The world took notice when K Michelle burst onto the music scene in 2009 with her smash hit
"Fakin' It" featuring superstar Missy Elliott. K Michelle found a niche in the hip hop world and an audience of devoted fans
who couldn't get enough of her music. After appearing on the VH1 reality show Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta, she landed a record
deal with Warner Bros. Records who helped her release her debut album, Rebellious Soul. This talented Memphis native saw her
dreams come true when the album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and sold more than 72,000 copies in the first week.
sultry moves and honest lyrics, K Michelle is sure to have a long career ahead of her. She is currently on tour, promoting
her debut studio album, and performing for her devoted fans. She will be making stops in cities all across the country, and
you won't want to miss a single moment of her breathtaking live performances.
K Michelle has been
influenced by many different artists throughout her life and career. While Mary J. Blige and Missy Elliott have played a significant
role in her music, Michelle is also influenced by legendary R&B singer R. Kelly. Kelly took Michelle under his wing when
they were both signed to the same label. He helped her acclimate to the world of hip-hop music and even included her on his
2010 album, Love Letters. He remains one of her biggest supporters and contributed to her debut album, Rebellious Soul.
About the Artist
Kimberly Michelle Pate grew up in Memphis, Tennessee, where she aspired to be a music star.
She signed with Jive Records in 2008 and found comfort and guidance with labelmate R. Kelly. Kelly helped to mentor the young
artist and give her insight into the music business. Michelle is the only other artist featured on R. Kelly's album, Love
Letter that was released in 2010.
In 2009, Michelle released buzz singles "Self-Made" and "Fakin' It," which garnered
much success from the hip hop world. "Fakin' It" was a collaboration with superstar artist and dancer Missy Elliott. Fans
started to take notice and like her racy subject-matter and man-bashing lyrics. She followed up those singles with "I Just
Can't Do This" and "How Many Times." While they weren't quite as successful, they charted on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
chart. She began recording her first album with RCA Records. But disputes over the album led to Michelle asking to be let
out of her contract.
While she was waiting for another record deal and the chance to finish her album, Michelle began
creating her own mixtapes, Influenced by artists like Mary J. Blige, R. Kelly, Whitney Houston and Tammi Terrell. Her mixtape,
"What's the 901?"—that was said to be a tribute to Mary J. Blige—saw moderate success when it was posted online.
And throughout 2011, the artist released even more singles and mixtapes that were attracting hip hop and R&B fans. Then
in 2012, the aspiring singer became a cast member on the show Love & Hip-Hop : Atlanta. She talked about her dreams to
become a singer on the show and even displayed her talents on more than one occasion. The exposure she received on the show
led to a record deal with Warner Bros. Records. She left the show and joined the cast of Love & Hip-Hop: New York to focus
on her music career. Michelle began working on her album, Rebellious Soul, in 2012, and released her debut effort in 2013.
The album charted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold more than 72,000 copies in its first week. It is safe to say
that Michelle's star is on the rise, and her career is just getting started.
Michelle hasn't quite gained international fame as of yet. But every day she is becoming more and more popular and gaining
a following of devoted fans. She burst onto the scene in 2009 with her single "Fakin' It" that featured Missy Elliott, and
has had successful subsequent singles and mixtapes. Her biggest success to date is the release of her first studio album,
produced by Warner Bros. Records. The debut record entitled, Rebellious Soul, dropped in August of 2013, and was an instant
hit. It charted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold more than 72,000 copies in its first week. Michelle will soon
be heading out on tour and gaining even more exposure and fame.
When K Michelle takes the
stage, she is a commanding presence. Her powerful voice, sultry moves and honest lyrics give her a larger-than-life persona
on stage. While she belts out one of her hit songs, audience members sing along and find themselves swept away into her music.
Backup vocalists harmonize beautifully with the up-and-coming singer, and make for a memorable and enjoyable experience for
all who come out to see this talented artist perform.