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Parents need to know that Grammy-nominated Chrisette Michele is a singer with a strong moral compass and she's very selective about the songs she sings and the image she portrays. Michele and her music provide a strong female role model for young girls in a music industry accustomed to promoting female singers via their sex appeal rather than their singing abilities.
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It's been too long since an introspective and talented soul singer has emerged on the music scene, but Michele is much more an original than a protégé. Although she's definitely a throwback to the good ol' days of jazz, her lyrics and vocal stylings are truly modern. Silky, smooth, and rich, listening to Michele's voice is like being wrapped in velvet while eating chocolate fondue. And it's with the little surprise inflections and subtly hit high notes, particularly on tracks such as "Your Joy" and "Love is You," that Michele truly sets herself apart. There's a refreshing depth to the album's lyrics, all co-written by Michele. "Best of Me" explores the emotions surrounding a break-up ("Not realizing the beauty that your eyes once saw in mine/I guess its time to find the best of me"). And the mature "Mr. Radio" dismisses superficial love with lyrics like "But is there more than physical?/Isn't love much deeper?/Write a song that's spiritual/Write about a lover's soul/tough love's much sweeter."
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Families can talk about promotion in the music industry. Her debut album wasn't heavily promoted, yet she has developed a following based on the quality of the album. With the Internet, how is it possible for an independent artist to promote herself today? Do you think the quality of music will increase because of these new opportunities for aspiring artists? Also, one of Michele's songs, "Good Girl," explores society's obsession with material success ("Dough don't make a brother golden/What can really make a man?"). How does society judge success? How do you personally determine someone's worth?