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    Houston Chronicle: Michelle Williams Creating her own destiny

    Destiny’s Child gave the world classic girl-group harmonies, lots of sequins and the term “bootylicious” (added to the Oxford English Dictionary in 2004). Houston native Beyoncé is a worldwide pop powerhouse. Kelly Rowland has carved a successful niche as an R&B vamp. Michelle Williams, however, might be the biggest risk-taker of them all. Williams, who joined Destiny’s Child in 2000 and spent time living in Houston, made her first appearance in the “Say My Name” video. As a solo musician, she’s veered from contemporary gospel to high-energy dance anthems – and sometimes a mash-up of both. She starred in “Aida” and “Chicago” on Broadway and earned acclaim for national tours…

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    JSquared Mag: JOURNEY TO FREEDOM Michelle Williams Listening Session

    In an intimate setting with Michelle Williams, she shared some of her songs from her new album #JourneyToFreedom. The blueprint for this record was to work with producers and writers that come from the RnB / Pop world but are people who love Christ. Everyone who worked on the album understands “the balance”. Journey To Freedom is an album you can play along with anything that is on the radio and not sound light years behind. With messages such as being in your purpose and excepting and embracing the things that YOU are supposed be doing. Two years in the making…Michelle shares some stories behind some of her tracks and…

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    Journey to Freedom Review: Idolator.com

    Michelle Williams has always walked the line between mainstream R&B (the genre she conquered with Destiny’s Child) and gospel (her calling) with both grace and a certain amount of caution. On her fourth LP, however, both worlds collide. Journey To Freedom is an ambitious attempt at extending the scope of faith-based music by conveying the diva’s inspirational message through non-traditional means. The starting point for most listeners will be “Say Yes” — the wig-whipping internet phenomenon that reunited Michelle with Beyonce and Kelly Rowland. Based on a Nigerian hymn, the turbo-charged floorfiller is equally appropriate for church or the club. The content is distinctly religious but the furious beat and…

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    Journey to Freedom Review: Hallels.com

    In matters with regards to her faith, Michelle Williams is not one to soft pedal around. For many a lesser artist, they would have gallop on the opportunity to sing with Williams’ former Destiny Child’s band mates Beyonce and Kelly Rowland by recording a tailored for radio ear candy with guaranteed crossover success. Rather, “Say Yes,” the much anticipated single that features the voices of Beyonce, Williams and Rowland together, is a straight ahead Gospel tune with a fiercely Jesus-centered lyrics. Never one to reference Jesus under the generic “he” and never one to pass a Christian song under the guise of a sanctified love song, Michelle Williams states her…

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    Jet Magazine: Michelle Williams Gears Up for New Album

    A few months ago, Michelle Williams was gearing up for the release of her fourth studio project, Journey to Freedom, initially due in February. But she had an inkling that something wasn’t quite right. “We just were not ready, and I kind of already knew,” she admits. Her hunch was correct, and the album was pushed back. But Williams didn’t just need more time to work on her music, she needed more time to work on herself, too. “I think I was at my low point in every way imaginable,” she reveals. “As far as the pressure was concerned, I was going through that and the battle of wanting to…

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    Chicago Tribune: Destiny and doughnuts for Michelle Williams

    Michelle Williams was searching for CNN on the TV Friday afternoon in her suite at the Hard Rock Hotel, more than 20 floors up from where she hosted her album release party the previous night. The 34-year-old singer and Rockford native wanted to check in on a news story that had just broken before leaving the room. It turns out Williams is a self-proclaimed “newsie.” She talks of news in the same manner some might talk about gossip, relaying the juicy details and her theories on what transpired. “It’s probably not healthy,” said Williams of her obsession. This may explain, in part, why she’s drawn to real-life-crime and courtroom programming.…

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    Photo Exclusive: Michelle Williams “Say Yes” to Fellowship Chicago

    Michelle Williams came close to home over the weekend with a number of Chicago appearances to promote her new album, Journey to Freedom. Her last stop before heading to other cities was her former church home Fellowship Chicago headed by Pastor Charles Jenkins. What was to be a listening party and a cd signing turned into a full on church service. Churchgoers were treated to a performance of “Say Yes”, a short sermon on “Blessings being Conditional” and a meet and greet plus cd signing with Michelle Williams. Unexpected Michelle was able to attend to share these exclusive photos: Bonus: Michelle Williams attended and sang at Chicago’s House of Hope…

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