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‘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.
Hello wonderful Readers! As you all know, Kendra is nothing else if she isn’t dedicated to making you all happy. So, when I’m not talking in third person (which I just did on the fly, weird experience, but Kendra digs) I try to find ways to make you all smile. When I did the first 90s Where Are They Now, QueenNTheMaking said: ”This list needs a part 2,” and Queenie, I’m hear to abide. Here are SOME of the groups that you requested (seeing that some of the others have been covered on this site already, and someone broke down “H-Town’s” fate in the comment section).
All right, let’s get to it!
A Youtube commenter said: ”Before there was swag, there was steelo,” and how right they were. The group 702 who hailed from Las Vegas came on the scene in 1996 after being discovered by Sinbad, mentored by Michael Bivins, and had a few member changes hit the scene hard with songs like “Steelo,” “Get it Together,” and “Where My Girls At.”
In 2001, the group took an hiatus and Kameelah Williams decided to go the solo route. She sang background for people like Faith Evans and Missy, and she wrote a few tracks for Faith on her Faithfully album. When Kameelah left, she was replaced by Cree Lamore and the newly formed group performed a single from the Pootie Tang soundtrack. In 2003 Kameelah came back from touring with other artists and they gave Cree the boot, and released the album Star, that placed on the Billboard R&B charts. But in 2008, original member, Orish Grinstead, the twin sister to Irish Grinstead sadly died of kidney failure.
In 2010, Kameelah announced on her twitter that she was working on a solo album, she performed in a SWV tribute concert in honor of Coco’s birthday at BB King’s, Oh, and she also had a child with Musiq Soulchild and the two have been together for 3 years. She’s still cool with the girls (who have been relatively quiet since their last album), but don’t look for a reunion anytime soon. Check out Meelah’s own thoughts in an interview she conducted with Linezofblow.com.
We’ve talked many a time about people we used to jam to in the music industry who didn’t go as far and become as big of staples in said industry as we thought they would. To put it less than nicely, they fell off. It could have been that their sound just wasn’t all that, or that their look wasn’t HOT enough (no crotch shots, no love) for the mainstream, but you won’t find these people with near as many fans as say a Drake or a Rihanna has today. Not to say that they didn’t have their share of success, but c’mon, where are they now?
After Amerie dropped her debut album, All I Have, the future looked incredibly bright for the Korean and African American singer. She had a different look, a different voice, and a great personality. And once she dropped “One Thing,” the lead single for her second album (Touch), which hit number eight on the Billboard Hot 100, I assumed more and more doors were going to open for the singer. But while she had Beyonce’s producers for her second album, she didn’t have Bey’s success. Though Touch did reach gold status, it wasn’t enough for her label, Columbia Records. She was dropped in 2007. Since then, Amerie released another album, In Love and War, which didn’t sell well at all thanks to a lack of radio support. She has hopes to release a new album, under the name Ameriie, and she’s given herself a big makeover by chopping off her hair and slimming down her nose.
Musiq Soulchild sat down with Madame Noire to talk about everything from his baby boy with 702 singer Kameelah Williams to his VERY interesting choice in classic movies. Check it all out in the video below!
What’s your favorite Musiq Soulchild song?