Solange Knowles is the cover girl for the March issue of ELLE, inside the mag, the Seat At The Table artist, describes growing up in the house with big sister Beyonce, and Kelly Rowland and her Grammy Award nominated album, A Seat At The Table.
On growing up in the house with big sister Beyonce, and Kelly Rowland:
“My sister and Kelly [Rowland] were the same age, which is like a built-in best friend in the house; they were extremely close,” the A Seat at the Table songstress told the publication. “Writing felt like this insular thing that I could go back in my room and express all that I would observe, all the emotions that would arise. It felt like mine, my little thing.”
On raising son Julez, while trying to jumpstart her career:
“It was one of the most bittersweet moments of my life because I was so in love with Julez, and having spent a lot of time on the road, I yearned to be in one place, to have the opportunity to really ground myself with him,” Solange said. “But it was isolating and lonely, and so cold and dark. And it was just Julez and me most of the time. It was hard to imagine being able to progress in my career in any way.”
The wife of video director Alan Ferguson, and mother to Julez, finally felt the time was ready to create an album that spoke to her viewpoints and voice:
“I did want to create this juxtaposition, politically, of having these very hard, messy conversations but having them stylistically in a way that you can really hear me, and not the yelling, the rage,” she said of her 2016 album. “I wanted to project in my delivery what I was not achieving at all: peace and having a certain lightness and airiness that could maybe help me get closer to having more light and airiness in my life.”