Kimberly Michelle Pate, better known by her stage name K. Michelle is a well-known singer, songwriter, and reality television star. She’s more popular for her alleged plastic surgery, wild cat fights, and tumultuous love life with music producers and NBA players. However, the “Rebellious Soul” has successfully built a loyal fan base, dropped a hit R&B album, and landed her a new tv show deal on VH1. This talented southern bell has a true success story. From struggling for a buzz, to being on the cover of every urban tabloid, K. Michelle has a true ashy to classy story worth being told.
K. Michelle was born March 4, 1986 in Memphis Tennessee. Having once had the same vocal coach as international superstar Justin Timberlake, her career began when she signed to Jive Records in December 2008. She released the buzz singles “Self Made” and “Fakin’ It” in 2009 in hopes of garnering attention from the public eye. While “Self Made” peaked at #89 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songsand received hardly any attention, Michelle’s Missy Elliott–assisted “Fakin’ It” went on to attain slight attention from the urban audience for its racy content and male-bashing lyrics.
In 2010, following the buzz singles’ release, Michelle went on to release two follow-up singles: “I Just Can’t Do This” and “How Many Times”; both of which respectively charted at #53 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs before asking to be brought out of her label contract by RCA Records in October 2011. Prior to her departure from RCA, K. Michelle was in the process of recording her debut Rebellious Soul (formerly titled Pain Medicine) that was slated to feature collaborations from the likes of R. Kelly,Trina, Usher, Gucci Mane, Akon and Missy Elliott. However, only R. Kelly’s contributions saw the light of day on the final cut of the album.
In 2012, K. Michelle joined the cast on season one of VH1’s reality TV show Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. She caught America’s attention after admitting to her ex-boyfriend, music producer Memphitz, physically abusing her during their relationship. She was also notorious for getting into various fights and altercations with the cast of the show. During its run, Michelle announced she would be leaving the show after the second season to move to New York to join Love & Hip Hop NY and focus more on her music career.
Following her appearance on the reality series, Michelle signed a deal with Warner Bros. Records and has since then released her debut album Rebellious Soul on August 13th, 2013. K. Michelle continues to fill tabloids over her highly publicized breakups with NBA players J.R. Smith, and Lance Stephenson, and she has recently been in Twitter feuds with rival R&B/Reality star Tamar Braxton, and Love and Hip Hop NY star Erica Mena. K also had the streets talking over her alleged butt and breast implants. K was honest about getting her teeth done, as she now rocks veneers, but she hasn’t admitted to having her butt or breast done.
Aside from the drama in her life K. Michelle is extremely talented. She trained in the piano, guitar, and is a phenomenal singer and songwriter. K lists her influences as R. Kelly, Whitney Houston, and Mary J. Blige, and you can hear her influences all in her music. This Rebellious Soul has a bright future in store for her, so from her days in the struggle to now….K. Michelle is a perfect example of how if you stay true to yourself, are real, and express your talents, your dreams can come true.