Michelle Williams on Destiny’s Child Reunion for “Say Yes,” Gospel, and Acting: EXCLUSIVE
NEW YORK—Michelle Williams talked about how she got the girls of Destiny’s Child together for her new track “Say Yes,” and her dreams about going into film in the future.
Williams emceed the New York Women in Film & Television (NYWIFT) Designing Women awards and gala evening on June 18, 2014, where she spoke to reporters prior to the ceremony.
Williams said there was no hassle reuniting with former Destiny’s Child band members Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland to shoot the video for her single “Say Yes,” which is featured on her album “Journey to Freedom” that came out earlier in June.
“It was just easy breezy. We know that we can pick up the phone and say, ‘Hey can you do this?’ and the answer was ‘Yes,'” she said about contacting Knowles and Rowland. They recorded the video in Maplewood, N.J., which reminded Williams of her hometown Rockford, Ill.
“The tree-lined streets, the house, it just seemed so comfortable, nothing was really scripted, none of the choreography or the movement was done—it was done on the spot,” she said.
Williams, who has been getting back to her roots and singing more gospel tunes ever since splitting from Destiny’s Child, says the gospel genre was her first love.
“You might listen to other music, but you still think about the first love, you still venture back into it,” she said.
Next, Williams is touring to promote “Journey to Freedom” which will begin on Sept. 9, 2014. She will also be one of the mentors on the reality TV competition “Fix My Choir,” which comes out on the Oxygen Network in the fall of this year.
“Hopefully I can just work myself to exhaustion by the end of the year, so that I can have a nice vacation,” she said.
Her long-term goals include getting into television and film. Williams had success in live productions, as she was part of the rock opera “Jesus Christ Superstar,” and the theater production of “Chicago.”