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RnB 11/02/2009

Grammy Winner Chrisette Michele Has An 'Epiphany' With Ne-Yo Penned 1st Single

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NEW YORK, NY. (Top40 Charts/ Def Jam Recordings) - Grammy winner Def Jam recording artist Chrisette Michele debuts her new single, "Epiphany" off her highly-anticipated sophomore album Epiphany (in-stores March 31st). The singer/songwriter took home a top prize on Sunday night when she won the 2009 Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for her single "Be Ok" ft. Will.i.am. Epiphany takes off where her last album I AM left off, only elevating higher as she sang and recorded six songs with Ne-Yo & Chuck Harmony as well as tracks with super producers Rodney Jerkins and Claude Kelly (Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Leona Lewis).

Grammy winner Def Jam recording artist Chrisette Michele debuts her new single, "Epiphany" off her highly-anticipated sophomore album Epiphany (in-stores March 31st). After recently winning her 1st Grammy, 2009's Best Urban/Alternative Performance Grammy Award for her single "Be Ok" ft. Will.i.am, the singer/songwriter sang and recorded six songs with Ne-Yo & Chuck Harmony as well as tracks with super producers Rodney Jerkins and Claude Kelly (Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, Leona Lewis).

Lead single "Epiphany" - written by Ne-Yo and produced by Chuck Harmony - is a bass heavy, soul groove that speaks to those who have hurt before and are in need of healing. "I wanted you to walk away knowing who you are and aware that no one can keep you locked in something that you don't deserve ... at that moment you have an Epiphany," says Chrisette. The single, which has already garnered 5 star user ratings across YouTube, MySpace and other online communities, launches on iTunes February 17th and impacted at Urban & Mainstream AC and mainstream urban radio February 9th.

After adding her irresistible vocal charm to Jay-Z's "Lost One" and Nas's soulful "Can't Forget About You" (sampling Nat King Cole) Chrisette took fans by storm with her own hits "If I Have My Way," nominated for a Best Female R&B Vocal Grammy Award and "Love Is You." Chrisette then took to the road spreading her voice to fans everywhere with multi-platinum singer Musiq Soulchild and "The Art of Love" tour with soul singer Raheem DeVaughn. The beautiful singer then joined up with Nivea Creme Skin Company for a major ad campaign and was also featured on Tyler Perry's highly-rated sitcom, "House of Payne."

Chrisette personally auditioned for and was signed by Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group, who told her he had "goose bumps" after the first time he heard her. "When Chrisette Michele enters a room," said Mr. Reid, "the room becomes a better place."






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