“Doing the video for ‘Missing You’ was great because I got the chance to meet Gladys Knight and Chaka Khan and hang out with Tamia. It just seemed like we were all family. I recorded my part of the song long before we did the video, so I forgot the lyrics. Tamia had to teach me the words [laughs]. We had a great time. It was as if we had known each other for a long time. I was really nervous when I met Gladys and Chaka. It doesn’t really get any bigger than those two. I was standing next to them thinking, ‘Oh my God. I can’t believe this is happening to me!’ These were the singers that I listened to and practiced to, to better my voice. These are the singers that opened the door for me. You just feel amazed. I would have just hummed on the track or sung background just to be on the same song with them [laughs].
After the success of my first album I was offered my own television show Moesha. When I was doing Thea I didn’t have that many lines. I didn’t really want to be an actress. I was just using whatever vehicle to get my foot in the door as a singer. They gave me Moesha…I didn’t have to audition for it. But when I went in to read with them I was terrible in the beginning [laughs]. Very bad. So they sent Kim Fields out on the road with me while I was touring. I would go onstage and then I would come back and work with Kim over and over again with my acting. She was preparing me for the first table read and I was getting the hang of it. So when I went to the table read the producers were like, ‘Okay, this is good…’ I kept working with Kim for Moesha and my rhythm got better everyday. Later on after I got better, they told me that in the beginning they thought I was horrible [laughs]. But it all worked out.”