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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Better

1. Be In Love

2. A Couple Of Forevers

3. Let Me Win

5. Love Won't Leave Me Out

6. Interlude (In My Head Better)

7. Better

8. Snow

9. Visual Love

11. Interlude (In My Heart Convo With Boyfriend)

12. You Mean That Much To Me

13. Supa

15. Get Through The Night

17. Ten Foot Stilettos

19. I'm Still Fly

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Track List: Let Freedom Reign

2. I'm A Star

3. Number One

5. I Don't Know Why, But I Do

7. Goodbye Game

8. So Cool

10. So In Love (Skit)

11. I'm Your Life

12. I'm From NY (Ski)t

13. Unsaid

14. If Nobody Sang Along

15. I Know Nothing

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Track List: Epiphany

1. Epiphany (I'm Leaving)

2. Notebook

3. What You Do

4. Blame It On Me

5. All I Ever Think About

6. Playin' Our Song

7. Another One

8. On My Own

9. Fragile

10. Mr. Right

11. Porcelain Doll

12. I'm Okay

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Track List: I Am

1. Like A Dream

2. Work It Out

3. If I Have My Way

4. Best Of Me

5. Your Joy

6. Good Girl

7. Be Ok Feat. Will.I.Am

8. Mr. Radio

9. Golden

10. Let's Rock

11. Love Is You

12. In This For You

13. Is This The Way Love Feels

14. Data Track

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Track List: A Couple Of Forevers (Single)

1. A Couple Of Forevers

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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)

1. Let Me Win

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Track List: Steady (Single)

1. Steady

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Track List: The Lyricists' Opus

1. My Favorite Thing That Ever Happened (Feat. Justin Lyons)

2. Art

3. Super Chris

4. Together

5. Hennessy Shot

6. Make Us One (Feat. The Rich Hipster Chorus)

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Track List: Unbreakable (Single)

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Track List: Your Joy (Cd Single)

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Makes me feel I can sing when singing; when singing her songs.
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Add more songs to her station is making me love her even more she very special
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She is a God given talent she should be in the music hall of fame some day
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oalero00
An underrated young lady who sings from her bottom of her ten foot stilettos. WOW.. and even better live in concert!
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bringing me back
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Ayyyyyyyyy this my jam
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2007 LOVE THIS SONG!!! Can let this one go on repeat for hours so calming relaxing and besutiful. If I had my way...
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You know she look Good in those TEN FOOT STILETTOS
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Add more songs about her in this station please I like her music
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Her voice and music are beautiful and good
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my favorite song
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I love this woman's voice. Her songs are beautiful. She is one of my favorite artists.
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urbrefstinx
What happened to her self-produce d album The Lyricists' Opus?
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Beautiful voice beautiful sista
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One sweet looking honey with a voice to match.
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I love your music
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That's all you need forever,infi n i t y 8 two circles never ending always meet in middle a extending of perfect harmony
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samiullahhen d e r s o n 6 8 4
I love her voice. Is is butter with that jazz tone. Too bad, the majority of the world is tone deaf and she isn't bigger than she should be.
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moses_quiana
Nice ...and her story(discov e y ) is refreshingly beautiful
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Her music is sensual.
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Very dynamic voice and skills. Very underrated by mainstream. All of the REAL singers are. Thanks for keeping it 100 through the years.
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This is my jam!!!
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yes! this was the song!
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Great performer with a soul, seasoned voice... Beautiful!
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I love chrisette shes amazing ! Go ��
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sheree.capeh a r t
I love this whole album! She's a great live singer and performer.
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I like your songs they are very soulful
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The Best Ever!!!
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That sweet boo,that why I love you a sweetheart. Naturally u first my first love.
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Voice is sweet like honey enjoy listening to Chrisette Michelle.
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Loving u don't mean you have be a super woman,just be my woman,not mommy,workin g woman,cook,m a i d . . . . j u s t be my lady G,,,gorgeous .
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I adore Chrisette work and her fashion statements. Keep up the good work honey. Can't wait until the next album
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Love it
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Just blame it on me...
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laurenequa06 1 9
Love this song....can truly relate
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Love her music her Voice range is amazing she's SOUNDS BETTER THAN BEYONCE IJS BEYONCE CAN NOT HIT THE DIFFERENT RANGES CHRIS CAN HIT
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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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