Chrisette has definitely been on her musical grind for quite some time, and now has expanded her brand into the world of reality television, by joining the cast of “R&B Divas: Los Angeles“. Chrisette, along with soul singer, Leela James, will replace former cast members Dawn Robinson & Kelly Price.

When Chrisette was asked about her rapport with the cast thus far, she said:

“I actually like them, but at first, I was really afraid because I would be the one to slap one of them”…so I told them, “if we are going to be doing this together, we need to seek therapy”.

Fellow cast members include Chanté Moore, Lil’ Mo, Michel’le and Claudette Ortiz, which have returned for the 2nd season. The ladies are currently filming in Puerto Rico.

The two new “Divas” made an appearance on TV One’s “NewsOne” to talk about the show! Check our their interview.

chrisette-michele-promo_thelavalizardChrisette Michele is a Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter with four solo albums and a series of featured credits under her belt. She gained initial industry traction in 2006 for her contributions to a series of hip hop singles, including “Lost One” on Jay-Z’s album Kingdom Come, and “Can’t Forget About You,” “Still Dreaming“, and “Hope” on Nas’ album Hip Hop is Dead.

In 2007, she released her debut album I Am, and was featured on Ghostface Killah’s album The Big Doe Rehab on the bonus track, “Slow Down.” In 2008, Chrisette was featured on the single “Let Us Live” on The Game’s album LAX, and “Rising Up” on The Roots’ album Rising Down. Chrisette released her second album Epiphany in 2009, and won a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for her single “Be OK.” In 2010, she released her third album, Let Freedom Reign, and additionally was featured on rapper Rick Ross’ album Teflon Don on the track “Aston Martin Music” (along with Ross and Drake). Her fourth album, Better, was released in June 2013, and has received a 56th Annual Grammy Awards nomination for Best R&B Album.

Leela James exclusive _1_photo credit Devin DehavenLeela 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, while earning 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, which she describes as: raw talent, musical substance and an authentic voice that’s timeless, all of which are embodied on Leela’s upcoming fourth studio album, to be released in 2014, and new single entitled “Say That,” (a sultry duet with Anthony Hamilton).

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