Everything and everyone grows. Chrisette Michele is no exception. A veteran at the grizzled age of 27, and on the cusp of her third album, Chrisette has found that middle ground. In 2007 she released the critically lauded I Am, which fetched Chrisette her first Grammy for the song “Be OK” written by Chrisette herself and produced by will.i.am. 2009 brought the commercial success of Epiphany, which debuted at #1 on Soundscan and the Billboard charts. Now, Chrisette is prepared to Let Freedom Reign. Let Freedom Reign is a full plate, an unusually whole sonic spectrum. In an age of disposable tracks and thoughtless compositions, this album is the poignant counterpoint. That applies even to its name. “I spent time with the naming of Let Freedom Reign,” Chrisette states. “Let is a verb meaning to allow, to make room for. Freedom, we know what that is. And Reign means to be supreme. And freedom can’t reign unless you allow it to. This moment I’m in the midst of is about doing whatever it is to bring freedom into your life, to make freedom your reality. Let Freedom Reign is a mandate to the people who are listening, a challenge to the people who are listening to create freedom and truth in their lives.”
Just'Us, consisting of Baltimore natives London Savoy (19), Maryland Lavon (19), Paris Moore (21), and Skye Monroe(21) are the first female group signed to Mary J. Blige's label, Matriarch Entertainment. Check out their DC debut, when they open up for Chrisette Michelle on 8/14 and 8/15 at The Howard Theatre.