Two years ago, viewers watched as Adrienne Bailon (now Adrienne Houghton) got emotional during a segment of The Real while revealing why she stopped singing. “I’m scared to fail, I don’t like the sound of my own voice,” Bailon said while tearing up.
The former 3LW member and Cheetah Girl has talked about recording a solo album for some years now, but she feared her voice and her music would not be accepted. “What if people don’t like it? What if it’s not successful?” she said at the time. “I almost have been saying I would rather it not come out and just say, well, it never came out, than for it to come out and be wack.”
Fear no more: The songstress returned with a Christmas album, New Tradiciones (“New Traditions”), last month, and last week, she even performed a song from the project on The Real. “I wanted to do an album that felt like my Christmas’s growing up & celebrating our Latin culture,” Adrienne wrote in an Instagram post last month. “I want my future children & the next generation to never forget their roots!”
F R I D A Y — I can’t believe it… it’s finally here… My Christmas Album! NEW TRADICIONES! (New Traditions) — My heart is so beyond full… i shared with you all a while back my fear of singing & because of YOUR words of love & encouragement… I DID IT! I thank you with all of my heart. This is for YOU! We recorded this entire album in our home with our familia & all the musicians & producers that became familia during the process! I wanted to do an album that felt like MY Christmas’s growing up & celebrating our Latin culture! I want my future children & the next generation to never forget our roots! Even my nieces Jet Marie & Beau Harper are singing on the album! This is a dream come true… & the best part is… We are giving back… All of the proceeds go to rebuilding PUERTO RICO! —- —-?? So this Friday 11•17 from my familia to yours… #NewTradiciones BESOS xo
All proceeds from the album go toward rebuilding Puerto Rico after the devastating Hurricane Irma destroyed over 50 percent of the island. “It’s important that we keep awareness because we hear about it for a little bit in the news and then it goes away and we forget that these people don’t have drinking water, no power, no ac.”
Watch her performance of “The Gift” below: