NEW YORK (AP) — If good things come in threes, then Kelly Rowland is basking in her current moment of bliss.
Less than a month ago the Grammy winner birthed her second child, Noah; she celebrated her milestone 40th birthday last week; and on Friday she’s dropping a new EP, simply titled “K.”
“A couple of months ago, I said I’ll have two births: the birth of the baby and the birth of an album,” said Rowland, after cautioning that her 6-year-old son Titan or the cries of her newborn might interrupt the interview. “Some songs I’ve had for years, some of the songs I’ve had for maybe a year or a couple of months, but it’s all come together so beautifully.”
The result of her musical labor of love is a six-track project heavily influenced by Afrobeat rhythms. So how was it recording with a growing womb?
“(I was) out of breath!” Rowland laughed.
“K” features the toe-tapping, dance track “Crazy,” as well as the sultry “Hitman,” a song that should be a staple in the type of sweaty, basement parties the pandemic can’t allow.
On the island-flavored “Better,” Rowland emotionally sings: “You better love me/’Cause I’m not going nowhere.”
“I definitely tell you some of me and Tim’s business,” she said with a laugh, adding that she’s fallen more in love with husband Tim Weatherspoon during the forced-closeness of the pandemic. “When I hear a song, I don’t hear it for, ‘Is this going to be a hit record?’ I hear it for how it makes me feel … and with the records that everyone will hear on the (EP), there’s a connection to all of them.”