Kelly Rowland. The superwoman has been juggling various role as of late, most recently developing the girl group June’s Diary, from her BET show “Chasing Destiny.”
However, now it’s Kelly’s time, as the R&B chanteuse is ready to devote more of her time to finishing work on her anticipated follow-up to 2013’s Talk A Good Game. But, that’s only one of her hustles right now — with a book, movie, and makeup line also in the works, Ms. Kelly is poised to take over in 2017.
While attending “Made In America” last weekend, the singer caught up with Billboard for a new interview, where she shared some details on all her latest work, including being an artist, actress, entrepreneur, writer, and kick-ass Mom!
Check out the interview below.
ON JUNE’S DIARY:
“I’m still hands-on but I’m falling back a little bit because I want them to find their way. I don’t want to hold their hand. Me and Frank [Gatson] noticed that we can’t do that. They’re grown women. The same way that me, Michelle and Bey had to fight our way through, they need to fight. And you appreciate it more when you pull your own outfits together, when you handle a situation where you only have one mic or when you get through a 20-city radio tour and didn’t kill each other. It’s those things that really shape and mold you into greatness. It builds character and the ladies have such amazing characters already. They’re such great ladies, and I really want the best for them. I want people to go out and support them and to support girl groups.”
ON NEW ALBUM:
“I’m trying to close out the record by the end of this year. I told myself to stop [doing other things] and just finish it. I wanted to take that first year to just be a mother, but I wanted to put out music at the same time. I was fighting myself. So then here’s the second year, and I’ve been recording but I’ve always had some hiccups in between it with other projects that I’m doing. I’m even tired of waiting on it myself, I want to get back on stage, and I want my son to see me on stage. I want him to witness that whole feeling. He saw me at rehearsal a couple months back when I did a video and he was so excited. So the fact that he likes it, I need him to see that again.”
ON NEW MOVIE:
“It’s called The 10th Date. It’s a movie for Lifetime, and it’s with myself, Meagan Good, and I don’t know if anyone knows about it yet. Nzingha Stewart is directing it and we’re really excited about it. We start filming next week. It’s been really exciting.”
ON MAKEUP LINE ‘F.A.C.E. (For All Created Equal)’:
“We’re very excited about it. Myself and Sheika [Daley] are starting with lashes then from there we’ll build into foundations, powders and all the above. We definitely want to make this makeup line our own and we’re trying to do what’s never been done before. Some of the things we’re thinking about are very innovative in the way we’re packaging and trying to execute our line is really cool. It does take time but it’s quite the process.
When I pick a beauty product that I’m in love with, it’s discontinued the next year or when I go somewhere and somebody’s like, ‘I have my own color,’ granted I have my own specific makeup artists now, but I remember times when I was pink or I was green or I was too pale. And I think the nature of our skin is very regal and beautiful and it should be displayed on its best. Melanin poppin’ at all times. So I wanted that to be executed better. You know, you have lines who are also doing great jobs at it now and I wanted my own. It’s important that if you don’t see it then be the change and make it happen that’s how business starts.”
ON UPCOMING BOOK:
“I can’t say too much about the book but what I can say is I’m writing a book that has not been done before. And that’s what I’m most proud of. It was just necessary. I saw one part of something and I didn’t see the next part, and I wanted to be the one to provide the information. So, my goal in my life is whenever I do these business ventures, I like to collaborate with women, so for my book, I’m actually working with my doctor. I’m very, very excited. So, music, book, movie, makeup –– 2017 is my year.”
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