Kimberly Michelle Pate, better known by her stage name K. Michelle, is an American R&B singer, songwriter, and television personality. In 2009, she signed a deal to Jive Records that led her into releasing her first R&B-charting single, called "Fakin' It" featuring Missy Elliott. After the release of "Fakin' It", she preceded to be releasing other three R&B songs – "Fallin'", "I Just Can't Do This", and "How Many Times" – to which that all of them attained their spots on the charts, even before she left the label. In 2012, Michelle garnered further attention by appearing in VH1's reality series Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. Following her appearance on the show, starring these shows led her to signed a newer record deal with Atlantic Records, to which she later released her long-delayed debut album Rebellious Soul on August 13, 2013. The album saw commercial success, debuting at number 2 on the US Billboard 200, and number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.
Michelle's The Rebellious Soul Musical that was directed by a Golden Globe winner Idris Elba, and it debuted on VH1 on August 19, 2014. In 2014, Michelle received her own reality TV show K. Michelle: My Life. In December 2014, Michelle released her second album Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart?, which debuted at number 6 on the US Billboard 200, and number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. She became the first ever African American to have an endorsement deal with Jack Daniels to begin developing her own drink. On March 25, 2016, Michelle released her third album More Issues Than Vogue, which debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200, and number one on the US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.