June 17th, 2011 11:29 EST
SOP Battle of the Bands Featuring Kelly Rowland ft. Big Sean with 'Lay It On Me'
For a Grammy-award winner who has been part of one of the most successful groups of all time, a solo star in her own right, with roles in motion pictures and television, Kelly Rowland isn`t kidding when she says, This is a fresh start for me. I`m in a fantastic place right now. "
With brand-new management, a new record label and a world-wide hit, When Love Takes Over, " with acclaimed French dance producer David Guetta, call this new phase, When Kelly Takes Over, " as the multi-talented singer/songwriter/TV host and actress exerts full control on a career that has already produced millions of album sales, smash records and accolades.
After spending a summer in Europe, Rowland found herself turned on to different sounds and musical genres, especially dance and electro, which has encouraged her latest stylistic direction.
I went out and had great experiences learning about the culture of dance music, how people interact with the DJ, " she says. It really inspired my sound moving forward. "
Kelly launched her post-Destiny`s Child solo career by teaming up with rapper Nelly in 2002, recording the vocals for the track Dilemma " for his album Nellyville. The song ended up with a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year and earned Rowland an award in the Best Rap/Sung Collaboration category.
After two successful solo albums "2002`s RIAA-gold certified Simply Deep, which reached #12 on the Billboard chart, and 2007`s Ms. Kelly, featuring top producers like Billy Mann, Scott Storch, Sean Garrett, Tank, Rockwilder and Polow da Don, and guest stars Snoop Dogg and Eve, going on to sell 1.2 million worldwide "Rowland found herself ready for a change of pace. One of the singles from Ms. Kelly, Work, " offered a hint of her new direction, when a dance remix hit the Top 10 in France, Italy and the U.K.
When the Freemasons did their thing, it became this massive international hit, " explains Kelly. To be quite honest, I was a little nervous about doing it, but when I met David, I realized how much I was enjoying dance music. "
Playing the same club in the south of France, Rowland and Guetta hit it off straight away. He played her one of his tracks, which Kelly took back with her to London, and finished writing what became When Loves Takes Over " with Mim and Liv of the production/ songwriting team Nervo, whom she had just met for the first time. She sent it back to David, and the rest can be heard on club floors all over the world.
Half the time, I don`t even have to sing the words, " marvels Kelly at the reaction of dancers to the hit. It`s just a fun record. It feels good. For so long, I`ve been saying I wanted to do a record that I could be me on. " Read More
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