Chrisette Michele Joins Maxwell On Sold-Out U.S. Tour !!!

Grammy Award-winning Def Jam recording artist Chrisette Michele, who continues to tour the U.S. aggressively this summer in support of her brand new second album EPIPHANY – has been chosen as the opening act for one of the highest profile tours of 2009, as she joins fellow neo-soul artist Maxwell on the road in support of his 8-year comeback album, BLACKsummers’night.

Soulful, jazz-influenced vocalist Chrisette’s 20-day, 14-city tour with Maxwell (most dates already sold-out) opens July 12th at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, and concludes at Miami’s Waterfront Theater on July 31st.  (Please see dates below.)  The tour immediately follows Chrisette’s most recent 17-city May-June itinerary with fellow Grammy winner Anthony Hamilton and neo-soulman Musiq Soulchild.  2009 marks the third consecutive summer that Chrisette has won prime billing spots on tour – after playing out with Raheem DeVaughan from May-July 2008, and with Musiq in July-August 2007.

EPIPHANY debuted at #1 Soundscan following its arrival in the physical and digital marketplace on May 5th.  The album built on the success of its Top 10 Adult R&B title tune hit“Epiphany (I’m Leaving),” co-written by fellow Def Jam artist Ne-Yo and producer Chuck Harmony.  The second single was “What You Do” (featuring Ne-Yo), whose video co-starred Pooch Hall of the CW sitcom The Game.

Chrisette celebrated EPIPHANY’s breakthrough with tv appearances in May on CBS’s The Late Show with David Letterman, NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and the CBS Early Show.  In April, she appeared on VH1 Soulstages: Chrisette Michele presented by Infiniti. Chrisette also taped an AOL Music Sessions which will air later this month.

EPIPHANY follows up Chrisette’s RIAA gold debut album I AM (released June 2007). The album, produced by multi-platinum 10-time Grammy Award winner Babyface, contained the R&B and AC hits “If I Have My Way,” “Best Of Me” and “Be OK” (featuring will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas).  “Be OK” went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance.  Full-length versions of “If I Have My Way” and “Best Of Me” can be heard on Chrisette’s MySpace site, http://www.myspace.com/chrisettemichele, along with three other tracks from I AM (“Love Is You,” “Your Joy,” “Good Girl”) as well as “Epiphany (I’m Leaving).” The MySpace site has logged more than 3.1 million Profile Views, and more than 9.5 million Total Plays.

CHRISETTE MICHELE ON TOUR WITH MAXWELL

Date                City                             Venue

July      12        Nashville, TN               Ryman Auditorium

13        Louisville, KY              Louisville Palace Theatre

15        Columbus, OH             Palace Theater

16        Cleveland, OH             Allen Theater

18        Pittsburgh, PA              Heinz Hall

19        Buffalo, NY                  Shea’s Performing Arts Center

21        Albany, NY                  The Palace

22        Newark, NJ                 NJ Performing Arts Center

24        Atlantic City, NJ           Borgata Events Center

25        Ledyard, CT                Foxwoods Casino

27        Norfolk, VA                 Chrysler Hall

28        Savannah, GA              Johnny Mercer

30        Clearwater, FL             Ruth Eckerd Hall

31        Miami, FL                    Waterfront Theater

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