Posts Tagged ‘Epiphany’

Chrisette Michele

Date of Interview: 05/18/2009

© 2009 Clayton Perry

For years, the national media has asserted that the music of Chrisette Michele respectfully invokes the spirit of Billie Holiday.  And like Billie, her distinct vocals have made her musical performances distinguishable from her industry peers.

Although Chrisette Michele’s talents were undeniable, her debut album stalled at #29 on the Billboard 200 chart, with 26,000 copies sold during the opening week.  The strength of I Am resonated with music lovers across the globe, however, and the album would eventually attain gold certification from the RIAA and receive back-to-back GRAMMY nominations in 2008 and 2009: Best Female R&B Vocal Performance (for “If I Had My Way”) and Best Urban/Alternative Performance (for “Be OK”).

After her GRAMMY win in 2009, the stars aligned upon the release of Epiphany, her sophomore record.  The groundswell of public support and her massive “underground” following propelled Epiphany into the #1 spot—taking the industry (and Chrisette) by surprise!

As Chrisette Michele embarked on a promotional tour for Epiphany, she managed to squeeze some time out of her busy schedule and settle down for an interview with Clayton Perry — reflecting on “Porcelain Doll,” Billie Holiday, and her recording experience with Ne-Yo.