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Chrisette Michele

Name: Chrisette Michele

Birthday: December 8, 1982)

Fav Dish: Pasta

Chrisette Michele Payne (born December 8, 1982), is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter. She was signed to the Motown Records but recently left in order to sign herself under her own label Rich Hipster.
She won a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2009 for her song “Be OK”.

Michele was born in Central Islip, New York, and grew up in Patchogue. Her father was a sociologist and her mother a psychologist. Michele led gospel choirs in high school. She attended Five Towns College in Dix Hills, New York, and graduated with a vocal performance degree.

In mid-2008, Michele began recording for her second album, Epiphany. In January 2009, the album’s title track was released as the lead single. It marked as Michele’s first solo entry to the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 89. Released on May 5, 2009, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 selling 83,000 copies in its opening week.

A week after the release of Epiphany, another single was released, titled “Blame It on Me”. It didn’t repeat the success of “Epiphany (I’m Leaving)”; however it peaked at number twenty-eight on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. It was followed by two more: “What You Do” in July and “Fragile” in November. Originally, “What You Do” was planned to be the second single from the album. The song features Ne-Yo, who worked with Michele on the album. After the release of Epiphany, she started working on her next album. Michele has worked with rapper Rick Ross and Canadian rapper/singer Drake on the fourth single of Ross’s album Teflon Don called “Aston Martin Music”. The song was released on October 5, 2010.

Michele released her third studio album, Let Freedom Reign, on November 30, 2010. The album included the singles, “I’m a Star” and “Goodbye Game”. “I’m a Star” was released in September, and was followed by “Goodbye Game” and “I Don’t Know Why, But I Do”, both in November, just before the release of the album. The album features Michele performing hip-hop, R&B, as well as the dance-pop influenced “So Cool”. The album debuted at number 25 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 42,000 copies in its first week.

It also peaked at number seven on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. On November 5, 2010, her first mixtape Love Thy Brother was released. On December 7, 2012, her second mixtape titled Audrey Hepburn: An Audiovisual Presentation was released. The mixtape contained some of songs recorded for her fourth studio album, including its single “Charades”, among other tracks

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