|Birth name||Kimberly Michelle Pate|
|Born||March 4, 1982|
|Genres||Hip hop soul, soul, R&B|
|Occupation(s)||Singer, television personality, songwriter, pianist, guitarist,|
|Instruments||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Associated acts||P!nk, Farrah Franklin, Bobby V, Jadakiss, Lil Boosie, Ne-Yo, Mýa, Adina Howard, R.Kelly|
Kimberly Michelle Pate (born March 4, 1982) better known by her stage name K. Michelle, is an American singer, songwriter, television personality, guitarist and pianist. In 2009, She was noted when she signed a deal with Jive Records and released the R&B charting single "Fakin' It" featuring Missy Elliott. She later went on to release three follow-up R&B charting singles: "Fallin'", "I Just Can't Do This", and "How Many Times" before leaving Jive Records. In 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 Atlantic Records. She released her long-delayed debut studio album Rebellious Soul on August 13, 2013. The album saw commercial success, debuting at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 and number 1 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. K. Michelle's The Rebellious Soul Musical directed by Golden Globe winner Idris Elba debuted on VH1 on August 19, 2014. In 2014 Michelle released her second studio album Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? which debuted at number six on the Billboard 200.
Michelle was born Kimberly Michelle Pate in Memphis, Tennessee, on March 4, 1982. As a child, Michelle learned to play piano and guitar, and took voice lessons from Bob Westbrook, who also trained pop singers Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. She graduated from Overton High School in 2000. She earned a music scholarship to Florida A&M University by yodeling at her audition. She was crowned the Freshman Attendant of the Homecoming Court in late 2000 at the age of 18. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority having pledged FAMU's Beta Alpha chapter in the Fall of 2001. She reports that she stopped attending classes for a short time to have a baby boy in September 2004, then returned to finish college. The father of her son ended up marrying her sorority sister.
Michelle's age was reported as 18 in late 2000 in her college freshman yearbook, which sets her birth year at 1982. However, her age was reported as 31 in 2015 by The Source magazine, which would put her birth year at 1984. AllMusic's biography of her gives a birth year of 1986. The editor of "GossipWeLove.com" commented on the discrepancies in reported birth year, registering disbelief that Michelle could have entered college, and won her class's prom beauty contest, at age 14. Michelle formed a college friendship with Basketball Wives actress Royce Reed who was born in 1981.
2009–13: Career beginnings, TV work and debut album
In 2009, K. Michelle's career began when she signed a deal with Jive Records, and released the buzz single "Fakin' It" in which its the same year in hopes of garnering attention from the public eye. The Missy Elliott-assisted single went on to attain slight attention (peaking at number 100 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs) from the urban audience for its sexual lyrics. In 2010, following the buzz single's release, K. Michelle went on to release three follow-up singles: "Fallin", "I Just Can't Do This" and "How Many Times"; which respectively charted at numbers 56, 53, and 53 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, before being bought out of her label contract by Jive Records in October 2011. Prior to her departure from Jive Records, K. Michelle was in the process of recording her debut album, Pain Medicine that was slated to feature collaborations from the likes of Trina, Gucci Mane, Akon, Usher, Missy Elliott and R. Kelly, however, the album was scrapped due to her departure from Jive Records.
In 2012, K. Michelle joined the cast on season one of VH1's reality TV show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. During its run, K. Michelle announced she would be leaving the show after the second season to move to New York to join Love & Hip Hop: New York for its fourth season to boost ratings and focus more on her music career. Following her appearance on the reality series, K. Michelle signed a deal with Atlantic Records and has since then confirmed that her debut album would likely be released sometime in 2013. The song, titled "I Just Wanna" was released as a buzz single for the album. "V.S.O.P." followed as the lead single on May 20, 2013. The track was produced by Pop & Oak, and samples "Very Special" by Debra Laws as well as "That's How Long" by The Chi-Lites. "V.S.O.P." has reached at number 89 on the US Hot 100 Singles chart and number 27 on the US Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The music video (directed by Benny Boom) was released on June 29, 2013.
Rebellious Soul (her debut studio album) was released on August 13, 2013 and debuted at number 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and number 1 on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, with first-week sales of 72,000 copies in the United States. As of December 2014, Rebellious Soul has sold over 260,000 copies. On November 4, 2013, she headlined her first tour, The "Rebellious Soul" Tour presented by BET Music Matters. The 19 city tour kicked off in San Francisco and ended December 3, 2013 in Boston. It included stops in Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, and Atlanta. Opening acts featured Chris Brown protégé Sevyn Streeter and Tiara Thomas. On January 14, 2014, the album's second single "Can't Raise a Man" peaked at number 94 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and 23 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
2014–present: Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?
K. Michelle announced that she would be joining Robin Thicke on the North American leg of his Blurred Lines Tour, which began on February 21, 2014, in Atlanta, Georgia. On February 14, 2014, she released her mixtape project titled Still No @#!*% Given. On March 5, 2014, VH1 announced that K. Michelle would star in her own spin-off of Love & Hip Hop. K. Michelle: My Life chronicles the singer's life after Love & Hip Hop as well as her music career and life with family and friends. It premiered on November 3, 2014.
On September 16, 2014, K. Michelle released "Love 'Em All" on iTunes as the first single from her second album Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?. Kevin, editor-in-chief of Spin Media website Direct Lyrics, described "Love 'Em All" as a "powerful and gritty" song and a "heartbreaker anthem". On November 17, 2014, K. Michelle released "How Do You Know?", her third single from Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?, and it shot to number one on the iTunes R&B chart.
K. Michelle announced that she would go on a joint tour with Keyshia Cole beginning in January 2015 to promote her VH1 reality show K. Michelle: My Life and sophomore album, as well as Keyshia Cole's album Point of No Return.
On October 29, 2014, K. Michelle released the teaser trailer for Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?. The album was released through Atlantic Records on December 9, 2014. The album cover was also released a few hours later on her Twitter and Facebook page. The album debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 chart, number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart and number one on the R&B chart, selling 87,000 copies in the first week of its release. Although Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? charted lower than Rebellious Soul, it topped Rebellious Soul's first-week sales. In its second week, the album sold 30,000 copies, bringing its sales to around 120,000 copies. As of June 2015, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? has sold over 390,000 copies. Rebellious Soul and Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? have sold 890,000 copies worldwide.
Michelle is currently working on her third album, which is slated for a February 2016 release, according to the singer's Twitter account. The album will have more of a rock vibe, like hit single "Love 'Em All" from Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?. Michelle is also working on her home goods furniture line and is filming for three of her own reality shows, including Season 2 of her VH1 reality series K. Michelle: My Life, which is set to premiere in late 2015. Her hookah bar "Puff Lounge" is scheduled for a grand opening in late 2015 at a New Orleans and Memphis location.
- Ladies Make Some Noise Tour (supporting R.Kelly) (2009)
- Blurred Lines Tour (supporting Robin Thicke) (2014)
Awards and nominations
|2014||Rebellious Soul Musical||Piper|
|2012–13, 2015||Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta||Herself|
|2013–14||Love & Hip Hop||Herself|
|2014–present||K. Michelle: My Life||Herself|
|2015||Love & Hip Hop Live: The Wedding||Herself|
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