Nearly 6 years separate fans of Kelly Rowland, affectionately known as #RowlandStones, from a new album from the R&B songstress. Despite building buzz along the way with isolated singles and other business ventures (see: book, charity events, reality show singing competitions, etc.) scattered over the last half decade, promotional support for the aforementioned efforts was often accompanied with promises of ‘it’s coming’ as fans pressured for concrete news.
Now, speaking with our friends at Billboard, the 37-year-old has assured readers the wait’s nearly come to an end. As fans continue to laud her braggadocious, eponymous single released at the tail end of 2018 (click here to listen), Rowland’s going on record to say its parent album is just about ready to come out of the oven:
Rowland on release timeline of new album:
“This year! I said that last year. But I actually, really mean it this year,” she jokes.
Rowland on pressure to create good work:
“This is by far the longest, most pressure-filled process ever, only because I know what it’s supposed to be and I have been so hard on myself. I know it. And it’s the first time I’ve said it out loud. I’ve been extremely hard on myself. But it’s definitely coming, and I’m more so excited about this project than anything else,” Rowland reveals.
Rowland on rumors of a Beyonce collaboration for her new album:
“It’s so funny. I guess every time people see us together, they just see music but I just see sisterhood, and that’s what we are and that’s what me, her, Michelle [Williams] and Solange and I are. People see us all together, they immediately think music. I’m like, no. Just family,” Rowland says.
Rowland on wanting to work with Solange again:
“I’m a huge fan. I love her writing and how detailed and particular she is. I always wanted to figure out how the heck she has so many different layers of harmonies when she is constructing these vocals, and it’s so complex but simple. It’s genius. It’s the genius in her genius mind that she has in there,” she says.