It’s safe to say that this news is the best news I’ve heard about popular music since the implosion of Danity Kane ever. Folks should know I stans for Kelly Rowland, who I still argue is the finest, most talented young woman in the game.
And yes I stans for her knowing full well she hasn’t come close to reaching her potential.
Kelly – time to call Raphael Saadiq, DJ Premier and Mike City to remake you as a R&B soul siren. Run, don’t walk.
YBF.com reported yesterday that Kelly Rowland has finally come to her senses and will be dropping evil Daddy Matthew as her manager.
A source who works very closely with SONY/BMG tells us that Destiny’s Step-Child singer Kelly Rowland is set to change lanes when it comes to her her manager and career. Yeah we’ve heard this rumor before, but this time it seems quite legit. She was recently spotted meeting with 19 Entertainment’s Simon Fuller, who she is expected to announce as her new manager at the top of the year. We predict her current manager Mathew Knowles ain’t gonna like this.
Actually – I don’t think he gives a shit. If he did, her two albums wouldn’t have been so mediocre.
By all measures, Kelly Rowland is a better singer than Beyonce. As such, she should have had better material. When she has great material – Love and Beyond Imagination come to mind – she is downright transcendant. That the Knowles couldn’t see a way to make all the girls shine in their own way is a travesty.
That said, I don’t really know that Simon Fuller is the right choice for Kelly. She’s not a pop star in that bland everyone-likes-this-play-by-numbers-Number-one-song way. She’s capable of so very much more. There are more ways to define success than pop success. Kelly and Simon would do well to remember that before they pick some bullshit trendy pop producer or – god forbid – Diane Warren or something.
To be fair to Daddy Matthew, Kelly drank that “Beyonce rules the world” Kool-Aid more than anyone. It’s a shame she took this long to realize that the Knowles ain’t thinkin’ ’bout her.
I’ve always fancied myself something of an A&R guy. And in that delusion, I do have some real thoughts about how some people should be running their careers. I put together this post in case these artists happen to frequent visit this blog.
Beyond Imagination, from Simply Deep, remains the best song Kelly Rowland ever recorded as a solo artist. The song is on a constant impeded crescendo that conveys beautifully the sense that the emotion is so overwhelming that one tries to suppress it.
As it builds, Kelly’s phrasing becomes more measured, controlled, focused until it just explodes. The clarity with which she conveys the emotion of this song is striking.
The lyrics here serve an emotional and tonal purpose, more than a narrative one. It is probably the best example of a confessional tone poem working completely when set to music. The lyrics, the melody and the production work beautifully together to create a beautiful, masterful song about anxiety.