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“It was the album I had to write”: Solange reflects on the album that changed her life

Solange Knowles on the cover of AnOther Magazine A/W17; Photography by Peter LindberghSolange‘s album A Seat at the Table earned the celebrated singer her first Grammy, as well as critical acclaim from peers, fans and critics.

Looking back on the album’s themes of race, self-care and identity, she tells AnOther magazine in a new interview that she just knew it was “the album I had to write.”

As Solange explains, “Whether I felt fear, whether I felt unprepared to have the conversation, whether I had major doubts, it was not up to me. I was not writing anything else.”  

The “Don’t Touch My Hair” singer has certainly come a long way from writing “really depressing songs about my world collapsing” after a torn meniscus kept her from pursuing her dreams of being a dancer.  

Solange released her first album, 2002’a Solo Star, at the age of 16.

A Seat at the Table, according to Solange, is only “a stop” on her career path, and she notes that she used the disc to “find some sort of reconciliation with myself and how I acted in the world.”  

She explains, “It’s been really interesting trying to figure out how to have that conversation with the people who love this record because, really, I had to do this album to try to make myself a better human.” 

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