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After a two year hiatus the R&B singer is back on the scene with new music, a book, and plenty of cool tattoos.
It’s a particularly chilly evening inside the air conditioned lower level of Tru Hollywood nightclub, but Chrisette Michele looks far from cold with her warm smile and inviting demeanor. It probably has a lot to do with the fact that she’s been feeling a lot better these days. For starters she’s gone vegan, and enjoys it so much that she’s written a book, ironically called Fat Vegan. She’s also releasing a new album on June 11th , appropriately named Better, which is further evidence of her upward spiral.
“This album is going back to my original intention,” she muses. “Originally when I first started I was excited, and I only wanted to sing happy things. Then after being coerced into being sad I got addicted to it [creating sad songs] because so many people related to it. People were telling me I got them through breakups. Then I was like, you know what, I’m gonna need you to pull it together Chrisette, and so I wrote Better.
Both the album and the book are arriving at a particularly timely moment in the singer’s life. She confides that when she first stepped into the music industry some of her personal insecurities were holding her back. Now the quirky singer—who is wearing hot pink loafers, which she recently snagged on a trip to South Korea, and round vintage sunglasses –reveals that she feels better because now she can be herself.
“Fat Vegan is a book that talks about what I’ve been through in this industry and how insecure I felt in the beginning, and how much better I feel now. You have to be yourself. Standing out in a crowd with people who stand out for a living—in the beginning it was really scary. Fat Vegan tells that story. I think that a lot of people have dealt with insecurity at some time in their life, so it will relate to people who have been there and it will show how I got through that through cleansing, through eating properly, through therapy, through shutting the hell up and being quiet, and through giving my life back to Christ. I think “Better” is my favorite song on the album because it kind of culminates the entire idea of what I went through, how I’m feeling now, and what I want other people to feel with me.”
Most recently the streets have been abuzz with talk of her tattoos and alleged relationship with Washington, DC bred rapper, Wale. While her fascination with tattoos is evident, she reveals that her relationship with Wale is strictly…friendly!
“Wale? No, never,” she asserts with a smile. “We’ve been friends for almost six years now, and when I was starting off it was really exciting to have someone in the industry who I could say, ‘Yo, can you believe this crap?’ to. Now he’s so much cooler than me that I don’t know if I will ever be able to keep up with him,” she jokes. “I didn’t realize that me getting so many tattoos would be such a topic. When I started getting them where people could see them and I started kind of being myself, I was overwhelmed by the loving response I received. So I’m grateful for the love that I’ve gotten for my tattoos.”
It would appear that the tattoo-happy, Fat Vegan-writing, music-creating artist is definitely coming into her own; and she’s looking, singing, and sounding better than ever.