Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Grammy-winning sensation Chrisette Michele at The Blue Note, January 31.

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For Immediate Release:
January 18, 2012

WHAT:  Grammy Award winning R&B vocalist Chrisette Michele will “pay tribute to the legends” at the Blue Note with guest pianist/keyboardist Robert Glasper. Chrisette’s three releases, all on the Def Jam label, are unmistakably R&B records, but have hinted at her love for jazz in her style and even in her lyrics. At the age of 29, she's already made a name for herself, winning a Grammy Award for her song "Be Ok” in 2009. When asked which music legends she’ll pay tribute to during her two-night run at the Blue Note, she simply says, “You’ll have to come to the Blue Note to find out.”

WHEN:  Tuesday, January 31 – Wednesday, February 1, 2012; Sets at 8:00PM & 10:30PM

WITH:  Chrisette Michele, vocals; Robert Glasper, guest piano/keyboards; Other musicians, TBA

COST:    $35 @ table / $20 @ bar
WHERE:  The Blue Note; 131 W 3rd. St, New York, NY 10012

MORE:    Doors open at 6pm.  Set times are 8pm and 10:30pm

BIO:  Grammy-winning sensation Chrisette Michele has ascended to R&B royalty in a remarkably brief period of time. Signed to the Island Def Jam Music group in 2006, she has since produced three groundbreaking albums, all of which show off in grand style her brilliant voice, which she uses to seamlessly weave soul and pop into a truly enchanting blend. She garnered a Grammy Award in 2009, and hasn't looked back, releasing her latest album in 2010 and making her Blue Note debut in 2011.

Michele has been surrounded by music since she was a small child. This 29-year-old singer, songwriter, and composer has been blessed with an old soul and a deep appreciation for the harmonic and stylistic foundations of her music, which fuses pop, soul, and R&B together with a touch of jazz. She had even finished an album's worth of material before even trying to get signed. "I've been creating songs since I was 12, 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 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. Majoring in music at Five Towns College in Long Island, she credits the nurturing sway of her teachers for where she is today. "My professors taught me how to a professional and to be serious about my music," she says. "They taught me how to put the music that I dream about at night on paper in the morning."

Those dreams Michele put to paper are now in the ears of countless fans. After India.Arie and Kem enlisted her as an opening act upon hearing her sing at the Village Underground, she was soon signed to the Def Jam label and released her critically lauded debut I Am in 2007. The disc fetched Michele her first Grammy Award for the song "Be Okay." 2008 found her collaborating with The Roots and embarking on a nationwide headlining tour with fellow soul singer Raheem DeVaughn. She enjoyed the critical success of her sophomore album Epiphany in 2009. The disc debuted at No. 1 on the Soundscan and Billbord charts, selling 83,000 copies in its first week.

Let Freedom Reign, Michele's latest effort, dropped in 2010. The album is charged throughout, a blissful marriage of fiery spirit and artful musicality. In an age of disposable tracks and thoughtless compositions, this album is the poignant counterpoint. "This moment I'm in the midst of is about doing whatever it is to bring freedom into your life, to make freedom your reality," muses Michele on her latest project. "Let Freedom Reign is a mandate to the people who are listening, a challenge ... to create freedom and truth in their lives."

Ms. Michele recently headlined The Blue Note Jazz Festival at Town Hall with the legendary Dee Dee Bridgewater and the Best Buy Theatre in New York City. Chrisette Michele's new single, will be released in early spring, with CD to follow.

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