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Chrisette Michele

In a very short span of time, R&B singer/songwriter Chrisette Michele shot from small-time performer up to one of Def Jam's most promising talents, purely based on her unique instrument -- a gorgeous and effortlessly versatile singing voice colored with Billie Holiday-esque inflections of vocal pop and jazz. The jazz-influenced vocalist, born Chrisette Michele Payne in 1982, developed her pipes through singing gospel, first performing for a congregation at age four. God and music were clearly instrumental in her upbringing: her father, who also played the organ, was a deacon, and her mother was the church's choir director. Growing up in Patchogue, New York, a small town on Long Island, the young singer's parents always kept her busy with tap dancing, piano lessons, choir rehearsals, and the like. But at age 17, Chrisette had an epiphany. After a teacher gave her a CD containing the bossa nova standard "The Girl from Ipanema," she was immediately won over to jazz by Brazilian jazz singer Astrud Gilberto's voice. She spent endless hours isolated in a room with a piano learning jazz standards as they were sung by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, and other greats. She wound up studying vocal and jazz performance at Five Townes College on Long Island.

When she began doing gigs at local venues, it was mainly for small audiences at open mikes or for auditions. However, shortly thereafter, neo-soul singer India.Arie, who spotted her at Manhattan's Village Underground club, enlisted Chrisette to be her opening act, as did Kem and Angie Stone. And at that same club, she was also discovered by representatives of Def Jam, who were enamored with her vocal abilities and had her signed to the label by 2006. At the end of the year, Def Jam brought her out in full force, allowing her to write and sing the hooks for Jay-Z's "Lost Ones" and Nas' Nat King Cole-inspired "Can't Forget About You." Her album debut, I Am, followed in June 2007. Adding to the album's influences of gospel, adult alternative pop, and hip-hop, she wrote all the songs herself and worked closely with artists/producers Babyface, Salaam Remi, John Legend, and will.i.am. For Epiphany, released in March 2009, the majority of the songwriting was farmed out to the likes of Chuck Harmony and Rodney Jerkins; it topped the R&B and Billboard 200 charts despite lacking a major single. Chrisette was back to writing most of the material for November 2010's Let Freedom Reign, an album produced entirely by Harmony. While it debuted within the Top Ten of Billboard's R&B chart, it was her last album for Def Jam. She switched to Motown for Better, released in June 2013, with input from several producers, including Harmony, Carvin & Ivan, Oak & Pop, and Wizzy Wow. ~ Cyril Cordor & Andy Kellman, Rovi
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Selected Discography

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Track List: A Couple Of Forevers (Single)

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Track List: Goodbye Game (Radio Single)

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Track List: I'm A Star (Single)

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Track List: If I Have My Way (Cd Single)

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Track List: Let Me Win (Single)

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Track List: Your Joy (Cd Single)

Comments

Good morning hope good day at work,I'm run few go get my hair done.
I leave this time not come back i mean this time. Make sure leaving. .......
Love her and this song
Another fav. I love her music
I so love her my wedding song 6-30 2014 Mrs. Carter I am
She is a beautiful singer love this song
Love this song
Did she just sing the Holy Hell out of this song or what .
This is what is said when you're completely done
Oh Chrisette! You just schooled 99% of these b**ches in the industry! Yess! Sing that s**t boo!
This woman has one of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard!!!
This One Is The It ...
Love this song
It would be nice....
one of my favs!!!
I LOVE IT
m-lanier
True grown folks music.
I'm digg'n this....remi n d s me of Love
My wedding song to be!!��
INCREDIBLE SONG, AMAZING ARTIST. .
Cuddle CD!!!!
I have every CD she's made.. I love her music.
funnyvalenti n e s 2
I have this CD but do not recall this song on there. There must have an extended edition.
glamslamr
Sister Soul! Love love love!!!!
You sing girl!!
Love her voice unique!!
My soul sister!
Beautiful!
This song literally gorgeous, one of those songs that you can see in your mind and feel in your chest.
I love her songs
babykbedatpi m p
Chrisette is one of the reason that I still love music.
shasha9632
Good Girl is the jam. I love that song!!!
It's been a long time since I've held such immense admiration for a singer. Thanks Chrisette for giving me a reason to live through music again.
Love her music also listen to her c.d. better track #2 stairway to heaven remix brilliant.
Love her! Golden is one of my favs.
Damn-Baby... . ( S M H )
I'm feeling this one heavy....!!
Looooooove her songs especially "blame it on me "!!!!!!! :-)
going to see her on the 27th b.b king cant wait xoxox
It came to me like an Ephinany!!! It's over, going to throw some Miley in there and say I got to letters for you FU!
My babe
SISTER has soul ! thats from the heart.
Most beautiful voice
She is soooooo soothing. ......love her swag
love her voice & style

deewillis561
Chrisettemic h e l e
love her singing
alleluiaamen
one of my favorites. girlfriend can sing her butt off.
You Go girl!
yolandaodom2 2
I love her music����
Chrisette, it can't get any BETTER than this!!! Keep em' coming :)
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