The ZORA Interview

How Kelly Rowland Balances Music-Making and Motherhood

Rowland’s New EP ‘K’ Releases Today, Plus She’s Not Rushing the ‘Snap Back’ Body After Birth of Baby Noah

Adrienne Gibbs
ZORA
Published in
4 min readFeb 19, 2021

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Photo of Kelly Rowland with a logo that says “THE ZORA EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW” on the right.
Illustration by Dennis Huynh for ZORA. Photo courtesy of Kelly Rowland.

Kelly Rowland is celebrating her 40th birthday, a new baby, a new clothing line, and her new music release K, a soul-confirming, five-bop, melanin-popped dance-in-your-house-naked-during-Covid jaunt into fun and discernment.

She is poised to talk about this record when her littlest co-worker decided he had something to say. Newborn Noah — just about a month old — gurgles and coos. Rowland takes a moment to attend to him. She murmurs in a sing-songy, soft voice. Asks about his bottle. And in so doing she signals that work doesn’t trump motherhood, but can live side-by-side with it. And also, hey, It’s Covid-19 and everyone is working from home and even celebrity kids sometimes show up in interviews.

“I talked to a girlfriend of mine in Houston and she’s like, ‘you’re working?’” says Rowland. “‘What? How are you working?’ I said, ‘well, you know, the show must go on. And, I’m still having fun.’ I have a great team and support system around me to help me with my boys. So why not?”

But she isn’t going overboard.

“You know, I’m still sitting down when I need to.”

Rowland has perfected getting the work done — but not at the expense of self-care and family. Last year she adapted to the new kind of Covid-inspired work-life-home school non-balance that we all are experiencing. She monitored remote-school sessions with six-year-old Titan, merged her love of early ’90s fashions into her new designs with Just Fab, recorded new song “Black Magic” with producer Shama “Sak Pase” Joseph, and made Lifetime’s holiday film Merry Liddle Christmas. That said, the music sets the tone. With the NFL-recommended song “Hitman” making waves during the 2020 football season, and 2021’s celebratory “Black Magic” touting horns and juju for January, next up is today’s release of “Flowers,” all about celebrating the ones you love right now.

It’s just the Black History Month release that we need and that we can play long after the 28 days are gone. 2020 was difficult and so for 2021…

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Adrienne Gibbs
ZORA
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Director of Content @Medium. Award-winning Writer. Editor. Mother. Featured on Beyoncé's year in review film.