Thursday, January 15, 2009

Michel'le

R&B singer Michel'le (born Michel'le Toussant in 1970 in Los Angeles, California) may have a  squeaky childlike voice when it comes to talking, but when she sings, my goodness, what a voice!

She was originally the featured female vocalist on rap group World Class Wreckin' Cru's 1987 single, "Turn Off the Lights" and was later signed to late rapper Eazy-E's Ruthless Records label.
In 1989, Michel'le released her self-titled debut album which peaked at #35 on the Billboard 200 chart and #5 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart. The album was produced by DJ Yella, Laylaw, and her then-boyfriend, Dr. Dre.
Michel'le's first single, "No More Lies" became a hit, peaking at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for 23 weeks. In the U.K., the song peaked at #78 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single from the album, "Nicety" peaked at #29 on the Billboard Hot 100, #8 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #5 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The third single, "Keep Watchin'" peaked at #43 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart and #65 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 7 weeks.
The fourth single, "Something in My Heart" peaked at #31 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 26 weeks.
The final single from the album, "If?" peaked at #22 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks. Michel'le's debut album sold over 1.5 million copies.
In 1996, Michel'le was featured on Tha Dogg Pound's single, "Let's Play House" on Death Row Records.

In 1998, Michel'le released her second album, "Hung Jury" which was a commercial failure. She and Dr. Dre split up after he left Death Row Records.

She had a child, Marcel with Dr. Dre and later had another child, Bailei with Sug Knight, but her relationship with him was short-lived.

In 2003, Michel'le appeared on the Dysfunktional Family Soundtrack. After taking a hiatus, Michel'le began performing at live events.

In February of 2010, she began her nationwide tour including cities such as Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Las Vegas, & Atlanta.

In May of that same year, while on tour, Michel'le was invited to perform at the Females of Hip Hop Awards in Los Angeles.

A year later, the Females of Hip Hop Awards honored her with the "Legendary Songstress Award."

In 2011, she released a new song entitled "Freedom to Love."

These days, Michel'le continues to tour and in 2012, she made her stage debut in the play, "Do You Trust Your Best Friend?" along with legendary R&B singer, Angela Winbush.

In addition to acting, she is also doing voice projects. She is currently working on her new project that is yet to be released.

To see Michel'le's official website, go to:
http://michel-le2010.com/

To see the music video for "Something in My Heart," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AFHYBbi99jw

To see the music video for "Nicety," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6m1Vz7I0BA

To see a video of Michel'le performing "No More Lies" live on "Soul Train", go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1IvtYAp7rVY

To see the music video for "If," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99fzesQ4nWc

To see the music video for "Hang Tyme," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAls9wz4gxs

To see a fan-made video for "Can I Get a Witness," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp3QTwt4JeM

To see a fan-made video for Michel'le's newest single, "Freedom to Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NNNSN6nQuM

To see the music video trailer for "Freedom to Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJLsZzq-NJE

[Updated on 05/18/13]

1 comment:

Hanz said...

I got both of her albums on cassette.