- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 27, 2017

In a recent Billboard interview, pop musician Willa Ford chalked up the demise of her once-prominent music career to the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Ms. Ford, 36, remains best known for “I Wanna Be Bad,” her Auto-Tuned hit song which topped out at #22 on the Billboard Hot 100 on Aug. 4, 2001. The sultry blonde singer/dancer was much in the Britney Spears vein of pop music.

Asked by Billboard why she left the music industry, Ms. Ford blamed a “perfect storm” of events, including an ill-fated release date that September.

“That’s the question I get on the daily, literally. It was the perfect storm,” she told Billboard. “A lot of people don’t realize this, but my second single was released on September 11, 2001. Everything that happened that day froze; the world stood still, as it should have. My second single didn’t do well because anything that launched that day kind of got canned. I know that sounds silly, but on radio they slate things, but it really fell to the wayside.”

Ms. Ford explained that record company turmoil and developments in her personal life were other elements that blew her once seemingly promising music career out to sea.

“The record company I was with at the time got acquired by another record company, and the president of our record company left the company. So, I ended up in no man’s land,” she said. “At that time, my sister had a baby, and I felt like this pop machine had taken me and put me in the wash cycle and I had been spinning out of control. I wanted some time to refocus myself. I started re-evaluating what I was doing. I was a classical opera singer with musical theory — a real, legit musician. I loved what I was doing — I wrote the songs, but I felt like the authenticity wasn’t there. I knew that it wasn’t going to have the staying power that I wanted it to have. I really took a step back because I felt like I wasn’t doing what I was supposed to be doing at the time. I know that sounds crazy, but it was the perfect storm, and I walked away. It’s really hard when you walk away to go back to it.”

According to her Internet Movie Database profile, Ms. Ford has 16 acting credits to her name since 2002, mostly in B-movie roles and TV series guest spots.

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