Chrisette Michele Payne (born December 8, 1982), known professionally as Chrisette Michele, is an American R&B and soul singer–songwriter on the Island Def Jam Music Group. She won a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2009 for her song "Be OK".
Michele has been featured on several popular hip hop albums. Most recently she was featured on Rick Ross' album "Teflon Don" on the single "Aston Martin Music". She is also on The Game's album "LAX" on "Let Us Live". On Jay-Z's "Kingdom Come" she was featured on the second single "Lost One", while on Nas' "Hip Hop Is Dead," she was featured three times: on the album's second single "Can't Forget About You", the Kanye West-produced "Still Dreaming", and the final track "Hope".
Recently she also appeared on the bonus track "Slow Down", from Ghostface Killah's "The Big Doe Rehab." Michele was also featured in the new 2010 single "Aston Martin Music" featuring Rick Ross and Drake.
Michele's debut album, "I Am," was released on June 18, 2007. The album spawned four singles: "If I Have My Way", "Best of Me", "Be OK", and "Love Is You". The album's lead single "If I Have My Way" charted at number four on Billboard's Hot Adult R&B Airplay and number twenty-four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. "Best of Me" charted on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks at number twenty-one. In December 2007, "Be OK" was released as the third single, charting at number sixty-four on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number twenty-one on the Hot Adult R&B Airplay. In 2008, "Love Is You" was released as the album's fourth and final single on the album; it reached number ninety on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and number twenty on the Hot Adult R&B Airplay.
In 2008, Michele appeared on the track "Rising Up" from The Roots' album Rising Down. Michele guest starred as herself in The CW's Girlfriends, in the episode entitled "What's Black-a-Lackin'?", which originally aired on February 11, 2008. She also wrote a song for Tyler Perry's House of Payne entitled "I've Gotta Love Jones".
In mid-2008, Michele ,began recording for her second album, "Epiphany." In January 2009, the album's title track was released as the lead single. Released on May 5, 2009, the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 selling 83,000 copies in its opening week.