Success: While Solange Knowles basks in the glow of critical and commercial success, she admits her desire to assert control over all aspects of her career has often hindered her popularity

Solange Knowles reflects on her career

The release of third album A Seat at the Table asserted her credentials as a wholly original creative force, a raw talent operating beyond the range of older sister Beyoncé’s far-reaching shadow.

But while Solange Knowles basks in the glow of critical and commercial success – her album topped the US Billboard 200 following its long-awaited release in September 2016 – she admits her desire to assert control over all aspects of her career has often hindered her popularity.

Speaking to Evening Standard magazine, the 31-year old singer, whose oeuvre recently extended to visual art with an exhibition at New York’s Tate Modern, believes her independent spirit has impacted on her progression.

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Success: While Solange Knowles basks in the glow of critical and commercial success, she admits her desire to assert control over all aspects of her career has often hindered her popularity

Success: While Solange Knowles basks in the glow of critical and commercial success, she admits her desire to assert control over all aspects of her career has often hindered her popularity

‘To be honest, owning my body this year was really important to me,’ she explained. ‘That can mean a lot of things.

‘That can be in physical form — wanting to have control over my physical body — and also wanting to have control in the way it is presented to the world.

‘And it isn’t always easy. I often lose opportunities based on my will to want to navigate through that ownership of my body in the most authentic way.

Opening up: Speaking to Evening Standard magazine, the 31-year old singer, whose oeuvre recently extended to visual art with an exhibition at New York¿s Tate Modern, believes her independent spirit has impacted on her progression

Opening up: Speaking to Evening Standard magazine, the 31-year old singer, whose oeuvre recently extended to visual art with an exhibition at New York’s Tate Modern, believes her independent spirit has impacted on her progression

‘And I really kind of attained a lot of that from my mother.’

The singer recorded much of her latest album in New Orleans after relocating to Louisiana from the comparative hustle of New York with music producer husband Alan Ferguson in 2014.

And she admits the city’s relaxed atmosphere, diverse population and uniquely Southern spirit has filtered into her song-writing.

Famous family: The release of third album A Seat at the Table asserted her credentials as a wholly original creative force, a raw talent operating beyond the range of older sister Beyoncé¿s far-reaching shadow

Famous family: The release of third album A Seat at the Table asserted her credentials as a wholly original creative force, a raw talent operating beyond the range of older sister Beyoncé’s far-reaching shadow

‘I think of times growing up when I would hear an aunt, an uncle or great aunt tell a story, taking you through all of the different twists and turns and valleys and rivers of it,’ she added.

‘And as a writer I think that has really kind of influenced my pace. I really kind of take my time through the process.’

The full interview is available in the current issue of Evening Standard magazine.

Happy couple: The singer recorded much of her latest album in New Orleans after relocating to Louisiana from the comparative hustle of New York with music producer husband Alan Ferguson in 2014

Happy couple: The singer recorded much of her latest album in New Orleans after relocating to Louisiana from the comparative hustle of New York with music producer husband Alan Ferguson in 2014

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