For her new single "Say Yes," Michelle Williams has called in some supreme backup: her Destiny's Child pals Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé.
The cover of the Nigerian hymn "When Jesus Says Yes" is set to appear on Williams's Journey to Freedom, due out this fall. On the track, Williams sings lead, with Rowland and Beyoncé joining in for background vocals and the second verse. Produced by Harmony Samuels, the music has a vibrant dance energy and an uplifting, faith-based message. Lyrics include: "I'm not worried about a thing/'Cause I know you are guiding me/Where you lead me/Lord I will go/I have not fear/'Cause I know who's in control."
Michelle, Kelly, and Beyoncé reportedly filmed a video for the song in New Jersey on Tuesday. Williams's declined to confirm the shoot. Meanwhile, Michelle claimed that the song was released prematurely.
Unfortunately an unmixed and mastered version of a song was leaked today! Wanted it 2 be presented right! Thx for the love though! 😘 #pissed— Michelle Williams (@RealMichelleW) May 21, 2014
The singers have recorded songs together since Destiny's Child's breakup in 2005. In January 2013, they released a new song "Nuclear" that appeared on the album Love Songs, a compilation of their ballads. Last summer, they joined on another new track, "You Changed," from Kelly's Talk a Good Game album. They also offered a surprise reunion for Beyoncé's 2013 Super Bowl performance.
SEE MICHELLE WILLIAMS PERFORM "SAY YES" AT YAHOO MUSIC
In a recent interview with Yahoo Music, Michelle discussed performing at the Super Bowl with Beyoncé and Kelly. Williams admitted to initially being a bit uncomfortable in the toaster contraption that propelled them on stage for the surprise introduction.
"It is dangerous. It is very dangerous," Michelle said about the machine that ejected her from below to the top of the stage. "We did those toasters on our last tour, the Destiny's Fulfilled. For the song 'Soldier' we would pop up. We had our Michael Jackson moment. But people don't know I had an anxiety attack under there first day of rehearsal. Because I hadn't done it in eight years. Then there were so many people watching the rehearsal. I was like, 'They got to leave because what if I pop up and fall or something. I don't want them to see that.' And they made everybody leave. So then I ran it a couple times and then was like, 'OK, let's go.'
Michelle said she is not claustrophobic, but her heart was beating fast. "You got to keep your hands in," she added. "You can hear something in your ears. You know, 'Five, four, three, two, one, [pop].' Now, if somebody don't do it right, they jerk the wrong way, you're done."
Michelle has released two other singles from Journey to Freedom, "If We Had Your Eyes" and "Fire."