The ‘Put It Down‘ singer chatted it up with Vibe Vixen about how it feels to make a comeback, her Two Eleven album, doing Whitney music and her acting career.
On her comeback:
“It’s amazing that people still have a love for me and still feel like they can relate to me. It really does keep me on my toes, just being a role model for young girls, but I am grown. I gotta sing for the grown people sometimes.”
On what made her return to music different this time around:
“I had a little bit more guidance that I trusted with this album. It just felt like the beginning of my career; how I felt with Atlantic Records. Having my first A&R on board [Breyon Prescott], I just really trusted them and what my album should be—helping bring back the genre of R&B music.”
On what the Two Eleven album means to her:
“February 11th will never be the same. I think about her everyday but that day in particular, it’s different. I didn’t understand. I had just seen her the day before; I just spoke to her a couple days before she passed. It just didn’t seem right the way she passed. I was angry, I was confused, but as I started to process it all, I just started to feel like there was a responsibility that she passed on to me to stay true to [the music]. She gave me the dream and possibility, and I have to do that same thing for other people. This music thing is not just about me anymore. It’s about the people that I’m relating to. People need music.”
On her acting career and working with Lauren London:
It was scary and natural. When I impressed my acting coach [Tasha Smith], I felt like I could go forward. She really helped me rediscover that confidence in my acting. I was blessed with Drop Dead Diva then Chardonnay for The Game. I really had to get in there and do my thing if I was going to fit in with them. I just trusted my instincts, the same way I did with Moesha. To be able to trust that again was great, and I’m happy I get a chance to possibly go back to The Game full-time.
Yes! I’m obsessed with Lauren London because she’s so damn cute. I’m excited to work with her and to see her new character, but I’m going to miss Tia [Mowry]. She was such the anchor and backbone of that show.
I’m so glad my girl B-Rocka is back because like she said “people need music.” If you’re a person like me who absolutely loves music, then you seriously need it in your life. Music has gotten me through some really tough days.
Have you all coped her album yet?
Read the full interview over at Vibe Vixen.
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