It’s official ladies! “Epiphany” singer Chrisette Michele, Chante Moore, Lil’ Mo and Michel’le will be at the 2014 Women’s Empowerment Series! Save the date: April 26, 2014.
Chrisette Michele is one of the newest ladies to join TV One’s “R&B Divas LA” cast. She first made her mark on the music scene in 2006 when she was featured on Jay Z’s “Lost One” on his Kingdom Come album. She also made appearances on Nas’ album Hop Hop is Dead in “Can’t Forget About You,” “Hope,” and “Still Dreaming.”
Michele debuted her very first solo album I Am in 2007 and was also featured on Ghostface Killah’s The Big Doe Rehab’s bonus track “Slow Down.” A year later she sung on “Let Us Live” from The Game’s album LAX as well as “Rising Up” on The Roots’ album Rising Down.
After the success of her first album she released her sophomore project, Epiphany in 2009. A single from the album, “Be OK” earned her a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance. She went on to release her third album in 2010, Let Freedom Reign. She was also the iconic voice on Rick Ross’ popular song “Aston Martin Music” from his album Teflon Don. The single also featured hip hop artist Drake.
Michele continued her success with her fourth album, Better, that earned her a nod for the 56th Annual Grammy Awards Best R&B Album.
Stay tuned for more guests and ticket info!
Chante Moore is definitely making her way to the Circle City for the 2014 Women’s Empowerment Series! The “R&B Divas” LA star is slated to join a few of her co-stars for the event that is sure to be inspiring!
Moore’s passion for music and singing began long before she got her break. As a minster’s daughter, she began singing in church. Her sultry voice known for its amazing four-octave vocal range was later discovered after she competed in a beauty pageant. She officially entered the music industry at 22-years-old upon signing her first record deal. Now, her memorable hits such as “Love’s Taken Over,” “Chante’s Got A Man,” “It’s Alright” and “I’m What You Need” are still taking over the airwaves. She has contributed her beautiful voice to other legendary singers’ projects including “One More Time” with Kenny G, “Your Home Is in My Heart” with Boyz II Men, which was featured on the How Stella Got Her Groove Back soundtrack. Her song “Wey U” was a hit song on the popular Waiting to Exhale movie as well.
Moore’s soulful talent has earned her a number of nominations for Soul Train Music Awards and NAACP Image Awards. Her collaboration with The Isley Brothers for “Contagious” earned her a Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo. She was featured in Otis Sallid’s Gospel! Gospel! Gospel! at the Wilshire Ebell Theater.
Moore, who is the mother of two children, is slated to make her Broadway debut in “Gospel Soul Rock ‘n’ Roll”.
While Lil Mo, born Cynthia Loving, is known for her catchy hooks on songs like Ja Rule’s “Put It On Me”, she also made a name for herself as a radio personality, songwriter and record producer. Dubbed the “Godmother of Hip-Hop and R&B”, Lil mo’ has also collaborated with heavy hitters like Keith Sweat, Black Street, Jay Z and Fabolous. Her songs “Superwoman” and “Forever” were girl power and love anthems for women everywhere. Which makes it no surprise that she has been named a “who’s Who” of Hip-Hop and R&B. However, her childhood doesn’t sing to the tune of the hard-knock lifestyle that many other artists croon about. Lil Mo’s family was often called the “fake Cosbys” when she was growing up.
Her songwriting skills scored her a product deal with Flavahood Entertainment and caught the attention of Hip-Hop great Missy Elliott, who chose one of Lil’ Mo’s tracks for her Da Real World project. She ended up collaborating with Missy Elliott on her popular song “Hot Boyz” as well as her fellow “R&B Divas: LA” star Kelly Price.
Lil’ Mo took a break from the music industry to spend more time with her husband and manager Philip Bryant. She is mother to four children, ranging in age from 4 months to 10-years-old. Now, she’s ready for her comeback and being a positive influence for her little ones.
When most people think of Michel’le Toussant they can’t help but to notice the difference between her high pitched voice and powerful vocals. She kicked off her musical career as a featured female vocalist on the World Class Wreckin’ Cru’s “Turn Off the Lights” single that was released in 1987. Her career quickly took off as she signed to Eazy-E’s Ruthless Records. She released her first solo, self-titled album just two years later. It featured her top hits “No More Lies,” “Nicety” and “Something in My Heart” and was produced by music mogul Dr. Dre.
In 1998 Michel’le dropped her third solo album, Hung Jury, with Death Records. She tied the knot with Suge Knight in 1999. The couple had a daughter together before the ended their marriage in 2002. Her last recorded song, “I Know Where I’m Going,” is featured on the Dysfunktional Family Soundtrack that was released in 2003.
Michel’le is a mother of two and is currently working on getting full swing back into the music industry as well as writing a memoir.
Leela James burst onto the scene with her 2006 debut album A Change is Gonna Come, introducing audiences to her considerable vocal chops and garnering nominations for Outstanding New Artist at the NAACP Image Awards and Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist of 2008 at the Soul Train Music Awards. She has gone on to record three subsequent albums including My Soul, which reached #7 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart and #37 on the Billboard 200 chart, and earned acclaim from critics for her songwriting skills. Nicknamed Baby Etta as a little girl, James paid homage to her idol in 2012 by recording her album Loving You More…In the Spirit of Etta James. The acclaimed recording artist appreciates the eternal qualities of an undeniable star — raw talent, musical substance and an authentic voice that’s timeless — all of which are embodied on Leela James’ upcoming fourth studio album, to be released in 2014, and new single “Say That,” a sultry duet with Anthony Hamilton.
Singer and former model Claudette Ortiz made a splash on the music scene as the lead singer of the popular R&B/Hip-hop group City High. The trio, best known for their 2001 Grammy®-nominated single “What Would You Do?” disbanded in 2003. Ortiz and former City High member Ryan Toby are remembered not only for their music but also for their tumultuous marriage, which eventually ended in 2007. Ortiz launched her solo career and released her first single, “Can’t Get Enough,” which peaked at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #37 on the U.S. R&B chart. Now, the single mother of three who once considered enlisting in the Air Force reserves to ensure her family’s financial stability is now back a
#WES2014: Cast of “R&B Divas: LA” Confirmed Guests! was originally published on tlcnaptown.com