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Michelle Williams: Destiny's Child Singer Follows Stage, Gospel Success with New pop/R&B Recording

Magazine article Ebony

Michelle Williams: Destiny's Child Singer Follows Stage, Gospel Success with New pop/R&B Recording

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Michelle Williams has a diverse career. Most recently starring on stage in The Color Purple as Shug Avery, Williams has been conquering every entertainment avenue available, including two Broadway productions [Aida and The Color Purple] and two chart-topping gospel CDs [heart to Yours and Do You Know]. The Grammy Award winner, who was part of the supergroup Destiny's Child, knows no limits. Now part shareholder of the WNBA's Chicago Sky, she admits: "I get tested. But when you love it, you'll go through whatever comes your way." Ebony spoke with Williams about life, music and her new gospel-free solo album.

EBONY: Why is the album titled Unexpected?

I knew that this album would offer just that to people. They would have a reaction like, "Wow." It's also because of my mother I did this type of album. When my mother listened to it, she was like, 'Uh, it's all right.' She challenged me very sweetly and I went crazy with the uptempo songs. Also it could be a testament of my life. The past nine years have taken some wonderful, unexpected twists and turns. I want people to continue on that journey with me, so we're going to keep the party going with the album.

EBONY: Why the move from gospel to a pop CD?

Growing up I loved all types of music. I don't know if you remember those stereos back in the day, but they had a record player on top and then a two-cassette player side by side. I remember one cassette would be like Whitney Houston, the other could be maybe Ricky Dillard's choir. …

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