Fresh off a sold out ‘Lights Out Tour’ in the DMV with The Dream, Kelly Rowland stopped past 93.9 WKYS to promote her upcoming album ‘Talk A Good Game’. The previous night, Kelly Rowland broke down during her performance of ‘Dirty Laundry’ and had the entire crowd damn near in tears, as she sung about her abusive relationship and bittersweet feelings with Beyonce.
Even though this was my first time interviewing Kelly Rowland, you would have thought we had been friends for years. She has always been described as humble and genuine, and after sitting down and talking with her, I see why she has said to be such. Rowland is an artist that some like to put under the radar, even with her impeccable talent. With her latest project, new sound, and outlook on life, those doubters need to recognize that she is here!
In the interview, Kelly Rowland clarifies the rumors of her being jealous of Beyonce in ‘Dirty Laundry’ and playing it for Bey and Michelle, her judging style on X-Factor, postponing the tour, performing at Superbowl—wait, I would could go on and on what the interview is about, but then you wouldn’t watch it.
On “Talk A Good Game”
The album takes you on a journey through my thoughts. It’s me being very open…which for a second, was a little hard on certain songs. I remember for “Dirty Laundry”, I was saying I didn’t want to put that on the album. It was a form of therapy. You’re supposed to grow and learn from it.
Playing “Dirty Laundry” for Beyonce and Kelly:
It was the place that I was in…I was so young. My head was completely gone. That’s what happened with my sister. What matters to me most is what we have. I’m so grateful for what we have as sisters…away from Destiny’s Child. I played it (“Dirty Laundry”) for her and Michelle. Beyonce said, “I never left”.
Breaking down while performing “Dirty Laundry”:
It’s really weird when you take yourself in front of a crowd. Even in that moment of when I put my feet up, I felt like I was in therapy. I was singing and talking about what happened, and for a moment, it was like that crowd wasn’t even there. And then when the music stopped…I was like “You are live Kel. Calm down.” And I had to calm down, and then I had to breathe. You get lost…and it’s nothing wrong with getting lost. But that was weird. I felt like I could do that with D.C.
Being sexually empowered:
I felt empowered. And the first time I had a moment like that was with Rico Love (“Motivation)”. Singing the song just made you feel womanly.
Signing to “X-Factor”:
Yes. I’m doing X-Factor. When I did it in the UK…I really enjoyed that process. I enjoyed the auditioning process, I enjoy watching the artists’ development. Because I went through that phase. And you want to be there….You want to be a voice of reason or knowledge. I think it’s important to be honest and give constructive criticism. I’m not a dream crusher.
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Talk A Good Game is in stores June 18th.