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Michelle Williams Fronts Michigan Avenue Summer 2013

Posted Friday July 5, 2013 11:32 AM GMT

Fresh off the premiere of her new single "If We Had Your Eyes," Michelle Williams graces the cover of Michigan Avenue magazine's Summer 2013 issue.

While rocking designer duds from Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue for the stunning Brian Bowen Smith-shot spread, the former Destiny's Child member opens up about her friendship with Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland, while revealing more info about her upcoming album Journey to Freedom.

Check out a few highlights of Miss Williams' interview below. For more, be sure to visit Michigan Avenue!

On Beyonce and Kelly:
"Being in the group that long—with even Bey and Kelly, being in the group that long for them—just rubs off on you. The friendships continue to inspire, but the genres are so different now. I can’t wait for them to hear [my new album], so I can be like 'Okay, what do y’all think?' They’re like, 'Girl, do this or do that.' But we really try to keep the solo stuff separate."

On Journey to Freedom:
"People identify when your music comes from the heart and speaks truth. There was a time last year when I didn’t know if I could record and finish one song, and it took me a while to really be comfortable and allow other people to help me with my thoughts. We had some incredible writers who were able to help me with my own situation, and it really helped deliver me out of some of those dark moments."

On her career the past 10 years:
"I consider myself a little girl up there on that stage thrown to the wolves. I pretty much was. My very first Broadway role was a lead character. That’s absolutely insane. Even with Destiny’s Child, I didn’t have a lot of experience, but growing up [and participating in] the Creative and Performing Arts program [in Rockford’s schools] gives you the confidence to just go for it. I’m very proud that I can look at my résumé and see all I’ve done, and I can’t wait to do more. I hope to originate a role on Broadway one day. I’m very excited about my growth."

Photo Credit: Brian Bowen Smith for Michigan Avenue