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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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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)

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������ I Love This Song
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She is so talented and her voice I'd classic a true vocalist she really sings unlike most who are naked and shaken their butts she can really blow
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I love her voice people should notices her
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And why do people overlook her?
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bfw60
Love her music!!!!!!
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Another Diva no doubt!!!
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I LOVE HER
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First song I ever heard from her my way. Been in love wit her music ever since.
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Love this song
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You need me there make it beat faster.
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Her music is timeless
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Such a talent. She keeps it entertaining
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Love her the bomb
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genieneturne r
One of my FAVORITE artists...am a z i n g vocals!!! #TeamChriset t e
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Iam feeling this song.����
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I love this song
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Very inspirationa l , Strength,
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Fell out of Love, only if I had my way!
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I Love this song!
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love when u came to the Atl,,,taboo2 im a back ground singer myself ,,,it feel good to ear other artist !!!!lol
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williamkingj a m e s
Great song....
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williamkingj a m e s
Very great song..
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walksinwater 7
This groove plays like a sweet lick of cotton candy ice cream but, I'm enjoying every lick.
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This Is My Favorite Song From Her ♡
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yvettethomps o n 6 0
I love this song it speaks the truth about lovin your mate.
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ladyk92482
Love love her music and style.
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I love your style of music..... The way u sing omg soooo sweet music just touch every bone within the body...... On june 27th 2015 my first daughter an father dance will be 2 the song(joy) keep up the good work.....an don't change anything because u are a great artist ...... an your all of your music is a christening to our soul
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I love her music
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Hi ms lady I will love to meet you one day I just want to be just like you I play your song all the time when I am feel blue
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Epiphany help me through a lot of long days when going through a divorce
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She has a very special unique voice nd that's why i her music
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She's a serious a** singer
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Still get chills whenever I hear this song... Definition of soul music!
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Glad you visiting new orleans
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My husband and I first dance( wedding) was to a couple of forevers. LOVE THAT SONG!
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Love won't leave me out!!!
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My wedding song. Our first dance
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Wya we miss you boo
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Beautiful beautiful just beautiful .one of Gods gift to the world...
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Oohhwee this song....
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I love her, this songs brings back memories
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j.palmer5689
Say iPhone 5 times and pick a color and post this on 5 other songs and look under your pillow.
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Beautiful wedding song
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She the boom beautiful music god put another good one the map
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Cool chic
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HER SONGS HAVE SO MUCH OF MY LIFE IN HER LYRICS
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Love her songs
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Love this woman
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Love her and this song
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