Michelle Williams is ‘Gone with the Wind Fabulous’ on the cover of Michigan Avenue magazine.
The singer chats it up with fellow artist Deborah Cox on topics such as, her new album, Beyonce & Kelly, what she does when she’s back home in Chicago and much more. Check out some interview highlights below.
On the moment she knew she wanted to be a performer: “I was 4 or 5. My mother had these mirrors in the living room that I would always stand in front of to perform.”
On the first thing she does when she’s back home in Chi-Town:
“I stay in my house for, like, two days. I just need time to decompress.”
On how her upcoming album, Journey to Freedom, focuses on her life:
“People identify when your music comes from the heart and speaks truth. There was a time last year when I didn’t know if I could record and finish one song, and it took me a while to really be comfortable and allow other people to help me with my thoughts. We had some incredible writers who were able to help me with my own situation, and it really helped deliver me out of some of those dark moments.”
On what advice she’d give to her 19-year-old self:
“Not to take things personally. Actually I wouldn’t change anything that I have done because I have been blessed to know some great people. Deb, there are some people we know—Big Jim?”
On how Beyoncé and Kelly influenced her as a solo artist:
“Being in the group that long—with even Bey and Kelly, being in the group that long for them—just rubs off on you. The friendships continue to inspire, but the genres are so different now. I can’t wait for them to hear [my new album], so I can be like “Okay, what do y’all think?” They’re like, “Girl, do this or do that.” But we really try to keep the solo stuff separate.”