Kimberly Michelle Pate, better known by her stage name K. Michelle, is an African American R&B recording artist, pianist, guitarist and songwriter. She first received notice in 2009 with the charting single "Fakin' It" (featuring Missy Elliott), and later went on to release the follow-up singles: "Fallin'", "I Just Can't Do This", and "How Many Times". In the summer of 2012, K. Michelle garnered further attention by appearing in the VH1 reality series Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta. Following her appearance on the show, she landed a contract deal with Atlantic Records. She released her long-delayed debut album Rebellious Soul on August 13, 2013. The album saw commercial success, debuting at number 2 on the Billboard 200 and number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling 72,000 copies its first week.