K. Michelle turns into an L.A. transplant for season 2 of her VH1 series My Life. The Love & Hip Hop alum (who’ll still be starring in Mona Scott-Young’s franchise for LHH: Atlanta this year) gets to work on her third album — the follow-up to her two No. 1 albums: 2013’s Rebellious Soul and 2014’s sophomore set Anybody Wanna Buy a Heart? — while aiming for a “non-urban” sound, as seen in the show’s supertrailer.
“I want to be able to sing what I want,” she tells Billboard a day before her single “Not a Little Bit” drops. “If I want to be able to sing country, I want to be able to show that. I want to be able to sing ballads that touch the world and not just one demographic. I’m just not going to be told that because I’m black, I have to do this anymore.” She says you can expect her singing country and tackling dance records on the yet-to-be-titled LP. “It’s just a variety of music that feels good.”
Between hopping from Atlanta to L.A. to London while recording the album, My Life also finds K. Michelle in the throes of dating. Being able to live her love life in front of the cameras — whether she’s on the prowl for a “Caucasian man” or starting up the rumor mill with Nicki Minaj’s ex Safaree — the Memphis-bred songstress reps her single status well.
“I don’t think [putting my love life out there] is a challenge. My love life is a big part of my music,” she offers. “It’s a big part of everything and people take it so seriously with me. It’s so crazy, like I can’t date normal people! So putting it on the show is really no different than putting it to the music other than [viewers] get to actually see me in the relationship and what it’s like to go through it.”
Comparing her time on Love & Hip Hop, one main difference about spearheading her own show is having the freedom to be the boss and not worry about a drink-throwing catfight. “You really get to be in detail with what goes on,” explains K., who is also working on her home goods line, restaurant in Atlanta and a specialty drink with Jack Daniels. “I can’t control what the other girls do around me but when it’s my show, I’m the executive producer so I’m very much involved with what goes on and I’m very big on non-scripted — I don’t like scripted things. I like [for the show] to go with the flow. I can film how I wanna film. I can make it the truth and keep it the truth.”
Get a taste of K. Michelle’s truth in the exclusive clip below, where she confides in rapper Trina about her new music. K. Michelle: My Life hits small screens on Monday (Jan. 25) on VH1 at 9:30 p.m. ET.