B. Howard Speaks About New Album Genesis, Being At The Jackson’s House & Finding Out About Michael Jackson’s Death & More [FWO Exclusive] Part 1
Fee World Order had the pleasure of catching up with the multi-talented, award nominated singer, songwriter, and producer B. Howard. B. Howard comes from a long bloodline of musical talents including his grandmother, Rock and Roll’s Hall of Fame, Josephine Howard of The Caravans and his mom, singer and actress Miki Howard.
B. Howard has been making a name for himself in the music industry, by working with artist such as Ne-Yo, Chris Brown, Missy Elliott, Wyclef Jean, Jazmine Sullivan, and many more. In addition to working with so many talented artist, he has his own entertainment company and just released a new album entitled Genesis.
In Part 1 of the interview with Fee World Order, B. Howard speaks about his new album Genesis, his relationship with the Jackson Family and more. Here is part 1 of the interview.
Fee World Order Exclusive Interview with B. Howard Part 1:
How did you get started in the business?
B. Howard: My mom gave me one year to do music and said if you don’t do it in a year, you can’t do music at all. So, I just went really really hard and that’s how it happened.
So, your mom didn’t want you to do music?
No, it was just that everyone was trying to protect me, because of how the industry is.
What can we expect from the new album Genesis?
B. Howard: The album has a current feel and is a very timeless album. I took my time out to make sure that it was. Also, for the worldwide version I will be adding three new songs.
So, you’re adding three new songs to the album?
B. Howard: Yes, with some surprises and surprise guest.
Who are some of the producers that you worked with for the album?
B. Howard: I’m not sure if you know, but I produced most of the songs on my album. Other then myself, Teddy Riley collaborated with me on one of my songs and I also worked with Sidney Miller.
Why did you name your new album Genesis?
B. Howard: As most people know Genesis means the beginning. So, I was thinking about a whole new sound of music for our generation. Change. Bring out a different sound.
Where do you get inspiration from to write and produce music?
B. Howard: My inspiration comes from above. It’s something that I do, feel, and express.
Who are some of the artist that you are currently listening to?
B. Howard: I’m listening to Biggy Smalls’ Life After Death, Gerald Levert, Mint Condition, The Oliver soundtrack, and City of Angels.
What’s your favorite song off the Biggy Smalls Life After Death album?
B. Howard: Kick in the door, wavin the four-four. All you heard was poppa don’t hit me no more.
So, B. Howard has a little gansta side to him?
B. Howard: No. That’s swag.
How do you know the Jackson family?
B. Howard: My mother was managed by Joseph way long before I was even born. He was one of their first managers. They took care of me, gave me food, and everything. They’ve always been there. They’re like my family.
How do you feel about people comparing you to Michael Jackson?
B. Howard: It takes a lot of pressure off, actually. I just like to give a good show and give the fans what they want, like him.
How did you take the news about Michael’s death?
B. Howard: It was pretty tough. At the time I was at Havenhurst (Katherine’s home), I had spent the night over at the house, and Katherine left early in the morning without saying anything. So, I was wondering where did they go. Alejandra (Jermaine Jackson’s ex-wife) had come out with me for one of my meetings, and then everyone started calling my phone saying Michael’s in the hospital, what’s going on? Now, I’m in the meeting looking at the phone, like there is always some type of rumor going on. So, I told Alejandra to check on this and surely he was on his way to the hospital. It was odd, my heart just went to my stomach. Very odd. On the way to the hospital Alejandra was crying her eyes out, and I was just trying to be strong. As a person, I was just trying to hold it together. But, when we got to the hospital that was it.