September 20, 1968 |
Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA
|Occupation||Singer, radio DJ, TV Host, reality-television personality|
|Years active||1988 - Present|
Shupack, better known professionally by her stage name Michelle Visage, is an American singer, radio and television personality, as well as an equal rights activist. Born on September 20, 1968, in Perth Amboy, New Jersey. Visage is a graduate of a performing arts high school in South Plainfield, New Jersey, and then attended the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Manhattan. At 16 she won a contest as a Madonna look-alike. Shortly after finishing her studies, she headed towards New York City to pursue a career as an actor. She later resided in California and had two daughters, Lillie and Lola, with her husband.
Visage auditioned for and won a place in Seduction, an R&B and dance vocal trio assembled by Robert Clivilles and David Cole and that signed with A&M Records in 1990. The group had several pop and dance hits, including "Two to Make It Right". After the group's breakup, Visage collaborated with freestyle dance act TKA as a guest vocalist on the song "Crash (Have Some Fun)".
In 1992, she provided lead vocals to another dance act assembled by Clivilles & Cole, The S.O.U.L. S.Y.S.T.E.M. Its song "It's Gonna Be a Lovely Day", a cover version of the Bill Withers song "Lovely Day", was included on the soundtrack to The Bodyguard and became a #1 dance single that year, peaking at #34 on the Billboard Hot 100 early the next year.
In 1996 Visage became the co-host of RuPaul's VH1 talk show The RuPaul Show. She also co-hosted RuPaul on WKTU's morning show from 1996-2002. In 1997 she was featured on RuPaul's Christmas album Ho, Ho, Ho covering the Dolly Parton song "Hard Candy Christmas". She has also hosted such television programming as VH1's red carpet coverage of the 1998 Grammys and, in 2002, Grease's 25th-anniversary re-release party.
Visage was co-host of The Jamz Session on Hot 92 Jamz (KHHT) in Los Angeles from 2002-2005. In 2005, she returned to New York City where she served as co-host of The Morning Mix on (WNEW-FM) until December 2006. During the later part of 2006 she was also heard on Sirius Satellite Radio's The Beat 36, but left Sirius. On March 12, 2007, she became a co-host of the morning show on SUNNY 104.3 in West Palm Beach, Florida. On January 10, 2011, she joined 93.9 MIA in Miami as the host of the new MIA Morning Show on 93.9 MIA in Miami; she left Miami and WMIA in December 2011 and moved back to Los Angeles. On January 24, 2011, Visage debuted as the second permanent judge on the Logo TV's reality-television series RuPaul's Drag Race, where she replaced former judge Merle Ginsberg. Michelle also features on Rupaul's album Born Naked in the song "Let The Music Play".
|1988||"Seduction"||—||—||17||—||87||Nothing Matters Without Love|
|1989||"(You're My One and Only) True Love"||23||56||3||—||92|
|"Two to Make It Right"||2||—||1||—||79|
|"Free Your Body"||—||—||—||—||Non-album song|
|"Could This Be Love"||11||38||—||21||—||Nothing Matters Without Love|
|"Groove Me"||—||—||—||—||The Re-Mixes|
|"—" denotes the single failed to chart|
|1989||Dance Party USA||Herself||Episode: "11 July 1989"|
|1990||Club MTV||Herself||2 episodes|
|1997||The RuPaul Show||Herself||80 episodes|
|2002||Maybe It's Me||Tania|
|2011–present||RuPaul's Drag Race||Herself||58 episodes|
|2011–present||RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked||Herself||46 episodes|
|2013||That Sex Show||Herself||Episode: "#1.12"|
|2013–2014||The Most Popular Girls in School||Mrs. Zales||5 episodes|
|1996-2002||New York City||WKTU|
|2003-2006||New York City||Sirius Satellite Radio|
|2005-2007||New York City||WNEW - Mix 102.7|
|2007-2011||West Palm Beach||WEAT-FM|
On April 9, 2014, the RuPaul: What’s The Tee? With Michelle Visage podcast debuted. The bi-weekly show features RuPaul and Michelle’s thoughts on the behind the scenes of RuPaul's Drag Race, life advice, beauty tips, and conversations with featured guests from all corners of the entertainment world among other topics. The show is available on the What's The Tee website, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and iTunes.
- "Bio". Michelle Visage (official site). Retrieved August 22, 2013.
- "Seduction US chart history". billboard.com. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
- "Seduction UK chart history". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-21. Retrieved 2009-10-02.
- "Michelle Visage - Interview". www.EQView.com. Retrieved 1 November 2014.