*Bride-to-be Kelly Rowland says the only way she would agree to follow up her “X Factor: UK” gig with the recently-wrapped “X Factor: USA” stint was if she was able to also promote her current album “Talk a Good Game.”
Her fourth studio effort, released June 14, has already spawned three hit singles: “Kisses Down Low,” “Dirty Laundry,” and the Wiz Khalifa-assisted “Gone,” which samples Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi.”
“I really wanted to do [the US ‘X Factor’], but I spent a year and some change on the album. I wanted people to hear this album because it’s the best album I’ve ever done,” said Williams, newly engaged to her manager Tim Witherspoon.
The Dream, Harmony Samuels, Pharrell Williams and Michael “Mike Will Made It” Williams are among the album’s stable of producers, who, according to Rowland, all put forth a collective effort to recreate the R&B sound she grew up with during the 80s.
“We were just searching for the feeling that we felt the first time we heard R&B music,” said Rowland, 32. “Like the first time I turned the radio on and heard Babyface or New Edition, or Pebbles, those moments mean the world to me. And on some of the album, I’m like, ‘Oh my God! I feel that!’ It feels good when you’re chasing it and you actually get it.”
But what about the times when her producers don’t get it and she doesn’t “feel that”?
Below, Rowland tells us what it’s like to work with a collaborator on a song that she’s just not feeling.