We raved that Michelle Williams’ new gospel single “Say Yes” made us want to twerk and throw our hands to heavens. Turns out her Destiny’s Child bandmates Beyonce and Kelly Rowland fell in love after the first listen, too, and were dying to be featured! The singer tells us how the inspired collab came together.
“Beyonce and Kelly hear ‘Say Yes,’ and they’re like, ‘Before you put that on the album, let us hop on a verse or a chorus,'” Williams says. “Kelly initiated it, Bey hopped on it like, ‘Okay, let’s go!’ And it’s taken a life of its own.”
“Kelly said that all three of us should be on the song,” she continued. “She said, ‘Don’t put this out without the three of us on here!’ That is cool, where you can have sisters like that, where you can call each other up like, ‘Hey, can you be in my video? Hey, can you be in my song?’ And it literally happens just like that. I’m pretty blessed.” Indeed.
And while the sunny dance track is already No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs chart, Williams is hoping for the track to have a further appeal a la one of Yeezus’ biggest hits.
“It’s an inspirational song, so I wasn’t sure how people would take to it,” Williams explains. “But it kind of reminds me of praying [in] that it continues to have the impact, and does have the impact, of when Kanye West did ‘Jesus Walks.’ I think I got one here.”
Watch the full interview above for more on the track, Michelle’s upcoming album Journey to Freedom and more. Don’t miss the sun-soaked video for “Say Yes” featuring Bey and K right here.