*In celebration of her new album, “Here I Am,” Kelly Rowland visited the peeps at Essence. She gave them the low-down on her hit single “Motivation,” dishes on Beyonce, and talks about her favorite fashion, beauty and hair moments.

Besides the video below with managing editor Emil Wilbekin, she spoke on …


Kelly admits she has zero time for anything serious right now, but the Texas native gave us a clue as to what kind of man could “motivate” a southern belle like her to one day change her mind.

“He’s got to have great confidence,” Kelly tells us about the man she’d consider settling down for. “He’s got to be assured in himself as a man and have great goals. Ambition looks so sexy on anybody. Plus, I think it’s really important for him to have a great sense of humor. That’s just so sexy to me.”

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About her “Here I Am” CD:

It took a long time for her to decide on an album title.
“At one point I asked my fans to help,” says Kelly. “Finally, I was having a meeting with my product manager and I said, ‘I want people to know that I’m here, that this is the most revealing record I’ve ever done, that this is the record, here I am.’ My product manager says, ‘that’s it.'”

She took a lot of creative control on this album, down to the sequencing of the songs.
“I wanted everything to be so definitive, like the songs and the lyrics, the arrangements, everything. I wanted to make a statement on this record. If there’s anything I’ve learned over the years it’s that the sequencing of a record is so important. The titles and the sounds just have to flow into one another — that’s incredibly important.”

She worked with her favorite producers.
“I met back up with Rodney Jerkins because I hadn’t seen him since the last Destiny’s Child record. Being back with him was as if we had finished the DC record yesterday, and we picked right up where we left off. He has such amazing energy. Rico Love laid the foundation. I love him. He pushed me so much, and I am just so grateful to him because he brought out a different side of me. I also loved working with Red One, and Jim Johnson. His mom made me chocolate brownies, so I was really happy.”

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Watch Kelly’s Essence interview here:

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