With her current single “Motivation” climbing the chart (this week it’s at #31 on the Hot 100), Kelly Rowland decided the time was right to reveal that the title of her upcoming third solo album is Here I Am. Last month the onetime Destiny’s Child singer mentioned on 106 & Park that the LP would be out in late summer, but it’s apparently now slated for a fall release (probably to allow enough time between her release and Beyonce’s 4). Find out how she came up with the title below.
Miss Kelly explained the meaning behind Here I Am to Billboard:
“I was talking to my product manager. “I said I wanted people to know that this is the record, the sound I’ve been working toward… that here I am. And she said, that’s the title. It just connected with my heart and the music as well. It stands for everything I’ve gone through and thought about for this record as a woman. It’s very strong.”
On 106 & Park last month, Rowland mentioned that the album celebrates women. “It actually starts with ‘Motivation,’ which is of course letting in on that sensual side,” Kelly said. “But the album tells the story of everything else—strength and character…friendship. It’s fantastic.”
In addition to Jim Jonsin and Rico Love, who were behind the boards for “Motivation,” Here I Am also boasts production by Dr. Luke, Stargate, RedOne, Tricky Stewart and Rodney Jerkins. We, for one, are hoping Kelly finally achieves the solo hit status she deserves with this project!
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