*Singer Kelly Rowland can recall hearing herself on the radio for the first time in 1998 while driving in Houston with the other original members of Destiny’s Child: Beyoncé, LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson.
While on their way to pick up Bey’s little sister Solange from school, their single “No, No, No Part 2” came on the radio. Of course excitement and screams followed.
“We were like, ‘Oh my God, Oh my God!’” she said. “We started running around the courtyard at Solange’s school and she hops out of the school and is like, ‘Why are y’all embarrassing me?’”
Once they explained what was happening, Solange started running around the courtyard, too.
“It was [a] beautiful moment,” Rowland said. “We were just really happy.”
Even 15 years after hearing her song on the radio, Rowland says it’s still an exciting moment. “They don’t have to play it,” she said, matter-of-factly. “It’s still a great moment, even when you hear it five times a day.”
The singer says that hearing one of her solo records on the radio for the first was even more exciting because it was one she did on her own. And even with her latest solo album, “Talk A Good Game,” Rowland says she still gets chills when she hears one of her singles on the radio.
Rowland heard “Kisses Down Low” for the first time while driving in a car recently and nearly gave her driver a heart attack. “I started to hear the melody and said, ‘That sounds really familiar. ‘Turn it up!’”
Rowland said she felt a little crazy for screaming, but believes a musician should never act like hearing their song over the airwaves is some normal thing.
“Having a hit is never a bad thing because it doesn’t have to be you,“ she explained. “It’s always a blessing.”