Rico Love Talks Helping Kelly Rowland Become a Leading Lady After Playing Number Two

With the chart success of her current single “Motivation,” which features rapper Lil Wayne, Kelly Rowland is slowly shifting from the shadows of her former Destiny’s Child bandmates. The mid-tempo riding “Motivation” was produced by Jim Jonsin and written by Rico Love, who is happy to see Rowland garner solo success.

“I’m excited for her because she deserves it. She’s a superstar,” Rico Love tells Singersroom. “Sometimes you have to let people know how much of a star they are; you have to remind them how great they are because being in a situation where she was number two for so long and not in a bad way because that was her role, it’s kinda hard to step outside of that. So to be able to help her step outside of that and realize that she’s a leading lady and make her command her own presence in the studio and fighting with her and her fighting back and us just meeting in the middle and saying ‘this is what we’re going to do;’ we gonna make history. It’s exciting to see the numbers and I’m proud of her.”

Rowland’s third studio album, which she recently titled ‘Here I Am,” is set to hit stores late summer. In addition to Jonsin and Love, the set will also boasts production from Dr. Luke, Stargate, RedOne, Tricky Stewart and Rodney Jerkins.

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