Personal and creative growth intersect on K. Michelle’s third full-length album, More Issues Than Vogue (Atlantic Records). The chart-topping and award-winning R&B singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, television personality, and mogul didn’t just realize her sound, but she also realized herself.
“When I start an album, I’m normally heartbroken and thinking about a man,” she admits. “I wasn’t in that place. So, I had to say, ‘Instead of focusing on a guy, it’s time for me to give to myself.’ I started to realize my accomplishments and try to accept my flaws. The music became more upbeat. You still have records speaking on pain and getting over it, but you’ve got a lot of boasting from me. I’m feeling myself and liking the person I’ve become. I’m more confident as a musician and a woman.”
K. Michelle has certainly got every reason to be confident. The Memphis, TN native’s second album, Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?, bowed at #1 on Billboard’s R&B chart and #6 on the Billboard Top 200, eventually becoming the “best-selling female R&B album of 2014.” Rolling Stone placed it among the “Top 20 R&B Albums of the Year,” while Complex, Washington Post, and more extolled it.
Only a year prior, her major label debut Rebellious Soul earned the distinction of becoming the highest Top 200 entry for a female R&B singer’s debut since 2001, also coming in at #1 on Billboard’s R&B chart and #2 on the Billboard Top 200. Alongside those achievements she received a Soul Train Award for “Best New Artist” and an NAACP Image Award for “Outstanding New Artist.” In early 2016, the second season of her VH1 reality show, K. Michelle: My Life, opened to an audience of over 3.2 million viewers up 7.5%, and she made history becoming the “first African American to receive an endorsement deal from Jack Daniels.”