R&B singer Chrisette Michele was raised in the church and began to wield her soulful, jazz-influenced talents at small gigs on Long Island and in New York City. In no time at all, Michelle was discovered by representatives from the Def Jam label, who put her on records with Jay-Z, Nas, and others. During this same time, Michelle scored slots opening for India Arie, Kem, and Angie Stone. Michelle’s own music, which combines hip-hop, gospel, jazz, and adult alternative flavors, was finally unleashed in 2007 on her full-length Def Jam debut, I AM. With a knack for delivering a pop hook, Michele would become a regular force on pop radio.