Chrisette Michele

Genres: R&B / Soul
Decades Active: 2000s

Biography

Chrisette Michele Payne, 22 December 1982, Long Island, New York, USA. R&B singer Michele was brought up in a strict Christian family; her father was a deacon, and she sang with gospel choirs in her teens. She made her mark on the US music scene as a session vocalist, and in 2006 appeared on major releases by Jay-Z (‘Lost One’) and Nas (‘Can’t Forget About You’, ‘Still Dreaming’). Her smooth, jazzy vocal style attracted the attention of several major labels, leading to a contract with Def Jam Records. Her debut album featured a stellar production and writing team, including Babyface, John Legend and Will.I.Am, and was released in summer 2007. While Michele’s vocals were consistently strong, the album as a whole fell curiously flat and was marred by the singer’s overly reserved approach.

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