Get ready, Kelly Rowland fans: This year is her "music year," and she has a ton of plans for the next twelve months.
The "Motivation" hitmaker, who recently teamed up with Burlington and WomenHeart to raise awareness for women's heart health, has been hard at work in the studio and plans on releasing new material later this year. It'll be Rowland's first album in four years.
Rowland, who has seen incredible success in her post-Destiny's Child solo career, recently told me that "the recording process is going incredibly well" and noted that she's working with some "incredible" people.
Not only is she working on new music, but the "Love By the 10th Date" star will also take part in "The Voice (Australia)" and release a new book, "Whoa, Baby!," which will be a guide of sorts for new mothers navigating their lives after giving birth.
I recently sat down with Kelly Rowland to talk about recording her new album, why spreading awareness about heart health is so important to her and why a Destiny's Child origin story film won't be coming anytime soon.
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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Kelly Rowland teams up with T.J.Maxx to host a workshop and announce the launch of The Maxx You Project How To courses - encouraging women to embrace their individuality together at The High Line Hotel on September 20, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images for T.J.Maxx)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 09: Kelly Rowland attends front row at the Prabal Gurung fashion show during New York Fashion Week at Spring Studios on September 9, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Jared Siskin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 8: La La Anthony, Kelly Rowland attend the women's final on day 13 of the 2018 tennis US Open on Arthur Ashe stadium at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 8, 2018 in Flushing Meadows, Queens, New York City. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 07: Kelly Rowland attends the 2018 Harper's Bazaar ICONS Party at The Plaza Hotel on September 7, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 08: Kelly Rowland attends the Premiere Of Focus Features 'BlackkKlansman' at Samuel Goldwyn Theater on August 8, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Earl Gibson III/FilmMagic)
CHICAGO, IL - JULY 25: Kelly Rowland attends ï¿½Refinery29ï¿½s 29Rooms: Turn it Into Art,ï¿½ on July 25, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images for Refinery29)
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 01: Kelly Rowland arrives at the 60th Annual Logie Awards at The Star Gold Coast on July 1, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CA - JUNE 25: Kelly Rowland poses in the backstage photo room during the 2018 NBA Awards Show at Barker Hangar on June 25, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
MAY 16, 2018: SYDNEY, NSW - (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) Singer and 'The Voice' coach Kelly Rowland poses during a photo shoot in Sydney, New South Wales. (Photo by Dylan Robinson/Newspix/Getty Images)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MAY 16: Kelly Rowland attends the Nine All Stars Event on May 16, 2018 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 14: Kelly Rowland is seen in Soho on February 14, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 30: Singer Kelly Rowland attends Billboard Women In Music 2017 at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 30, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 19: Singer/actress Kelly Rowland arrives at the 2017 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 19, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Kelly Rowland attends the 2017 Baby2Baby Gala on November 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/ WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 03: Musician Kelly Rowland attends RIchard Lawson and Tina Knowles' Lawnson's grand opening at WACO Theater Center on November 3, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Brandon Williams/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: Kelly Rowland arrive at the 3rd Annual InStyle Awards at The Getty Center on October 23, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Kelly Rowland performs during RNB Fridays Live at nib Stadium on October 14, 2017 in Perth, Australia.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 11: Kelly Rowland poses during the Channel Nine Upfronts 2018 event on October 11, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Kelly Rowland arrives to VH1's Hip Hop Honors: The 90's Game Changers at Paramount Studios on September 17, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 13: Kelly Rowland attends the 5th annual Beautycon festival at Los Angeles Convention Center on August 13, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Kelly Rowland, Grammy award-winning recording artist and heart health advocate, teams up with Burlington Stores and WomenHeart to educate women about the importance of their heart health, as heart disease is the leading cause of death in women, at Burlington Stores in Union Square on January 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Bennett Raglin/Getty Images for Burlington)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: (L-R) Young M.A., Pusha T, La La Anthony, and Kelly Rowland attend the Big Sean 'I Decided' Album Listening Event at Garage on January 31, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 01: Kelly Rowland is seen at LAX on February 01, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by starzfly/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 26: Cardi B and Kelly Rowland attend VIP Event Hosted By Migos on January 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 25: Kelly Rowland visits 'Extra' at their New York studios at the Hard Rock Cafe in Times Square on January 25, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/Getty Images for Extra)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 23: Kellee Stewert, Meagan Good, Keri Hilson and Kelly Rowland attend the screening and panel for Lifetime's 'Love By The 10th Date' at The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills on January 23, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 12: Kelly Rowland attends the premiere of Magnolia Pictures 'I Am Not Your Negro' at LACMA on January 12, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images)
FLORENCE, ITALY - JANUARY 09: Kelly Rowland walks the red carpet of Firenze4ever 14th Edition Party hosted by LuisaViaRoma on January 9, 2017 in Florence, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/Getty Images for LuisaViaRoma)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: Kelly Rowland attends the 2016 March of Dimes Celebration of Babies at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 09: (L-R) President of the March of Dimes Foundation Stacey D. Stewart, singer Kelly Rowland, honoree Jennifer Hudson and reverend Jesse Jackson attend 2016 March of Dimes Celebration of Babies at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 9, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for March of Dimes )
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 07: Singer Kelly Rowland attends the premiere of Paramount Pictures' 'Office Christmas Party' at Regency Village Theatre on December 7, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images for Fashion Media)
WESTWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 07: Singer Kelly Rowland arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere of 'Office Christmas Party' at Regency Village Theatre on December 7, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 08: Kelly Rowland attends the GQ Men of the Year party at Chateau Marmont on December 8, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 01: Singer Kelly Rowland attends 2016 Ebony Power 100 Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 1, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 17: Singer Kelly Rowland arrives at Variety and WWD 2nd Annual StyleMakers Awards at Quixote Studios West Hollywood on November 17, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Kelly Rowland is seen on November 18, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by wowcelebritytv/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Singer Kelly Rowland arrives at the 5th Annual Baby2Baby Gala at 3LABS on November 12, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
CULVER CITY, CA - NOVEMBER 12: Kelly Rowland arrives at the 5th Annual Baby2Baby Gala at 3LABS on November 12, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 7 - (L-R) Kelly Rowland and Hailey Baldwin,and Scott Studenberg attend the 13th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Rebecca Smeyne/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24: Kelly Rowland arrives at the 23rd Annual ELLE Women In Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 06: Singer Kelly Rowland arrives at Drai's Beach Club - Nightclub at The Cromwell Las Vegas on November 6, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 31: Kelly Rowland attends 2016 Costume Couture Party at TAO on October 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 14: Kelly Rowland is seen on October 14, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG001/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
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Check out my full conversation with Kelly Rowland below:
Tell me about the event today with WomenHeart at Burlington. Why is this cause important to you?
