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K. Michelle Shakin up the industry

 

You know her from the hit VH1 reality show Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, you know her story, and you know she’s from Memphis, but do you know her music? “I don’t have a lot of regrets,” says K. Michelle, “…especially when it comes to my music.” With powerhouse vocals like hers, should she have any regrets? A laid-back and level-headed K. Michelle briefly chatted with us about who she is as an artist and why Love & Hip Hop Atlanta fans should listen to her music.

Kimberly Michelle Pate began singing and playing the piano at early age grow­ing up in Memphis, Tennessee. She remembers, “I always used to walk around the house singing when I was a little girl, and they used to tell me to shut up! (laughs).” Keeping quiet was never an option for K. Michelle and her parents supported her talents. “They always knew I was gonna do something with mu­sic,” says K. Michelle. Although her parents kept her busy with her craft, they were not always on board with her decision to pursue music as a career so they encouraged her to attend college. The singer received her degree in Psychology from Florida A&M University and says she’s glad that she has her degree to fall back on, but music trailed closely behind in her career plans. “I just decided it was what was what I was supposed to do,” says K. Michelle. “Every time I tried to walk away from it, it didn’t happen.”

Eventually, K. Michelle was signed to Jive Records, and at the time, it seemed like everything was coming together until she was engaged in a domestic vio­lence dispute. According to K. Michelle, as a result of the dispute she was let go from Jive. Despite the negativity constantly being thrown her way, from the industry, her cast mates, and the ruthless tabloids and blogs, K. Michelle still manages to keep her music one of her main priorities. After failed attempts of getting other labels to hear her music, she decided to join the cast of Love and Hip Hop Atlanta. Since the ending of its first season, K. Michelle has been work­ing on a new EP that will be released soon. She would not speak on her current status being signed to a label, but says there will be a formal announcement soon. Despite her struggles and judgment she receives daily from the world, K. Michelle never loses sight of what’s most important to her: family and her music.

“There’s a lot of things you can overcome and a lot of different things you will go through in the business, but there’s nothing more important than the music,” says the R&B singer. That’s just a little something she learned as the protégé of R&B legend, R. Kelly who has encouraged her to stay focused on what has made her a star.

With all the drama that transpired on the show, fans may have overlooked or forgotten about all of the talent and creativity that K. Michelle is blessed with. It may even be hard for viewers to differentiate between K. Michelle the reality star and K. Michelle the R&B singer, but in actuality, there is no difference. “I’m the same way on TV as I am in my music,” K. Michelle says.

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