Who is Chrisette Michele? When I heard the song "If I Have My Way", I knew the voice sounded familiar but I wasn't quite sure who it was (Chrisette was featured on the Jay-Z track "Lost Ones" and the Nas track "Can't Forget About You".) I knew whom ever it was would be around for a long time. I had the same feeling when I heard Alicia's "Fallin", "Comin' From Where I'm From" by Anthony Hamilton and John Legend's "Ordinary People." I would soon discover the voice behind the song was Chrisette Michele, a chick from Long Island who had a recording contract with Def Jam. Yeah, Def Jam..I was surprised as well, but L.A Reid is the head honcho at Def Jam so it isn't too surprising. Prior to signing with Def Jam, Chrisette had toured with Kem and India.Arie (it would be nice to see more women of her beautiful dark complexion in the music game.) India.Aire offered Chrisette a gig as her opening act after witnessing her perform in New York City at the Village Underground. On Def Jam's website the 20 something year old singer songwriter states "I'm excited about finding my place amongst young composers like Alicia Keys and Jill Scott. My goal from the moment I was signed by Antonio "LA" Reid, Chairman and CEO, Island Def Jam Music Group, was to create a seamless album that mixes soul and pop in a way that will have people coming back to again and again." It is safe to say that she met her goal. If you don't have her album, I Am, you NEED to go get it, consider it a necessity along with food, water, and shelter.
Friday, February 29, 2008