Seeing what WomenHeart has already done was inspiring and raising awareness about heart disease is incredibly important to me. For me, of course, because I lost my mom to heart disease, and it was so sudden. If it affected my life in that way, then I'm sure it's affecting other people's lives -- or can affect other people's lives -- in the way it affected me. I don't want anybody to have to go through that. So, I do want women to be aware and conscious and knowledgeable about their bodies. To have that knowledge should be settling, and if you don't [have it], then just go get a screening.
This is amazing that two brands like Burlington and WomenHeart have teamed up to make sure that women can go get heart screenings. It's necessary, because we can't have this being the leading cause of death in women -- we have too many things to do! We have to change these numbers.
How important is it for you to be using your massive platform to spread messages like this?
It's incredibly important. It's one thing to get on stage and sing and be fashionable, but it's another to get up there and have something real to say. That's what you're really given the platform for.
This movement to help educate women about heart health is coming at a time when women are especially willing to support one another. The timing of this is pretty amazing.
It's perfect. We are in a moment in time -- in history -- where we couldn't be more aligned. We have voices, and they're loud. They're not asking to be heard, but demanding to be heard. Whether it's this or marches or breast cancer or our rights, I just feel like it is time.
It's definitely time, but we have to do it together. We can't just be about one thing -- it has to be everything. If it's affecting our culture as women now, it's going to affect generations to come, and we have to stay alert.
Your film, "Love By the 10th Date," recently premiered. What was the reception like?
The reception was awesome, and it was just so much fun with the cast. I didn't feel like I was working, and every day was a good time. It was also about learning for me, because I hadn't done a movie in a long time. It was a lot of fun.
There seems to be a trend lately of films telling the origin stories of popular musicians and bands. Between the Britney movie, the TLC movie and the New Edition TV show, they're everywhere. Will we ever get a similar Destiny's Child project?
We're not even done! Everybody's still doing things ... Britney is still doing things! To want to see that is amazing -- she's an icon! -- but I feel like I'm not done. I'm just getting started, and it would be too early. It's ridiculous -- we still have history to make as individuals, and we haven't even talked about anything collective to be completely honest.
I listened to your solo material all morning to get ready for this interview. What do you think your most underrated song is?
Ooh! "Red Wine," from my last album. It's one of my favorite songs that I've ever, ever, ever recorded!
What are your current plans for your next big music release?
I'm recording right now, which is why I sound like this! The recording process is going incredibly well, and I'm so excited about it. Lyrics and melody are just pouring out of me right now, and I'm being surrounded -- thank you, God! -- by so many incredible people who are on the same page as I am. It's to the point where, when I get inspired and call them, they were just writing about it or talking about it to someone. I really do feel like God, the universe, women - everybody! - is just giving me what I need for this record.
And what do you have planned for the rest of 2017? What can fans expect from you?
Of course, [I plan] to put out new music, and I want to tour. I am going over to Australia for "The Voice," but I do plan on touring and releasing music. I want this year to be a "music year" for me, and I want to continue talking about heart heath even past Heart Health Month. I'm also releasing a book that I'm so excited about.
The book is titled "Whoa, Baby!," and it's for moms that feel overwhelmed and freak the f-ck out! That's exactly what happened to me. I didn't have as many questions before giving birth than I had afterwards, so I wanted to write down everything that was happening to me, and I had a conversation with my OBGYN and she said that most women actually have more questions about afterwards. The idea was birthed right then and there.
I've teamed up with my doctor Tristan Bickman. as well as a physical therapist, a psychotherapist, a trainer and a dermatologist, because I feel like there are so many things that happen with women after giving birth -- mentally, spiritually, physically -- and it's overwhelming. This helps you sort through that.