On the blogs, you always see female celebrities who are bffs, even women in the same field, but you don’t often see male celebrities, especially R&B singers just hanging out together. Do you have any real homies in the industry? I know Tyrese and Ginuwine would be in there.
I have Ty and G and we try to get together anytime we can, but we’re always moving in different directions with our schedules. That’s what keeps a lot of us apart. But a lot of male artists have real big egos. If you’re hanging out, somebody always has to top somebody else. If this guy orders two bottles, the other guy orders three and the other guy orders four more. That last guy buys out the bar. R&B is always a weird competition. With R&B it’s one guy on stage trying to sway all the women, so we’re a little more selfish.
Something people might not know about you is all the writing and producing you’ve done for other artists. Can you tell us a little about that?
Dave Hollister, Gladys Knight, Chris Brown, Jamie Foxx, Ron Isley, Keith Sweat, Fantasia, Kelly Rowland, Omarion, Marques Houston, Day 26. I could go on and on. It’s a lot of people.
“Now or Never” definitely has that grown man soul feel to it. Is this a more personal album for you?
Yeah, it’s about where I am now. I’m very happy. I’m not in the dark place I used to be on “Sex, Love and Pain” where my heart was broken and I hated her. “Wedding Song” was about the wedding that never happened. This album is more so about appreciation, celebration. It’s about the strength of a relationship.