Kelly Rowland discussed Destiny’s Child, the leak of her new album, and working with Lil Wayne and David Guetta when she stopped by Billboard.com for a Live Q&A Monday (July 25) — the day before her third solo album, “Here I Am,” drops. Watch the archived footage of the Live Q&A below.
“As an artist I’ve allowed myself to try different things in the studio,” Rowland said. “Where I would have been a little scared, I allowed myself to just be. I wasn’t afraid. That was one of the best parts of this album is the fact that there was nothing holding me back. The only thing that could have been holding me back would be myself.”
Rowland worked with Lil Wayne, Big Sean, David Guetta, Rico Love and Ester Dean on her new album, and had only flattering things to say about her collaborators. Lil Wayne worked with Rowland on her first single, “Motivation,” which peaked at No. 1 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
“He’s just an artist that loves music,” said Rowland of Weezy, whom she has not had the chance to work with since he collaborated on Destiny’s Child’s “Soldier” in 2004. “You can tell that just by how genius he is on his records. When I loved this record [“Motivation”], I was hoping he would love the record. And you can tell that it vibed with him or it connected with him in some sort of way for him to do what he did on this record because when I got it back — I literally was at a loss for words.”
She also worked with David Guetta in the past and teamed up with him for a track on “Here I Am,” titled “Commander.” “David is great. He really, really is. And I’m so excited he has a new album coming out,” Rowland mused. “He’s great to work with in the studio. His energy for music — his passion for music is nonstop.”
“To be honest with you — myself, Michelle and B — we haven’t talked about it. It has not come up in our conversations. We talk about everything else… But we haven’t talked about that yet,” Rowland said.
The star is used to being compared to Beyoncé, and is used to being asked about Destiny’s Child. It doesn’t bother her, but she said, “What kind of angers me a bit is just the fact that Michelle is in Destiny’s Child, too, and respect her and know that it’s three of us — it’s not two.”
All three women are supportive of each other. “It’s just really great that we’re all doing different things and we’re all happy in our space,” Rowland said.
Rowland’s ten-track “Here I Am” album drops tomorrow (July 26), and fans are eagerly awaiting what is expected to be a successful release. “One of the best parts of this album is the fact that there was nothing holding me back,” Rowland said. “The only thing that could have been holding me back would be myself.”