Chrisette Michele

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Chrisette Michele
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Michele performing in Brooklyn, New York, August 2007
Background information
Birth name Chrisette Michele Payne
Born (1982-12-08) December 8, 1982 (age 32)
Central Islip, New York, U.S.
Origin Patchogue, New York, U.S.[1]
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Years active 2006–present
Associated acts

Chrisette Michele Payne (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Chrisette Michele, is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter. She was signed to the Motown Records[2] 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.

Music career[edit]


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)[edit]

Michele's debut album, I Am, was released on June 18, 2007.[3] 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.

Epiphany (2009)[edit]

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.[4] 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.[5] Released on May 5, 2009, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 selling 83,000 copies in its opening week.[6]

Michele has worked with rapper Rick Ross and Canadian rapper/singer Drake on the fourth single of Ross's album Teflon Don called "Aston Martin Music". The song was released on October 5, 2010.[7]

Let Freedom Reign (2010)[edit]

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)[edit]

Michele's fourth album, Better, was released on June 11, 2013 through Motown Records.[8] 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


Awards and nominations[edit]

Vibe Music Award

  • 2008, Breakthrough Artist of the Year (Nominated)

Grammy Award

  • 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)

BET Award

  • 2010, Centric Award: (Nominated)
  • 2008, Best New Artist: (Nominated)

BET J/Centric

  • 2008, Virtual Awards: Soul Approved: (Won)
  • 2008, Female Artist of the Year: (Nominated)

NAACP Image Awards

  • 2008, Outstanding New Artist: (Nominated)

Soul Train Awards

  • 2009, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist: (Nominated)
  • 2013, Best R&B/Soul Female Artist: (Nominated)

Urban Music Awards

  • 2009, Best Female Act: (Nominated)


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