Credit: Cesar BalcazarFormer Destiny’s Child member LeToya Luckett released her third CD, Back 2 Life, Friday, and she admits at first, she was scared about segueing from being a member of a group to a solo career.
“As a solo artist, I wish I would’ve been more prepared in that moment. I was so uncomfortable and afraid,” she tells Vulkan magazine. “If the LeToya today would’ve come out with [my debut single] ‘Torn,’ it would’ve been a different situation.”
Now, eleven years later, Luckett is full of confidence, and is known for her cheerful personality. However, she feels people believe she’s never faced adversity, or has any problems of her own.
“People see me one way and that’s it. I’m the cookie-cutter, good girl next door,” she says. “I am a good girl, but that doesn’t mean that life hasn’t happened.”
She adds, “I think because I walk around with a smile and I’m always trying to be positive about everything, people don’t realize that I hurt and go through things just like everyone else.”
The Houston vocalist also has a major film role planned: she’ll appear as Dionne Warwick in the upcoming biopic, Dionne. Luckett’s been acting since 1999, and feels opportunities are growing for African-American actresses.
“We have limited roles and we’re just getting to a point of being more visible in movies and television,” Luckett says. “Shows like Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder are opening the doors for more diversity in Hollywood.”
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