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Chrisette Michele

Chrisette Michele
Michele performing in Brooklyn, New York, August 2007
Background information
Birth name Chrisette Michele Payne
Born (1982-12-08) December 8, 1982
Central Islip, New York, U.S.
Origin Patchogue, New York, U.S.[1]
Genres R&B, soul, jazz, hip hop soul
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano
Years active 2006–present
Labels Def Jam Records, Motown Records
Associated acts, Jay-Z, Ne-Yo Wale, Nas, Rick Ross, Game
Website .com.thisischrisettemichelewww

Chrisette Michele Payne (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Chrisette Michele, is an American Grammy Award-winning R&B and soul singer-songwriter. She is signed to the Motown Records[2] and won a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2009 for her song "Be OK".


  • Biography 1
  • Music career 2
    • Beginnings 2.1
    • I Am (2007) 2.2
    • Epiphany (2009) 2.3
    • Let Freedom Reign (2010) 2.4
    • Better and R&B Divas LA (2013–present) 2.5
  • Discography 3
  • Tours 4
  • Awards and nominations 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


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


Michele has been featured on several 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)

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)

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)

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)

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

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)


  1. ^ Gamboa, Glenn. "Chrisette Michele has an 'Epiphany'", Newsday, May 3, 2009.
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Cost 2 Coast Presents". January 30, 2013. Retrieved 31 January 2013. 
  4. ^ GRAMMY Nominated Chrisette Michele to Co-Headline "The Art of Love Tour"
  5. ^ New Music: Chrisette Michele "Epiphany" Off New Album - Listen Now!
  6. ^ Caulfield, Keith (May 13, 2009). "Chrisette Michele Scores First No. 1 On Billboard 200".  
  7. ^ "Rick Ross "Teflon Don" In Stores Now". Retrieved 2011-01-09. 
  8. ^ """Album Cover:Chrisette Michele-"Better. 

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