" 7 2 Michel'le
1990 "Nicety" 29 5
"Keep Watchin'" 65
"Something in My Heart" 31 2
1991 "If?" 22
1998 "Hang Tyme" 66 Hung Jury
"Can I Get a Witness?"
2011 "Freedom to Love" 91 non-album single

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ro, Ronin (2007). Dr. Dre: The Biography. New York City, United States: Thunder's Mouth Press. ISBN 1-56025-921-3. 
  2. ^ Alcorn, Jonathan (2007-06-17). "Like Knight and Day?". washingtonpost.com. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  3. ^ http://www.starpulse.com/news/index.php/2010/01/10/michel_le_toussaint_suing_suge_knight_ov_1 Michel'le Toussaint Sue Suge Knight
  4. ^ "Billboard Album Chart Positions". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  5. ^ http://riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?content_selector=gold-platinum-searchable-database
  6. ^ "Artist Chart History - Michel'le". billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 

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