26 year old sultry-voiced singer Chrisette Michelle bestows her sophomore recording Epiphany upon us today. The follow up to her gold-certified, double Grammy-nominated debut I AM, Epiphany marks a transition away from her traditional leanings to a fuller integration of hip-hop soul. Opening with spacey keyboards and girl group backgrounds, Chrisette's bold declaration of fly girl independence ("It's over," she sings) on "Epiphany (I'm Leaving)" featuring Ne-Yo sets the tone of most of the disc.
While angst and heartbreak is part of Chrisette Michele's persona on this project, the power and strength of her material gives it the sound of a future classic. Without a doubt, this is the first great album of 2009.
Stream tracks from the album here.