Kimberly Michelle Pate, better known by her stage name K. Michelle, is an American R&B singer, a songwriter, a television personality, a guitarist and a pianist. In 2009, she signed a contract deal with Jive Records, released her R&B-charting single “Fakin’ It” featuring Missy Elliott, and later put out three R&B singles that all have charted: “Fallin'”, “I Just Can’t Do This”, and “How Many Times”, before she left Jive Records. In 2012, Michelle garnered further attention by appearing in VH1’s reality series Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.
Following her appearance on the show, which landed her a contract deal with Atlantic Records, she released her long-delayed debut studio album Rebellious Soul on August 13, 2013. The album saw commercial success, debuting at number 2 on the US Billboard 200, and number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
Michelle’s The Rebellious Soul Musical, which was directed by a Golden Globe winner Idris Elba, debuted on VH1 on August 19, 2014. In 2014, Michelle received her own reality TV show “K. Michelle: My Life”.
Michelle then released her second studio album Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?, which debuted at number 6 on the US Billboard 200. She is the first ever African American to have an endorsement deal with Jack Daniels and is developing her own drink, which will be available sometime during the summer of 2017. Her third studio album, More Issues Than Vogue, was released on March 25, 2016.