Adrienne Bailon on Music Hiatus: “I’m Scared to Fail” (Is She Right?)

Should Adrienne Bailon be “scared to fail” if she releases another album?

That’s a warranted feeling, being that the singer-turned-TV personality hasn’t released an album since 2007.

Bailon started her career with R&B girl group 3LW, and then transitioned to The Cheetah Girls, after the popular trio disbanded. The Cheetah Girls released two albums before breaking up as well, which led Bailon to inking a solo record deal. Since her signing, Bailon attempted to release several singles, but none materialized, leading her to put her music career on hold.

During a segment on her talk show, The Real, on Wednesday (Jan. 28), Bailon and her co-hosts fought back tears over a question on why she hasn’t released new music.

“I'm scared to fail. I've had this solo album people that I've been saying is coming out for the last five years,” says an emotional Bailon. “I don’t like the sound of my own voice… and that’s honest. In 3LW, I probably enjoyed the music side more, because it was R&B; it was more of my thing. In Cheetah girls, they praised the fact that I sounded so young, and as a 31-year-old woman, sometimes I hear myself recorded, and I still think I sound really young.”

She continued: “When I finished Cheetah Girls, I got a record deal at Def Jam, and it didn't go the way I thought it was gonna go. Like, there was so much more to music than just what I love about music… I felt like the music business was different than when I got in the game at 16 years old; it was about music, and talent, and singing, and to step out on my own and let my voice be heard, I'm scared…”

Asked by Tamar on why she’s scared, Bailon goes on to say: “What if people don't like it?… What if it's not successful?… I would rather it not come out and just say, 'Well, it just never came out,' than for it come out and be whack.”

The segment finishes with Bailon’s co-host giving her their personal advice on why she shouldn’t be worried about failure.

“You have to fall in love with music. You cannot think about who is gonna buy it, if anybody is gonna like it, you have to love it,” Tamar told Bailon.

The lesson here… be yourself and listen to your heart.


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