“What If People Don’t Like It?” Adrienne Bailon Won’t Put Out Solo Music Because She’s “Scared To Fail”

January 28, 2015  |  

When people say that the music industry has changed to a point where it’s not even fun anymore, I guess that’s true, because Adrienne Bailon says the obsession with accolades, attention (aka, brand building) and sales has caused her to, in a way, give up on music. When asked by her co-hosts why she put her solo music career on hold to do everything BUT sing, she had this to say on a recent episode of “The Real”:

“One, I’m scared to fail, so I’ve had this solo album that I’ve said is coming out for the last five years. I’m scared to fail. I don’t like the sound of my own voice, and that’s honest. In 3LW, I probably enjoyed the music side more because it was R&B, it was more of my thing. But I felt like in Cheetah Girls, they praised the fact that I sounded so young. And as a 31-year-old woman, sometimes I hear myself recorded and I still think I sound really young.

When I finished Cheetah Girls, I got a record deal at Def Jam and it didn’t go the way I thought it would go. There was so much more to music than just what I love about music. I grew up singing in church! I sing every day, nobody knows it, but I love to sing! I felt like the music business was different than when I got in the game at 16 years old. It was about music and talent and singing.

To step out on my own and let my voice be heard, I’m scared. What if people don’t like it? What if it’s not successful? I almost have been saying I would rather it not come out and just say, well, it never came out, than for it to come out and be wack.

It also felt like at a certain time when I was doing my music, every other door kept opening for me, but music.”

Her fellow co-host, Tamar Braxton, said that she could relate to Bailon’s feelings, because she felt the same at one point. But in order to really go after her dreams, Braxton said that Bailon needs to sing for the right reasons.

“Maybe the door has not been open for you because you’re not ready and you would be walking into it for all the wrong reasons. You have to fall in love with music. You can’t think about who’s going to buy it, if anybody is going to like it, you have to love it. That was my issue. I understand my situation. I understand why I wasn’t Mariah Carey at 18 like I thought I was gonna be. I was not ready. I was doing it for all the wrong reasons. I thought, I want to be a superstar, I want to sing–no, it wasn’t about singing. It was about the accolades, it was about the charts. Now, I don’t even look at that stuff because it taints the gift and the love and the passion that you have for it. You can’t do that. Who cares if 100,000 people or four people–her, her, her and me–buy your record? You be proud of your record! Because that’s what you wanted to do.”

And considering that Bailon has a great voice, we agree that she needs to get back out there. Just check out a rendition of the “Star Spangled Banner” that she did during the run of her reality show, “Empire Girls.”

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