by Courtney Whitaker, DC Fab! Correspondent
On Friday, R&B singer Chrisette Michele took over a special Halloween edition of “The Park Unplugged,” a weekly concert held at the McPhereson Square lounge. Chrisette entertained her fans with hits including “Golden,” “Lovely,” and “Blame It on Me.” The singer known for her R&B sound with a touch of Jazz, finished her set with her own rendition of “Total Praise,” which took The Park to church!
The Fab Empire chatted with Chrisette backstage right before her performance. The R&B singer gushed about her new upcoming album and spilled the beans on her favorite D.C. hot spots.
The Fab Empire: Are you excited to perform tonight? What are some rituals you do before you perform?
Chrisette Michele: Yes, I’m very excited. I don’t really have any. I’d be lying if I said I had some rituals, but I can make some up. (laughs) I just really don’t have any.
How does it feel go from being a normal Long Island girl to ending up touring around the world? What’s it like?
It’s pretty crazy. I mean it is true, you come from one place and everywhere you go it’s totally, totally, totally different from where you’re from. You have to learn how to adapt to every type of situation and every type of person.
Now that you’re in D.C., where do you like to visit? What are your favorite restaurants here?
Ben’s Chili Bowl. Wale took me to Ben’s Chili Bowl and then next door to Ben’s Chili Bowl, that little fancy spot.
Oh, Ben’s Next Door?
Yeah, I think they’re connected together. They showed us a lot of love there.
Are you working on a mixtape, an album?
I’m in the studio right now. I literally flew from L.A. just to come and say hello to everybody. And I fly back out tomorrow, but I’m working on my fourth album. It should be out around next March. I think it will be the best thing I’ve done so far. I’m really excited.
Who are you looking forward to working with on this album that you haven’t before?
No I.D. It’s going to be really really fun. I’ve been listening to a lot of different types of music and No I.D. is just really able to pull it all together. I’m writing again, so it’s going to be a little bit more like I Am.
Will be the theme or story line you’re going for with this album?
I’m thinking love. I haven’t done that yet. I’m always writing about sad stuff or I’m always angry at a guy. I’m just very excited and happy to be at work.
Photo Credit: Lavan Anderson