With Destiny's Child having called it a career this fall, group member Kelly Rowland has quickly dived in to work on her next solo album.
With Destiny's Child having called it a career this fall, group member Kelly Rowland has quickly dived in to work on her next solo album. Among the collaborators on the as-yet-untitled Columbia set are songwriter Sean Garrett and Solange Knowles, the younger sister of Rowland's Destiny's Child cohort Beyonce.
"It has been a very personal album for me," Rowland tells Billboard.com. "It has been one of the best experiences of my life. It's a look into the past two years, going through different relationships, love and growing as a woman. It's a soul-searching record. It's really beautiful."
Rowland's ex-group mates will not be far from her thoughts as the creative process rolls forward. "Michelle [Williams] is in the studio right now writing a song for my album," she enthuses. "And I'm going to play all the songs for Beyonce and see which ones are her favorites. I always look to her for advice."
The upcoming album is the follow-up to Rowland's 2002 solo debut, "Simply Deep," which debuted at No. 3 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and No. 12 on The Billboard 200.
As previously reported, a DVD taped at Destiny's Child's July 15 show in Atlanta will arrive in February. "We have so many funny moments, like bringing guys up in different cities during 'Cater 2 U,'" Rowland says. "There's a performance with myself and Nelly. We let you backstage, like right before we go up the lift. We wanted everybody to be able to see what goes on behind the scenes."