Normani Says Leaving Fifth Harmony Has Been an ‘Eye-Opener’
The 5H member, who's spent recent months embarking on a solo career, told Us Weekly that harnessing her own voice and style as a performer is tantamount to being set free.
“I would definitely say just a more clear vision of who Normani is,” she said. “For so long I feel like people got an idea of who I was in the entity of the group. Even within myself, I kind of got comfortable with that. So for me to kind of be detached from that has been an eye-opener for me and, like I said on the stage, me finally being able to discover myself and just different things, different parts of me. There are so many different layers and so many different portions that I haven’t necessarily been able to tap into that I have been introduced to, so it’s really, really cool. It’s like the sky is the limit.”
And Normani said fans shouldn't expect a repurposing of 5H's catalog stitched into her solo work.
“I think this body of work is definitely a bit more sultry side of myself, and there’s just different inspirations and influences that I grew up listening to that I want to incorporate in there, but I’ve been writing from the album," she said. " I’ve even been co-producing, so like I said, it’s like a kid in a freakin’ candy store.”
Fifth Harmony announced an official hiatus in March after most members had already begun working on independent material.
“After six years going hard, nonstop, we also realized that in order to stay authentic to ourselves and to you, we do need to take some time for now to go on a hiatus from Fifth Harmony in order to pursue solo endeavors,” members noted in a statement. “We are all very excited and grateful to be able to take this time to learn and grow creatively and really find our footing as individuals. In doing this we are allowing ourselves to gain new experiences, strengths and perspectives that we can bring back to our Fifth Harmony family.”