Normani On Solo Album, Planned Missy Elliott Collaboration & Beyonce Comparisons: 'I Want to Work For My Spot'

The FADER / Thomas Richard McCarty
Normani 

Transitioning from being a member of a pop group to a solo artist isn't easy -- even if Normani makes it look that way.

The former Fifth Harmony member has made a rapid ascent up the pop-music hierarchy, even garnering some comparisons to BeyoncĂ©. “It’s flattering, but I definitely have room to grow and improve," the singer told The Fader when asked about the comparisons. "I want to work for my spot. It’s not fair that I’m the 'next BeyoncĂ©' just yet. But I hope to become that.”

She may be new to the solo game, but after years of being bound by her role as a member of Fifth Harmony, she has a lot of ideas and is ready to explore new territory. “I’m able to go to the studio now and write about ideas that actually mean something to me,” she says. “I am going back to the music that I grew up with that really inspires me. I get to pull from that and incorporate those sounds into this project. It’s not like somebody else sitting in a chair over at the label has a set idea as to who these girls are going to be and us having to go along with that.”

With the power to write about what she wants comes the ability to collaborate with who she wants too. Recently, the singer teamed up with Khalid for their Love, Simon soundtrack hit "Love Lies." It doesn't stop there, though: Normani has a schedule full of artists she wants to work with. “I’m supposed to work with Missy Elliott really soon, which I’ll go to Atlanta to do. I think I have two weeks with her. I recently worked with Stargate. I’m supposed to be working with The-Dream, Jude Demorest, London on Da Track, DJ Mustard, Priscilla Renea, Ester Dean who is a legend, there’s a lot of people [involved],” the singer says.

As for the material on her highly anticipated solo debut album, Normani doesn't want to hide her roots. "My Mom was raised in the same house in New Orleans that I was raised in as a little girl. I want to shed light on my truth,” she says.