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Since 2000, Michelle Williamsí life has been incredibly eventful by all accounts. After a stint as a back-up singer to Monica, Ms. Williams would become a permanent fixture to pop cultures most popular and best-selling group, Destinyís Child. With international tours, red-carpet affairs and a cabinet full of awards, Michelle Williams would experience more in the last few years than most of us will ever encounter in our lifetime.
But in recent years, Michelleís focus has taken a noted turn most unexpected. Itís an ambitious solo career branded in her love for Jesus. As the timid, conservative member of Destinyís Child, Michelle has quietly distinguished herself from her DC sisters - Kelly and Beyoncť - by dedicating her music and life to uplifting the Lord.
Two gospel albums, candid media interviews and a series of public appearances at key gospel events and mega churches would reaffirm her sincerity and enthusiasm for the gospel.
In an exclusive interview with GospelCity, Michelle Williams shares her thoughts on growing up as a C.O.G.I.C., her battle to balance life, love and her Lord, as well as her future with Destinyís Child. We tip our hats to a strong, Black woman whoís using her profile to draw souls towards the Kingdom.
Letís begin with your upbringing in Rockford, Illinois at the St. Paul Church of God in Christ. It appears as though singing was important from your days in your church. When did you realize that singing was your lifetime calling?
Who were a few of the artists you enjoyed listening to as a teenager?
Did you have a lot of exposure to the gospel choirs and groups making a name for themselves in Chicago?
You grew up singing in gospel groups like United Harmony and Expressions. How did your experience singing in those groups prepare you to be a gospel soloist?
Your professional career started as a background singer for Monica, then eventually with Destinyís Child. Most artists, after having that kind of exposure, wouldnít dare to experiment. What inspired you to return to gospel as a soloist and release Heart to Yours and now, most recently, Do You Know?
You move in all kinds of circles with a number of celebrities. What has been their reaction to your bold stand for the Lord?
I think people respect Destinyís Child when we walk into a room. They are like, "O.K., we have to put our drinks down or we got to put these cigarettes down." They just canít do anything around us or me, per se.
You were front and center last year when you co-hosted the Stellar Awards. Tell us about that experience.
What was it like to host the Stellars with Donnie McClurkin and Mary Mary last year?
I am thoroughly enjoying your latest album, Do You Know. Itís a very bright, very warm, very inspirational CD. Itís very different from the first one, how would you characterize it?
How are you balancing your professional life, your ministry and being single? After all, you are one of the most eligible celebrities I can think of.
How difficult is it for a brother to step up, understanding that you are in the limelight most of the time? How difficult is it to keep a realistic relationship thatís grounded?
You do have a very special family in Music World Entertainment. Matthew Knowles and your girls Ė Kelly & Beyoncť Ė all support you. Would it be the same had you been a part of another record label or is Music World the place where you feel you can grow and do what you need to do, musically and professionally?
I've got to ask the Question because itís a question I get all the time through e mails. How do you maintain a Christ-centered life and be the professional artist as part of the group of Destinyís Child? How do you keep that needed balance?
I maintain it fine; I read my Bible and pray just as much as the next person who isn't in R&B. Probably more because I've got to stay grounded, humble, focused and saved. I got a whole bunch of videotapes from my church in Chicago and my spiritual father in Atlanta, Bishop Eddie Long keeps a watch on me. They keep sending me CDs and videos so that I can be in the Word more.
In closing, Michelle, as people listen to the album, Do You Know, as they get acquainted with the songs, what are you hoping to bring to their lives?
I was in a relationship for three years - I had to put that off. There were other friends. Iím not saying they werenít nice people but they were hindrances in my life. As soon as I let them go, thatís when God started opening up major doors whether spiritually, financially. God started just making ways for me.
I believe God needs me to Himself; thatís why I tell people, "God had me to himself for a while. Let Him leave you in a corner so He can minister to you. He can begin to show you or just let you know him better and help you not let people be hindrances to your life.
Thereís a song on my album called The Way of Love. With my time alone with the Lord, Iím learning the way of love; Iím learning the way of Godís love. Iím learning thatÖ thereís another song called No One Like You. Thereís no one like the Lord in my life. Nobody - and there will never be.