K. Michelle Exclusive FansiteTV.Com Interview


Kimberly Michelle Pate is an American singer, songwriter, and television personality. She rose to fame as the breakout star of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta after appearing as a regular cast member for two seasons on the reality television series. Michelle subsequently signed with Atlantic Records. Her debut studio album, Rebellious Soul, debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200, and number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. Her second studio album Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? was released on December 9, 2014. The album debuted at number six in the US and spawned three singles “Love ‘Em All”, “Maybe I Should Call” and “Hard to Do”. The album sold 87,000 copies in its first week in sales.
She has also starred in reality series Love & Hip Hop: New York, K. Michelle: My Life and Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood (under the name Kimberly), as well as in her own special, The Rebellious Soul Musical, directed by Golden Globe winner Idris Elba. Throughout her career, Michelle has received four BET Awards nominations. She won a Soul Train Music Award and a NAACP Image Award in 2013 and 2014. She was also honoured with an ASCAP Women Behind the Music award in 2015.
Kimberly Michelle Pate was born in Memphis, Tennessee. As a child, Michelle learned to play piano and guitar, and took voice lessons from Bob Westbrook, who also trained pop singers Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears. She graduated from Overton High School in Memphis in 2000. She earned a music scholarship to Florida A&M University (FAMU) by yodeling at her audition. She was crowned the Freshman Attendant of the Homecoming Court in late 2000 at the age of 18.(Source Wikipedia)
In A recent interview with FansiteTv.com she gave some insight into her inspiration to her music, her journey as a single mother, which university she attended and graduated from and her thoughts on the music industry. K Michelle has cited Memphis and her environment which was always influenced by music as the main reason as to why she decided to pursue music on a full time basis. During her time in university she shared how she sang the genres of Classica, R&B amongst a wide variety of genres which were incorporated to her vocal range in her music.
She also states that the reputation she has built as a musician is based off how she writes honest music, how her songs are reflective of her reality and everything she is going through, good or bad. Irrespective of what format of product she is putting out she prides herself on being as open and blunt as humanly possible and not making any form of music that is based from a fictional point of view and inspiration.
Much to the point of what separates her from the average artist she raises a very important issue, how artists are synthesized to drive certain narratives as opposed to tell their truth. Most artists signed to majors might only possess the ability to sing alone, without the ability to write their own songs as such they have songwriters who follow a record label formula in which the artist with their raw talent will sing and build a brand and following which will meet the profit bottom line of all major record labels which invest and get returns worth millions from all their artists, producers, and visual artists among those who create award winning products for a record company.
K Michelle expresses how many artists sing what they are told to sing and as such, she doesn’t listen to a lot of the modern commercial R&B as it is not truly representative of the culture and rich traditional history that the American R&B legacy has led for many years. With a lot of the music being watered down representations of the genre.
She also shared her experiences with Sean Garrett and how it took more than 30 meetings before she sat down and made records with him. Reflecting on her new project she expressed that as urban as her sound is, she doesn’t listen to a lot of R&B but looks to country music and rock as great sources of inspiration specifically for how those genres pride themselves on storytelling. K Michelle expresses how the music reflects people’s everyday experiences in the most honest and forthcoming manners, nothing is hidden, and emotions are borne at their purest form.
With the one dimension in terms of the narratives in most modern music which K Michelle finds to be boring, when someone makes music about heartbreak for example, it always has the undertone of dependency, not being able to live without the person and other genres have perfected the art of bringing a different perspective to the forefront. Such an Artist is Dianna Clarke who sings country music.
She also speaks to how radio as a promotional and marketing tool that has been factored into an album with each record needing that lead single, that single for the radio to create a demand for music has been to the detriment of the creative output and process in which all songs on the radio are predictable to the point where she struggles to make her own music due to the lack of inspiration she is finding among her competitors and what passes as great music these days.
Finally she credits R Kelly and Jasmine Sullivan as great story tellers in the genre and identifies that while many folks might have great gems and voices, many are afraid to speak on more diverse subjects and the topic range of most records being put out currently, the music that is popular tells more or less the same story, with basic song titles and concepts.
K Michelle to say the least is a crusader for pushing the creative envelope of music and creativity as a whole and her interview has showed us how further we need to go into our history to source more original and diverse approaches to music as opposed to following record label based formulas for hit records which can set trends, influence certain lifestyles but can easily be forgotten as their subject matter and content is not art that can stand the test of time. Music for the moment and music of the times are two different things and there is a broader scope through which we can create and appreciate art.



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