R&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.
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.
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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.