meelah 2 meelah 2

Vixen Chat: Meelah Williams Talks Reality TV, 702, and Her New Years Resolution

 

Meelah from 702R&B Diva newbie, Meelah Williams, has proven herself in the music industry. Most of us know her as the leading voice of R&B super group 702. A decade later, Meelah is back and ready to pick up where she left off. We chatted with Ms. Meelah about her new reality endeavor and what makes her an R&B Diva. Take a look!

---

Why reality TV?

Well it’s no secret that the industry has definitely changed from when 702 was on the scene. I just feel like there are limited options these days for artists who have been gone for so long. I mean there is definitely social media and other outlets that we didn’t have like Twitter and Instagram. However it seems like reality TV has become more prevalent and more popular than the actual scripted sitcom culture.

Did you have any reservations before you signed on for R&B Divas?

Oh, absolutely. Reality TV doesn’t have the best rap sheet so I definitely had to consider and reconsider. If I felt that comfortable I would’ve signed on to some show a long time ago. I’ve had other opportunities that have crossed my path, but I finally decided that I’d give it a shot. I do think that it’s free promotion, free marketing, free advertising for your brand.

I’m doing it not just to promote myself and my music but to also I have a four year old son with autism. I want to really be a voice and use this [show] as a platform for children that are suffering developmental delays and really really bring that to the forefront. I think that a lot of parents are dealing with special needs kids and a lot of them are afraid or embarrassed and just need that support.  I’m still learning and still need support from other parents that are going through the same thing.

meelah 3

What makes you a R&B diva?

I think just knowing my worth. Knowing that in spite of me being gone for so long, I know that people love 702; people miss my voice. I feel that radio is missing something and I feel that I set the tone for a very distinct sound that became trendy after 702. As an adult, I can look back and not to be cocky, but just really acknowledge that  I really set the tone and I have this sound that I feel like needs to be back on radio. I hear that from the fans all the time and I’m just so grateful that they still are interested after all this time.

What’s the hardest part about filming?

The scheduling is very tedious and just very time consuming. It’s fun but it’s new for me so I’m learning everyday so the hardest part is just kind of adjusting and getting used to the rhythm of the process.

How does your son like the cameras?

He’s oblivious, bless his little heart. He’s good. He’s going to make his debut. He loves singing and dancing and just being in his own little world. He’s a happy boy so I love that. He just loves people and he loves being around people.

Have you gotten closer to anyone while filming? Who’s your BFF while filming?

Right now, LaTavia. We were friends in real life before we started filming so I’m just like super cool with her of course. That’s was my homegirl before the cameras. So far everybody’s been like real cool and I’m really pinching myself. I hope it stays that way ‘cause you know… I love Monifah. Monifah’s got that nurturing thing. Keke does too. Angie, she’s another who has this nurturing spirit about her just anything you need. Syleena is like a big sister too. Everybody’s been real cool. Like I said, I don’t know how long it’s going to last and I hope it’s genuine. 

Photo Credit: Instagram

meelah 2

We hear  you did a children’s album! What made you want to do that and how is that different from recording a regular R&B album?

Well, I was actually approached by the producer who Kenard Garrett.  He and his wife were new parents and he knew I was a mommy.  I actually sang a song to him that I wrote to Zac while I was still pregnant and a whole year later it was so random he was like ‘hey remember that song you sang for me that you wrote for your son? ‘That was genius, I love it, let’s do a children’s project together’ and I was just like how brilliant.

The project was different because it came so easy. I was surprised. The songs flowed so easily, and I wrote them all so easily. Within five to ten minutes I just created these melodies and  I even exceeded my own expectations and I have to say I think it’s an exceptionally great body of work.

So looking back from Steelo to now, what was your biggest lesson learned?

I’ve learned that timing is everything and God makes no mistakes—as cliché as that sounds. I’ve learned that it’s not my will, it’s not what I think. When we’re younger we don’t see the bigger picture and I’ve learned that everything that happened from all the way back then to now was definitely met and my purpose has yet to be fulfilled. I’m starting over, I’m starting from scratch and it’s okay. I have a second chance to do this again which people don’t always get, so I’m not afraid of failing or anything.  I’m just really overwhelmed with just gratitude.

What’s your New Year’s resolution?

I don’t have one. I noticed that I didn’t stay true to them and so I don’t necessarily make them anymore. My new year’s resolution, if I had to make one, it would just be to become an even better mom. He’s my everything.

Do you have any other future endeavors that you want to take part in?  

I’m using this platform to do ev-er-y-thing. The focus right now is definitely my music. Hopefully I’m going be releasing something once the show premieres. My music is my core front.  I want to release an album, get a record deal and of course yes I would love to do other business ventures. I want to do skin commercials. That’s what I really want to do; create a skincare line and find a cosmetic for like my chocolate complexion.  I’m really interested in doing that. I just want to invest, invest, invest, invest. I want venture after venture after venture.

From the Web

More on Vibe

SZA Calls For Peace While Receiving 'Rule Breaker' Award At Billboard Women In Music

SZA called for peace and understanding at Billboard's Women In Music event Thursday (Dec. 6).

During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

READ MORE: Anderson .Paak, Tierra Whack And More Praise Female Artists At 2018 Billboard Women In Music

Continue Reading

Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

Scroll down to see Forbes' full list below.

Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

READ MORE: Nas Makes Forbes’ List Of ‘Hip-Hop Cash Kings’ For The First Time

Continue Reading

Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

The mother of one has promised that her new tunes will be edgier and most honest than her past work that included vulnerable tracks like "Dirty Laundry" and massive hits like "Motivation" and "Commander." Speaking with Vogue over the summer, Ms. Kelly disclosed a few details behind the album.

“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

She also explained a drop in confidence caused her hiatus. “I was thinking about pulling back from recording, but I couldn’t help myself: I still wanted to record. I still felt like I was missing something. The third year just came and left so fast. The fourth year I said: ‘I have to get to work’ and now I’m ready to release some music! I felt like I wasted so much time, and it was my husband who actually called me out on it. He said: ‘Babe, as great as those records were, I think you were nervous, you got gun-shy’, and when he said that it was like boom, a gong went off.”

Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

READ MORE: Kelly Rowland Debuts Smoke x Mirrors Eyewear Collection At Barneys New York

Continue Reading

Top Stories