Chrisette Michele, "I'm A Star"

Working in the affectionate style of R&B songstresses like Toni Braxton and Mary J. Blige, Chrisette Michele's jazz-trained vocals shine on "I'm a Star," the empowering first single from her forthcoming third album, "Let Freedom Reign." The singer teams with producer Chuck Harmony and uses Ne-Yo's songwriting skills to narrate the stirring revival of her self-worth. "Tonight's a celebration, raising a toast to me being happy," Michele sings, belting the high notes while maintaining a comfortable tone throughout the track. The rhythmic percussion and metronomic piano in the background nicely set the stage for Michele's emotional performance at the song's conclusion. True to its title, "I'm a Star" gives her the proper platform to overtake her surroundings; in fact, the backup singers are barely noticeable until the song's bridge.

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