Bridget Kelly Talks ‘Something Different,’ Putting an End to Male-Bashing & More [EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW]
If there is one artist who’s patiently waiting for her album to drop, it’s Bridget Kelly. With the release date of ‘Something Different’ being pushed to 2014 yet again, many breathed a sigh of relief when the New York native displayed her recent EP, ‘Cut To… Bridget Kelly,’ earlier this month.
“Because the process of putting the album together was so tedious, we have so many good songs that we want to put out that I need to put out an EP before putting the album out,” she tells TheBoombox.com.
Although some of the songs on ‘Cut to… Bridget Kelly’ are tracks that were meant to be on the album, the EP is just an introduction to ‘Something Different’ and there will be more to come. “I want people to get a feel for what the album is going to sound like,” the singer explains. “I have so many more records. I just don’t want them to go to waste. I want the world to still hear them.”
Signed to Roc Nation in 2008, Kelly made a name for herself when she sang Alicia Keys‘ part on ‘Empire State of Mind’ with Jay Z at various performances including ‘Saturday Night Live,’ Coachella and the MTV Europe Music Awards.
She released her debut EP, ‘Every Girl,’ in 2011, which features the Frank Ocean-penned track, ‘Thinkin Bout You.’ Her second EP includes the love ode ‘Special Delivery’ as well as the lead single, ‘Coca1n3 Heartbreak.’
‘Goosebumps’ is a song the songstress says really gave her a chance to delve into a topic she rarely speaks about in public.
“It’s so different for me,” she states. “‘Special Delivery’ for me was like a romantic take on relationship and the demise of it. ‘Street Dreamin’ [with Kendrick Lamar] was so much more fun. And ‘Goosebumps’ now is a very sexy, sultry song about just telling a guy how to follow my lead in a sensual encounter. So it’s really cool. It’s a much more mature side of me that I didn’t think was in me.”
Watch Bridget Kelly’s ‘Special Delivery’ Video
‘I was telling Jerry Wonda, ‘I don’t know how I can talk about this,'” Kelly admits. “They’re still trying to fight and make me a lady and get me to wear dresses and stuff like that, and I was just telling them I didn’t know if I was ready to talk about sex yet. Eww. Boys are yucky. That’s kind of how I feel sometimes, but this song is a much more aggressive take on the relationship side.”
Although Kelly, 27, reveals that working with producers Wonda and Shea Taylor is a great experience, she does admit that being in the studio with them for the first time felt like going on a first date.
“I was in the studio with Shea Taylor and Jerry Wonda a lot, and they really brought stuff out of me that I really didn’t know was stuff I wanted to talk about,” she discloses. “Going in with producers for the first time is weird sometimes. It’s like a first date experience. Do we talk about everything? Do we kiss? Do we hold hands? Do we tell our secrets? You don’t know how much to tell, but they made it really comfortable for me.
“I was able to be comfortable saying things about myself better and learn about how I feel and what I think. And sometimes it changes a lot. So getting to work with them was the most exciting part for me.”
And as a female R&B artist in a still predominantly male industry, Kelly feels liberated in not only having the chance to sing about anything and everything she feels but also having the freedom to do so.
“I think it’s so much easier, in R&B especially where it’s in such a cool and fluid and eclectic kind of place, that we can say whatever the hell we want to say,” she shares. “And as a woman, that’s really dope because we’re not usually allowed to do that. And in music, we can express ourselves however we want. I feel like now with artists like Miguel who are very avant-garde and very expressive and free, as a woman, we can also take that same liberty.
“And it’s cool because there are so many new artists that are women who have a lot to say like myself, Elle Varner, K. Michelle, Tamar [Braxton], we all have incredible stories and experiences to share. So it makes it easier for us to say what we want to say and talk about relationships and talk about everything.”
She may have the freedom to say what she wants, but there’s some music she doesn’t want to put out there. “I think it’s cliche for women to male-bash, but I think there’s so much more and so many more layers to who we are,” Kelly states. “And it’s OK for us to talk about other things like being abused or being the heartbreaker. The tables have turned a little bit. I think we have that liberty now to just saw whatever we want.”
Talk that talk.
Watch Bridget Kelly’s ‘Street Dreamin’ Video Feat. Kendrick Lamar