*Former Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams has been keeping busy since her days with the group, having starred in “Fela!” “Aida,” and “Chicago” on Broadway, has released three albums and competed in the English dance competition show “Strictly Come Dancing.”
The Illinois native is also an ambassador for the American Heart Association.
Williams recently released the single “If We Had Your Eyes,” from the forthcoming CD “Journey To Freedom” out next year. For this project, she is returning to her gospel roots.
As a longtime member of her church, she donated almost $150,000 to the church to complete construction of their school.
“Some people will do gospel when their career fails, but I chose to do it at the height of the popularity of Destiny’s Child,” Williams told “Billboard” when the album was released. “And I didn’t want to do it because it was a fad. I wanted to do it because it’s in me. It’s in my heart.”
On the Tom Joyner Morning Show the entertainer explained that the song is right in the vein of where she feels most comfortable, gospel.
“I’ve been trying to call it urban inspirational and it is because of the topic and the sound and sonically where we are going with it, but the message is gospel, it is good news. This is what this is. This is where I thrive. This is where I feel free musically.”
Williams says the song, which encourages listeners to look deeper instead of judging people strictly on appearance has parallels to her own life.
“I got tired of the judgment and I got tired of people having misconceptions about me so I know what its like,” she said. “This song was born out of a friend of mine walking down the street and a homeless person asked for money and that person actually spoke a word of encouragement to my friend’s life and his life was changed.”
Michelle Williams’ “If We Had Your Eyes”: