Kelly Rowland’s new album, “Ms. Kelly,” was originally due in 2006. “It was dragging too much,” Rowland recalls of listening to what she terms the album’s “first draft.” “I tend to go for midtempos and ballads. But I thought, ‘I’ve got to speed this up. I’m 25, not a homebody. I can still shake a tail feather.'”
Opening the album is Rowland’s sassy and fun lead single “Like This,” featuring Eve and sporting the production imprints of Polow Da Don and Sean Garrett. Underscoring the subtly assertive stance of its title, the album cohesively showcases Kelly Rowland, the maturing woman and singer/songwriter versus Kelly Rowland, former teen idol and founding member of Destiny’s Child.
“I was searching on my first album and didn’t know exactly what I wanted,” she says. “I knew I loved alternative music, rock and R&B. I just wanted to fuse it all together.” Thus, Rowland worked with a stable of producers that includes other marquee names like Tank (who duets with Rowland on the ultra-sexy “The Show”), Rockwilder, Billy Mann and Soulshock & Karlin. The album’s only other guest is Snoop Dogg, who layers his languid flow over the ’70s-vibed, good girls/bad boys-themed “Ghetto.”
“This album is very personal,” she declares. “What I wanted to say, what producers and writers I wanted to work with; it was everything coming from me. I found my way with this record.”