Michelle Williams Reveals How Destiny's Child Reflects Gospel Influences

Michelle Williams, one third of the R&B group Destiny's Child, is gearing up to release a gospel album, and recently revealed the inspiration and name of her new gospel record and how her former group members influenced her.

Williams, 32, recently spoke with Michigan Avenue magazine where she revealed the inspiration for her upcoming solo album "Journey To Freedom."

"People identify when your music comes from the heart and speaks truth," Williams told Michigan Avenue. "There was a time last year when I didn't know if I could record and finish one song, and it took me a while to really be comfortable and allow other people to help me with my thoughts. We had some incredible writers who were able to help me with my own situation, and it really helped deliver me out of some of those dark moments."

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Williams may be working on her solo album, but she admitted to being influenced by former Destiny's Child group members Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland.

"Being in the group that long-with even Bey and Kelly, being in the group that long for them-just rubs off on you," Williams said to the publication. "The friendships continue to inspire, but the genres are so different now. I can't wait for them to hear [my new album], so I can be like 'Okay, what do y'all think?'"

She revealed that while Knowles and Rowland have had an opinion on her work, she also maintains her freedom as a solo artist.

"They're like, 'Girl, do this or do that,'" Williams told Michigan Avenue. "But we really try to keep the solo stuff separate."

Williams recently released her song "If We Had Your Eyes."

Although many know Williams from her stint with Destiny's Child, the gospel singer spoke about her choice to partake in the genre despite her success singing secular music in a previous interview with Billboard magazine.

"Some people will do gospel when their career fails, but I chose to do it at the height of the popularity of Destiny's Child," Williams told Billboard. "And I didn't want to do it because it was a fad. I wanted to do it because it's in me. It's in my heart."

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