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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

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 :)
Your music is so awesome. Love it.
My favorite song
a couple of forevers!<3
willgivens75
To me the best female singers out there today
I LOVE THIS SONG .. I LOVE TO SEE YOU IN CONCERT
LOVE THIS SONG!!!!!!!
True talent....
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
You're awesome. Keep it coming!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
sheliaizajew e l
Beautiful voice....cla s s y
.. I would love to sing with Chrisette !!
SE SING BEAUTIFUL MUSIC!!!
Love EVERYWORD of this song!
She very good away very talented she help me get through the bad times of my life "so far me i away will say her music is the Best!
drake looked sexy in the video
She represent Long Island to the fullest
geenote126
Soooo much in Love with her voice, talents & neo-soul swag.I'm always .Better after I hear her songs.
my wife brought tickets for us to see chrisette in Richmond va tonight, her favorite cd is epiphany every track at the LANDMARK
Ur voice penertrates time line sol shocking
I love chrisette michele!
Absolute Beauty... <3 <3 <3
Love her all the way out here in Hawaii
Love her since day one....
sherrigomcne i l
Beautiful voice, very unique, I love her music!!!!!!
Chrisette is so talented. I really love all of her songs!!
Beautiful wedding song.... A Couple of Forevers
sarah.kalala
I fell in love with her the first time I listened to the I Am album... 6 years later and she still gets me every time! She's right up there will Jill for me.
It's over baby
Love her very good singer awesome voice
This song make you wanna get married over & over to the same person...... . . . . . . j u s t a couple of forevers
nuthin lik a real voice!!!
Hervoice is so beautiful. This woman is a true singer that can do different styles of music . She is in class of her own. You Go Girl!!!!
Chrisette Michele...is so underated. Love your music girl!!!
Love it!! The sound, her voice, thank U for an original!
funnyvalenti n e s 2
She is so underrated. True talent that keeps getting better and better. Better pick it up today...
I love BETTER and U SHOULD LET ME WIN , O and a COUPLE OF FOUREVERS
Ima be okay because i speak it... And chrisette just lead the harmony ... That's my girl :)
WOW !!!! that's all i can say !!!!WOW!!!!! ! !
lovin this album
Love it!
Great album!! Chrisette!!
almaajid
one of my favorite female artist
anika.wagner
My absolute favorite song its on repeat in my car!
OK, Pandora... I'm waiting for Better... it came out 7/11/13... How long to add it to the rotatation?? ? :)
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