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Currently putting the finishing touches on her soulful debut album, an artistic exploration that fuses 24-year old Chrisette Michele's diverse musical interest into a wonderland, the young artist couldn't be more pleased. I realize that I'm new to the music world, but I've been preparing for this moment for long time, said the Long Island native who once attended 5 Towns College. Even before signing a recording contract, Chrisette Michele had performed on the same concert bills with more established artists like Kem, India Arie, Angie Stone, and Lionel Richie. India saw me singing at the Village Underground in New York City. She came backstage that first night and graciously offered me a gig as her opening act, said Chrisette Michele. Working hard in the studio writing songs and recording demos, Chrisette Michele finished an album worth of material before even trying to get signed. I've been creating songs since I was twelve, so I knew I needed the right musical blend in order to stand-out from the many other performers trying to get a deal. Though already a fan of gospel and classical, it wasn't until Chrisette Michele was seventeen that she also developed a passion for jazz. When I was still in high school a teacher introduced me to jazz singer Astrud Gilberto, and afterwards my life was all about jazz, she remembers.With the release of, Chrisette Michele will soon be sharing those musical dreams with the rest of the world.

If you didn't get to know Chrisette Michele by way of Jay-Z (she was the one singing sparkling hooks on "Lost Ones") or Nas (she channeled Billie Holiday on "Can't Forget About You"), stop wasting valuable seconds. Though the hype on this pure-voiced, raunch-resistant songstress has her resuscitating a classic jazz sound that rarely infiltrates R&B--comparisons to Lady Day, Nina Simone, and Ella Fitzgerald are mounting--she's more her generation's answer to Erykah Badu: any notes she wraps her lips around come out fresh-sounding, and she adds to the effect with a built-in elegance that's irresistible to R&B and non-R&B fans alike. Hip-hoppers get a custom dose of Michele's magic on "Be O.K.," featuring the flabbergastingly prolific yet still likable, jazz sentimentalists will instantly succumb to "Like a Dream," and anybody with ears on his or her head will warm to the slinky slow jam that is "If I Have My Way." Michele's is a rare talent; count on this outstanding debut propelling her to stratospheric heights. --Tammy La Gorce

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Like A Dream
  2. Work It Out
  3. Best Of Me
  4. Your Joy
  5. Good Girl
  6. Be Ok feat.
  7. If I Have My Way
  8. Mr. Radio
  9. Golden
  10. Let's Rock
  11. Love Is You
  12. In This For You
  13. Is This The Way Love Feels

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 19, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Def Jam
  • ASIN: B000Q364KG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (233 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,454 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Wynne R. Phillips VINE VOICE on June 19, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I first took note of this talented songstress when she was featured on Jay-Z's "Lost One." Now I'm no huge fan of Jay, but I instantly fell in love with the track due to Michele's amazing vocals. As she cooly sang, "sorry, I'm a champion," I knew this woman would be someone to look out for.

Despite singing refrains for both Jay and Nas, Chrisette makes it quite clear in the first few minutes of her debut that she is not your average hook-singing R&B chick. Her voice sounds like a hybrid of Jill Scott and Michelle Williams; she has the vocal prowess of a young Whitney Houston and the jazzy stylings of greats like Billie Holiday. She co-wrote each song on this album and even co-produced a song, very rare for a first album. This daughter of a church deacon also differs from the others in lyrical conent. Although in her early twenties, Michele shows maturity and class that would put these floosies to shame.

She tells "Mr. Radio" that the love songs are very nice, but realtionships aren't always a walk in the park. In "Golden," the diva proclaims that she's "so ready" for the life-long commitment of marriage. A "Good Girl" like Chrisette puts quality time over material things and society's "ideal" man. And although the money and lavish things are alright, she is admittedly not the "flashy type" and she's "In This For You." "Your Joy" is a beautiful, but not sappy, song dedicated to her dad. In "If I Have My Way," she decides to wait a little longer until making love. The diva explains that "It's Like A Dream" to her just at the thought of her crush smiling at her and liking her. She leaves a relationship pridefully, reclaiming the "Best of Me." There are also some upbeat, feel-good cuts like "Be OK" and "Let's Rock.
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This cd is amazing - it just blows, or annihilates, I should say, the measly competition out there right now. In her heavenly voice I hear the phrasings of Jill Scott, the gospel moaning of Karen-Clarke Sheard,the deep feeling of Fantasia, and the vocal acumen of Billie Holiday. A reviewer on here expressed disappointment that this cd does not rise to the level of Songs in a Minor or Corrine Rae Bailey. I respectfully disagree; Chrisette's cd is better than both of those good projects in three ways: 1) Chrisette showcases a dynamic voice and a unique sound that is her own, 2) the production seamlessly blends the retro and modern while sounding completely modern, with a hip hop flourishes to boot, and 3) she co-wrote all these lyrically adept songs. I cannot believe she has produced such a quality project at such a tender age. Highlights for me include: "If I Had My Way," "Best of Me," "Golden," "Let's Rock," and "Is this the Way Love Feel," which shows off Christine's soulful vocals and the dexterous playing of her back-up band. A much welcomed return to classy and sophisticated R&B to the center stage. This is the best R&B album to come out this year from a female artist, Amy Whinehouse's cd being a close second.
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I was introduced to Chrisette Michele when many people were when she was featured on the chorus to Jay Z's "Lost One" and Nas' "Can't Forget About You". Her voice sounded pretty good and she even sounded good live on one of Nas' concerts that was televised by MTV2. About a week before Chrisette's debut CD "I Am" was scheduled to be released I saw a video for the track "If I Had My Way" and I was definitely impressed. This track was a slow jam talking about Chrisette wanting to be patient to give 100% of herself to her man, but if she had her way she would be ready to make that move already. Once I heard this track, I knew that I would pick up "I Am" the week that it was released.

"I Am" starts off with the refreshing "Like A Dream". Chrisette is able to express how she feels because a man that she was checking out actually is interested in her as well. This midtempo jam has an old school feel to it and is definitely reminiscent of something Jill Scott may have done. "Work It Out" is just as nice as Chrisette explains that no matter what is going wrong in her relationship with her man that she is going to give a 100% effort to work things out to stay with her man because of the way she feels about him. Babyface joins the party on "Best Of Me" as Chrisette explains a situation where she was with a man and the time came when she realized that she had to do what was best for her in the long run. She realizes that the relationship had ran its course. Babyface also produces "Your Joy" which easily ends up being one of my favorite tracks on this CD. I saw an interview where Chrisette explained that she was a writer and was trying to give some of her work to other artists. This would be a perfect track for that resume. You'll have this track on repeat for awhile.
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I love this CD. I am so tired of listening to everything sounding alike... this is the new replacement for the first Jill Scott which has been in my car since 2001....

So far my fav's are: ** Best of me ** Good Girl ** Your Joy ** Be OK ** If I have my way ** :-)

Wonderful CD.... Thanks
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