Michel’le Toussaint is an R&B recording artist and songwriter who will forever hold a place in music history as one of the most important female voices in the West Coast Hip Hop Movement. Signed to Ruthless Records as a teenager, her label mates included pioneers such as Eazy E, NWA and the D.O.C.
A native of Compton, CA, it’s clear that Michel’le had her own unique vision of combining the street influence of urban culture, r&b / hip hop music and intertwining it with sultry vocals and powerful lyrics. Her voice was unquestionably one of the most unique instruments ever heard in music, a high-pitched speaking voice and a beautifully aggressive singing voice. Ruthless Records made history when it released their first Urban Contemporary project, the self-titled “Michel’le” which went platinum, selling over 3 million copies and garnering several hit singles including the now classics “Something in My Heart,” “No More Lies,” and the funky anthem “Nicety.” Michel’le brought together rap music and soulful R&B in a way that no one had ever done before, earning her recognition as “One of the true, West Coat Urban Music Icons.”
Now the mother of two, in the midst of true career resurgence – she is making her move back into the spotlight. Her first major endeavor was joining the cast of the TVOne reality show “R&B Divas LA”, where she quickly showcased her fun loving personality, and witty humor, making her an unexpected fan favorite. Next she’ll be sharing her personal story of triumph in Lifetime’s “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le” made in partnership with Sony Pictures Television and Thinkfactory Media.