North Carolina Central University will open the 2014-15 Lyceum Series with Grammy-award winner Chrisette Michele on Sept. 12 in the B.N. Duke Auditorium.
At just 31-years-old, Michele is considered by many to be a veteran in the music industry. In 2007, she released her first solo project, “I AM” to critical acclaim; she would later win a Grammy award for Best Urban/Alternative performance.
Her second CD, “Epiphany,” debuted at No.1 and began musical friendships with producer NE-YO and Chuck Harmony. In 2010, Michele released her third CD, “Let Freedom Reign.” The disc was the first to feature Michele performing hip-hop, R&B, as well as dance-pop influenced singles.
Her highly-anticipated fourth CD, “Better,” was released on June 11, 2013, and debuted at number 12 on the U.S. Billboard Top 200 chart. She later earned a 2014 Grammy nomination for best R&B Album.
Michele’s vocals have been featured on numerous hip-hop megahits, including Rick Ross’ “Aston Martin Music,” The Game’s “Let Us Live,” Jay-Z’s “Lost Ones,” and multiple times with rapper Nas.
She has toured with Solange, and India Arie and has worked with Musiq Soulchild.
In 2014, she created Rich Hipster, an online community for art, music and fashion. Michele describes the community as “a place where we come together and share love, build each other up, and shape a positive community that is rich in heart + art.”
She is a graduate of Five Towns College in Dix Hills, NY, where she earned a degree in vocal performance.
The NCCU Lyceum Series promotes and enhances the intellectual, cultural and aesthetic aspects of student growth and development through a series of outstanding lectures, concerts and exhibitions.