Most of us grew up listening to Kameelah “Meelah” Williams when she, along with Irish and LaMisha Grinstead, asked the iconic question, “Where My Girls At?” As the lead singer of Motown’s ’90s R&B group 702, Meelah gained recognition for her soulful vocal range and striking beauty. Both traits allowed her to have longevity in an industry where musical careers burn out fast. Currently, Meelah has found her way back into the limelight through the reality show R&B Divas Atlanta.
As she preps for her reality TV debut, we got the chance to chat with Meelah who shared that fans will have the opportunity to listen to her soulful voice again with new music she’s been creating with hit maker Sean Garret. Garret, who has worked with Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, Ciara, and Britney Spears is helping Meelah cook up some sizzling tracks our ears are yearning to hear. During our interview, Meelah proved to be the friend we imagined her to be as she shared how she balances being a mother to a child with autism with her career aspirations, how she dealt with the 702 breakup, and why her time is now! Check out our Q&A:
What would you have done differently regarding 702 and the group’s breakup?
“Nothing! I am a firm believer in timing. Timing is everything and I know it sounds cliche; the time after the breakup allowed me to find who I was as a woman and really explore my individuality. I could write songs, record with and for other people. I had some down time too, so I was able to still work behind the scenes so I can stay in the game without being in the limelight so I can perfect my craft. I’ve really learned timing is everything and my time is now.”
What lead you to join R&B Divas ATL?
“My manager and myself decided it would be best for me to do the show. The R&B Divas Atlanta producers called me saying they were interested and I weighed my options. I decided it would not be best to miss this chance because reality television has really helped redirect people’s careers.”
What should fans expect from you on the show?
“My fans will be able to see who I am, as an individual and not only as a recording artist. My son was diagnosed with autism two months ago too, so I would like people to see how I manage with that as a mother. I am excited for everyone to receive the opportunity to understand, know, and see who the real Meelah is because sometimes when you are in a group, you can kind of be in the shadow with the ‘oneness’ of the group’s identity. So ‘R&B Divas’ is great for me to really showcase who I am.”
How do you plan to revamp your career?
“I plan to rebrand myself through being a solo artist and using social media. I have a lot of room to change not only my look but my sound from who I was in the ’90s. Initially I was anti-social media because I didn’t get it. But I am realizing it is an amazing tool for your career with advertising and marketing. So now I have to use social media in order to be relevant. I want to make sure I have a strong internet presence.”
How do you balance your career with your son Zachariah having autism?
“It is very important I balance my career with having a special needs child because it is very challenging and difficult. Regardless of whether or not my child is special needs I am a mommy first. I have to make sure I am devoting enough time to my child while still developing my career especially since I am still a new mother. Thank God I have my mom and his father (Musiq Soulchild) to step up to help me out so I can still have time to dedicate myself to my music. But I am learning everyday how to balance!”
What is the key to maintaining your relationship with Musiq Soulchild?
“Musiq will not be on the show that much but fans will see him in certain scenes pertaining to my real life. Otherwise, we have been very private about our relationship. On the regular day-to-day we don’t carry a megahorn with us, it’s just not our style. So that has helped us carry on a private life but of course that will change because I will be on a reality show. But we know what we want to do with our relationship and what we want to keep to ourselves. We make sure we have those conversations to remain on the same page especially with all the blogs and magazines.”
Why are people so nostalgic about ’90s R&B Music?
“There is something very special about the music from that era. Every time I talk to people about ’90s music being at its peak, people talk about how it made them feel. Overall, people really miss that sound because it was authentic and about love. It wasn’t just about ‘I’m gonna hit it tonight and never call you again.’ Groups like 112, Jagged Edge, 702 and SWV sang about love and relationships…there was an innocence to the music. R&B songs were not about popping molly or getting wasted.”