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Michelle Williams’ “Say Yes” Reunites Destiny’s Child

Michelle Williams’ latest single “Say Yes” (from her upcoming album Journey to Freedom) is an airy, inspiring ode to Jesus green-lighting your whole life.  Not only does it uplift the listener’s spirits, it reunites one of the greatest girl groups of all time, Destiny’s Child.  In support of their sister, Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé Knowles join Michelle on her latest single, all of them claiming their authority in Christ by singing in unfiltered glee, “When Jesus says yes, nobody can say no!”  With the bountiful “yeses” visited on all three women (as a group and as solo artists), one would tend to agree!

The track, produced by Harmony Samuels, features bouncy African rhythms and is based on a Nigerian gospel tune. Beyoncé told Rap It Up, “It’s Destiny’s Child time again. This song is so inspiring and it’s not enough music out there like this and I’m proud to be a part of it.”

Michelle added, “We’re still loving each other, supporting each other. They have no idea what it means to me and I think it’s full circle. We’re still rocking it out.”  Hearing the harmonizing trio reunited on the single makes for a fantastic plug for the rest of the album, due out September 9.

Saying Yes

After releasing her best-selling gospel album Heart to Yours in 2002, Michelle Williams topped the US gospel album chart, won a MOBO Award for “Best Gospel Act” and was ranked fifth Top Gospel Artist of 2002 by Billboard. On top of that, she starred in Broadway’s Aida.  Now, that’s a yes.

After selling 60 million albums worldwide, Destiny’s Child gained their own star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.  Michelle, Beyoncé and Kelly became the poster children for feminist girl power to women everywhere.  If that ain’t a “yes,” I don’t know what is.

In the feel-good music video for “Say Yes,” which debuted this week on Good Morning America, the girls wear flowing white dresses and African inspired fabrics (and Beyoncé even rocks her signature Destiny’s Child braids!).  But the real gem is Michelle’s joy and conviction as she sings about her Lord – when Jesus backs your play, nobody can stand in your way.


Michelle Williams “Say Yes” feat. Beyonce and Kelly Rowland

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Mic check 1,2,1,2. Not the words you expect to bust out of Orange County, California, but that's where Deborah Jane found her funk. Daughter of Guyanese immigrants, Deborah grew up in an all-white suburb where she was one of the only black kids in her school. (Fun fact: She didn't make her first black friend until attending Stanford University). Hip-hop gave her a voice and helped her discover her roots. Now she is an emcee and writer who both spits raps and writes editorials, TV shows and films - especially hip-hop musicals!

At Stanford, she wrote and produced an award-winning hip-hop musical, Strange Fruit: The Hip-Hopera (www.strangefruithiphopera.com) - now in development as a feature film. Deborah also launched her hip-hip theatre webseries, The HOTT (www.youtube.com/TheHOTTtv), published in Urban Cusp Magazine. Currently, she is penning her first hip-hop album, Do You Love Me Deborah Jane? And do you? She truly hopes you all love her.

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