Welcome to Radio Feedback, Radio.com’s weekly feature where we ask artists to wax nostalgic on the first time they heard themselves on the radio.
The first time Kelly Rowland heard herself on the radio, it was 1998 and she was in Houston driving with her Destiny’s Child ladies, which at the time consisted of Beyoncé, LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson.
Rowland and her girls were on their way to pick up Bey’s little sister, Solange, from school when their song “No, No, No Part 2” came on the radio. Cue the screams.
“We were like, ‘Oh my God, Oh my God!’” she said. “We started running around the courtyard at Solange’s school and she hops out of the school and is like, ‘Why are y’all embarrassing me?’”
Once they explained what was happening, Solange started running around the courtyard, too.
“It was beautiful moment,” Rowland said. “We were just really happy.”
Though it’s been 15 years since she first heard her song on the radio, Rowland said it’s still exciting. “They don’t have to play it,” she said, matter-of-factly. “It’s still a great moment, even when you hear it five times a day.”
The “Dirty Laundry” singer talked about the first time she heard one of her solo records on the radio, saying it was an even more exciting moment because it was all her own. And even with her latest solo album, Talk A Good Game — her fourth — Rowland says she still gets chills when she hears one of her singles on the radio.
Just recently she heard “Kisses Down Low” for the first time while driving in a car and nearly gave her driver a heart attack. “I started to hear the melody and said, ‘That sounds really familiar. ‘Turn it up!'”
Rowland said she felt a little crazy for screaming, but believes a musician should never act like hearing their song over the airwaves is some normal thing.
“Having a hit is never a bad thing because it doesn’t have to be you,“ she explained. “It’s always a blessing.”