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The daughter of a deacon and a choir director, Chrisette Michelle possesses a voice bathed in the purity of gospel music, and with Epiphany she adapts her superlative vocals to a modern pop-R&B setting. Pop prodigy Ne-Yo wrote almost half of the album’s 13 songs, including the title track and “What You Do,” two singles that luxuriate in Michelle’s sincerity and the sweetness of the hooks. Nothing on Epiphany is too rushed or overblown, and Michelle doesn’t have to belt it out to capture the listener’s attention. She has a supple, versatile voice, and even in the melodramatic ballads and dance songs there are underpinnings of jazz phrasing. It’s not hard to see why Michelle has been a favorite collaborator of elder rappers like Nas, Ghostface Killah and Jay-Z. Those artists emphasize emotion and storytelling, and Michelle has maturity and depth of feeling that is hard to find among young singers. Epiphany forgoes the gimmicks of modern R&B, and shows that integrity, sincerity and practiced skill are not mutually exclusive to mainstream appeal.

Customer Reviews

good but not great

its more poppy , her first had soo much soul. She's catering to the mainstream now, she lost weight and changed her sound, still good but her soul music is better, buy I Am.


I am a die hard Chrisette fan and so far I am NOT feeling this CD. The songs are great and the production is impeccable! Clearly Ne-yo did HIS thing along with the others! HOWEVER, I feel that they changed her sound and her style too much. None of the songs seem to fit her vibe or her voice. Her vocals are not shining on here at all. She even sounds BAD on a couple tracks. I'm REALLY trying to love this CD, but I mean really I'm loving the production and the writing and wishing that somebody else was singing and that we the FANS could have the REAL CHRISETTE BACK! I remember seeing an interview with her and Ne-Yo and she was saying something about the record label trying to figure out how to make her more mainstream and more marketable and to me, they have destroyed her essence... Most of the CD sounds like Ne-Yo.... or sounds like Chrisette singing Ne-Yo overdubs... I am also a diehard Ne-Yo fan, but I don't want to hear Chrisette doing Ne-Yo... IMO the majority of the CD sounds liek Chrisette doing Ne-Yo karaoke! I'm so sorry Chrisette and fans... but Epiphany pales tremendously in comparison to I AM!

I like it

This is the first Chrisette Michele CD. I didn't hear the last one, but I heard a few songs from it. Therefore I'm going to make any comparisons to ther last album. Sorry. I liked this album from beginning to end. She sounded like Toni Braxton in a few song and in the beginning of "Playin' Our Song" she kinda sounded like Heather Headley for a minute. Lol! Still it's all Chrisette. It is geared towards the mainstream and doesn't really sound like, "If I Had My Way", "Best of Me" or even "Like a Dream". She's showing letting her R&B side show with a bit of her jazzy vocals sprinkled around. Ne-Yo is all over this CD vocally, lyrically, and musically. Epiphany (I'm Leaving) - 5/5 - Her first single from this CD. Great break-up song Notebook - 4/5 - A song about a crush who she writes about in her notebook. This song reminds me of "Feel Like Falling" by Shoshana Bean, but I like it. What You Do (feat. Ne-Yo) - 4/5 - In this song Chrisette is telling the guy to show her that he love her. No more lip service! This song features Ne-Yo as background vocals, but then again so do other songs on the CD. However his vocals are most prominent on this song. Blame It On Me - 5/5 - In this song she's trying to get out of relationship cause she just wants it to be over (no Keisha Cole quote intended). She doesn't care what he tells people about their break up "as long as it's over". "Blame it on me/ say it's my fault/ say that I left you outside in the cold with a broken heart..." All I Ever Think About - 5/5 - Vocally she kinda sounds like Toni Braxton. Lyrically it reminds me of Fantasia a bit! Lol! Even still she does the song well. She's telling the guy that even though they have their rough spots she wants to be with him. He's all she ever thinks about. Playin' Our Song - 5/5 - This seems like a J-Hud type song, but I like Chrisette singing it. In this song she's saying that she's having trouble getting over this guy because the radio keeps playing their song. This is one of my favs on the CD. Another One - 5/5 - "Another One" is another one of my favs. ^_^ This song is Chrisette having a little heart to heart (kinda) with the guy she's with saying that she's fed up with how he treats her. If he wants to stay with her he has to change some things. If not then she will be moving "...on to another one". On My Own - 4/5 - Call me slow but I'm not exactly sure who she's talking about in this song. It sounds like she may be talking about her dad or maybe a close male friend. Idk. But the point of the song is she's telling the guy that she's grown and she is going to have to learn things on her own. She's going to have to deal with things in life on her own. "I know you're gonna care about me forever / how will I ever learn to protect my heart if you're always it's protector / You can't make him love me right / make him treat me the way he should / I love you but this is my fight / let me fight it / on my own" Fragile - 5.5/5 - I love this song! It's about a crush she has that she wants to get close to but she's afraid of rejection. She says her heart is fragile and she doesn't want to be rejected but it's going to kill her if she doesn't know how he feels about her. AAHH! I just love this song! Mr. Right - 5/5 - Another one of my favs on this CD! This song is about her meeting her match...Mr. Right. This kinda sounds like a Lauren Hill joint! ^_^ This song is about her finding her Mr. Right. Porcelain Doll - 6/5 - My number 1 favorite song on the CD. It was my first favorite and it's still my favorite. She's telling the guy she's with that she's not a child. She's a grown woman and should be treated as such. She’s just looking for some respect from this guy. I just love this song! I'm Okay - 5/5 - A very emotional ballad about putting on a mask to hid the hurt she's actually feeling about a break-up. She sarcastically says, "I'm okay / I'm just fine / you fade away, hardly crossed my mind." Over all this is a worth while CD. I'd buy it again for a friend. :)


Born: December 8, 1982 in Long Island, NY

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

In a very short span of time, R&B singer/songwriter Chrisette Michele shot from small-time performer up to one of Def Jam's most promising talents, purely based on her unique instrument -- a gorgeous and effortlessly versatile singing voice colored with Billie Holiday-esque inflections of vocal pop and jazz. The jazz-influenced vocalist, born Chrisette Michele Payne in 1982, developed her pipes through singing gospel, first performing for a congregation at age four. God and music were clearly instrumental...
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