I Am (Chrisette Michele album)

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I Am
I Am (Chrisette Michele album) cover art.jpg
Studio album by Chrisette Michele
Released June 18, 2007 (2007-06-18)
Recorded 2006–2007
Studio
Genre
Length 56:25
Label Def Jam
Producer
Chrisette Michele chronology
I Am
(2007)
Epiphany
(2009)Epiphany2009
Singles from I Am
  1. "If I Have My Way"
    Released: May 2007
  2. "Best of Me"
    Released: July 6, 2007
  3. "Be OK"
    Released: December 11, 2007
  4. "Love Is You"
    Released: April 2008

I Am is the debut album by American R&B recording artist Chrisette Michele, released in the United States on June 19, 2007 by Def Jam Recordings.

Production[edit]

Michele began working on the music that would make up I Am before she had a recording contract, and started promoting her work by visiting events for independent artists. During this time, she caught the attention of L.A. Reid, who later signed her to Island Def Jam, where she got support from producers such as Babyface, will.i.am, and John Legend.

The video for the album's lead single "If I Have My Way" premiered on VH1 Soul. The video for her second single "Best of Me" premiered on July 6, 2007 on Yahoo! Music, and was later added to VH1's video rotation. "Be OK", which features will.i.am, was released as the third single from the album, whose music video was on BET's 106 & Park on December 18, 2007. "Love Is You" was the fourth and final single and was released in 2008.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club B[2]
Billboard favorable[3]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention) 2007
Ebony favorable 2007
PopMatters 5/10 link
USA Today 3.5/4 stars 2007
The Village Voice mixed 2007

I Am debuted at number twenty-nine on the US Billboard 200, selling about 26,000 copies in its first week.[4] Despite lack of promotion, the album has thus far managed to sell 419,000 units in the United States as of late February 2009.[5]

I Am received generally positive reviews. Internet publication AllHipHop gave the album a stellar rating, stating: "She is Chrisette Michele and with her debut, I Am (Def Jam), this constituent of the House of Hov delivers one of the quietest, yet most powerful albums out there." The album's third single, "Be OK", won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.

Track listing[edit]

I AmStandard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Like a Dream"
3:59
2. "Work It Out"
  • Payne
  • Grant
  • Lindsey
4:21
3. "If I Have My Way"
4:02
4. "Best of Me" 3:53
5. "Your Joy"
4:32
6. "Good Girl"
4:04
7. "Be OK" (featuring will.i.am)
3:43
8. "Mr. Radio"
  • Payne
  • Grant
  • Lindsey
3:54
9. "Golden"
  • Payne
  • Joseph Smart
4:23
10. "Let's Rock" 4:44
11. "Love Is You" 3:17
12. "In This for You"
  • Payne
  • Remi
3:41
13. "Is This the Way Love Feels"
  • Payne
  • Kelvin Wooter
6:46
14. "I Am One" (hidden track)
  • Payne
  • Wooten
3:45
Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Country Date Format Label Catalog Ref.
United Kingdom June 18, 2007 Island 14466 [10]
United States June 19, 2007 Def Jam B000877402 [11]
Canada July 10, 2007
Germany July 24, 2007 Universal Music [12]
Japan November 21, 2007 Universal Japan 91147 [13]

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