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K. Michelle

Name: Kimberly Michelle Pate

Birthday: 4 March 1984

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Kimberly Michelle Pate, better known by her stage name K. Michelle, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, television personality, guitarist and pianist.

Michelle was born Kimberly Michelle Pate. As a child, Kimberly learned to play piano and guitar, and took voice lessons from Bob Westbrook, who also trained pop singers Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. She graduated from Overton High School in 2000.

She earned a music scholarship to Florida A&M University (FAMU) by yodeling at her audition. She was crowned the Freshman Attendant of the Homecoming Court in late 2000 at the age of 18. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority having pledged FAMU’s Beta Alpha chapter in the Fall of 2001. She reports that she stopped attending classes for a short time to have a baby boy in September 2004, then returned to finish college. The father of her son ended up marrying her sorority sister. She graduated from FAMU with honors and was accepted into several law schools but decided to forgo law school to pursue music full-time.

Michelle’s age was reported in her college yearbook as 18 in late 2000, which would put her birth year at 1982. Her age was reported as 31 in 2015 by The Source magazine, which would put her birth year at 1984. AllMusic’s biography of her gives a birth year of 1986. The editor of “GossipWeLove.com” commented on the discrepancies in reported birth year, registering disbelief that Michelle could have entered college, and won her class’s prom beauty contest, at age 14. Michelle formed a college friendship with Basketball Wives actress Royce Reed who was born in 1981.

In 2009, she signed a deal to Jive Records that led her into releasing her first R&B-charting single, called “Fakin’ It” featuring Missy Elliott. After the release of “Fakin’ It”, she preceded to be releasing other three R&B songs – “Fallin'”, “I Just Can’t Do This”, and “How Many Times” – to which that all of them attained their spots on the charts, even before she left the label. In 2012, Michelle garnered further attention by appearing in VH1’s reality series Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. Following her appearance on the show, starring these shows led her to signed a newer record deal with Atlantic Records, to which she later released her long-delayed debut album Rebellious Soul on August 13, 2013. The album saw commercial success, debuting at number 2 on the US Billboard 200, and number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.

Michelle’s The Rebellious Soul Musical that was directed by a Golden Globe winner Idris Elba, and it debuted on VH1 on August 19, 2014. In 2014, Michelle received her own reality TV show K. Michelle: My Life. In December 2014, Michelle released her second album Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?, which debuted at number 6 on the US Billboard 200, and number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. She became the first ever African American to have an endorsement deal with Jack Daniels to begin developing her own drink. On March 25, 2016, Michelle released her third album More Issues Than Vogue, which debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200, and number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.

 

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