‘I’m Still Trying To Figure Out How To Balance It All:’ Meelah Of Girl Group 702 Talks Motherhood, Reality TV, & New Music
“Where My Girls At?”, “Steelo”, “Get It Together” and so on – soulful 90’s girl group, 702 are responsible for an arsenal of hits. Their smooth melodic sounds are exactly what R&B fans have been missing ever since the Las Vegas trio and other groups like them have stepped away from the spotlight. Since the disbanding of 702 and a rather long hiatus, the group’s former lead singer, Meelah is returning to the spotlight with as a solo artist to give us that distinct sound that R&B has been missing. The Las Vegas native recently sat down with our fabulous sister site, Mommy Noire to discuss motherhood, new music and the possibility of a reality show. Check out some of what she had to say.
On balancing motherhood and her career:
“I try my best with balancing, but it does get hard. There are times when I just want to spend quality moments with Zac [ her 3-year-old son whom she shares with Musiq Soulchild], but I can’t because I need to put my energy into re-establishing my career. Quite honestly, I’m still trying to figure out how to balance it all, but thankfully I have the support of my mom, which is truly a blessing. Even though balancing is challenging, Zac is motivating me to hustle harder than I ever have. I am truly inspired and can’t wait to get back out there.”
On whether or not she was fearful about going solo:
“No, because I am a firm believer in evolution. I had a magnificent run with 702, but since then I have embarked on the next phase of my life which is womanhood. Its really exciting for me, because I get to experiment with who I am as a solo artist. And I have been given the opportunity to re-invent myself.”
On the possibility of a 702 reunion:
“I get that question a lot. It’s not something that I am interested in right now. However, I can’t predict the future. I love the girls and always will. Thank God for 702. But right now, I am really just focused on exploring who Meelah is as a solo artist. But hey, never say never.”
On her first solo release since 702:
“It’s so funny, because I never would have thought in a million years that my first independent release after 702 would have been a children’s album…”
“The album [‘We Are Different’] is very educational and there are empowering messages embedded. For example, there is a song about using the potty, and there is a song about being polite – using ‘please’ and ‘thank you’. Also, the ABC’s and 123′s. ’We Are Different’ is also great for parents, because the production of the music is similar to what you would hear on the radio, but it is kid friendly content.”
On the possibility of embarking into the world of reality TV:
“Currently, I am entertaining the reality show route, but I am only interested in projects conducive to my artistry and craft. I am just trying to get my voice out there and remind people that I am still singing.”
What do you think of Meelah’s return to the spotlight?
Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise.