Kelly Rowland has described Michelle Obama as being “right up there with God”.
Speaking at a Boys & Girls Club event in New York, the former Destiny’s Child singer discussed how she came to be on ‘This Is For My Girls’, the anthem for Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative, which aims to empower and educate the 62 million girls worldwide who aren’t in school.
“Diane Warren actually called me, told me exactly what it was for and I was like, “I’m in”,” she said, according to Billboard. “It was just that simple. I love Diane Warren.”
She continued: “I am a huge, huge Michelle Obama supporter. If she sneezes on something, I want to be right there for it ’cause I feel like she’s just a woman of purpose, intelligence, who stands by her word, and she’s just amazing. She’s right up there with God.”
During the panel, which was moderated by Queen Latifah and also featured Missy Elliott, actress Sophia Bush and songwriter Diane Warren, Obama told the audience that Stevie Wonder‘s album ‘Talking Book’ is the record that had the biggest influence on her.
One audience member asked the group which album had the biggest influence on them and their lives. Obama replied: “Stevie Wonder. Anything Stevie Wonder.”
“The very first album of my whole life was ‘Talking Book’. My grandad – we called him Southside because he lived on the south side of Chicago, not very imaginative – loved music. He was a carpenter and collected jazz. He had turntables all around the house and reel-to-reels. I used to go to his house and play with his dog called Rex – again, not very imaginative – and play music with him.
“For my birthday, he bought me ‘Talking Book’ and I played it over and over and over again, until ‘Songs In The Key Of Life’ and then I played that over and over and over again. [Wonder’s] songs talked about unity and love and peace. His songs are impacting and push you to think about how you could affect the world. Stevie all the way.”