T-Boz Says New TLC Album Will Be a Throwback to the Group's Hit Sound
The R&B Divas Haven't Released a CD in a Decade
TLC fans who've been hoping for new tunes from the R&B divas who brought us classics like "Creep," "Waterfalls," "No Scrubs" and "Unpretty" will soon be in luck, as singer Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins says she and her musical partner Rozanda "Chilli" Thomas are working on a new album that will feature the band's trademark R&B sounds.
"We're going to still sound like TLC, evolving to whatever level we need to be at this time," Watkins tells the BBC.
"We've always grown throughout the years and have always had our own sound. That's what works for us and we don't have to worry about anybody else. When that stops working, maybe we'll hang up the towel, but that still works. We have to get into the studio and start feeling how we feel. You have to find yourself first and then you find the path and then you have an album before you know it."
The remaining TLC twosome -- original member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes died in a car accident in 2002 -- have dealt with plenty of drama throughout their Grammy-winning career, which should provide plenty of fodder for some serious songwriting on the next album.
Watkins, who will star in her own TLC reality series, Totally T-Boz, in January, has suffered from sickle-cell anemia since she was a child and was not expected to live past the age of 30 or to be able to have children. She has a daughter and celebrated her 42nd birthday in April.
Watkins has also been divorced and had to undergo dangerous surgery to remove a brain tumor in 2006.
Meanwhile, Watkins and Thomas -- who tried to find love on the VH1 celebreality series What Chilli Wants -- are also acting as producers on a TLC biopic VH1 is filming for 2013.
The flick will likely cover her own personal dramas, including the death of Lopes, her relationship with music producer Dallas Austin (who's the father of her son Tron) and her relationship with Usher.
As for the new album and tour, no release date has been set yet, but Watkins says she and Thomas have started recording the CD, which would mark the 20th anniversary of TLC's 1992 debut album Ooooooohhh.... On the TLC Tip.
The album sold more than four million copies and included hits "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg," "What About Your Friends" and "Baby Baby Baby."