Here I Am is the third studio album by American recording artist Kelly Rowland, released through Universal Republic (Universal Music) from July 22, 2011. The ten-song set (fourteen on the deluxe edition) is Rowland's first album since parting ways with Matthew Knowles — as her manager — and leaving long time label Columbia Records. Here I Am is predominately a R&B and pop music album with subtle influences of dance music. It follows Rowland's assertion that "no one puts her in a box" and common themes include lyrics about womanhood and sexual intimacy.
Originally scheduled for release in 2010, the album was pushed back after a number of singles were released to mixed success. "Commander" (2010) produced by and featuring David Guetta topped international and US dance charts, becoming a top-ten hit in the UK and some of Europe. Three other singles: "Forever and a Day", "Grown Woman", and "Rose Colored Glasses" all had limited commercial success and are thus excluded from some versions of the album. An alternative version of the album featuring more dance and up-tempo tracks will be released in some territories, in the second half of 2011.
In the US an alternative single featuring Lil Wayne, titled "Motivation", precedes the album. It topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart as well as peaking in the top-twenty of the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Rowland's highest-charting single. Here I Am features guest performances from Lil Wayne, David Guetta, Nelly, Rico Love, Lil Playy, The WAV.s and Big Sean while production was handled by the likes of Rodney Jerkins, Guetta, Jim Jonsin, Hit-boy, RedOne and The Runners. Love wrote half of the songs on the album, while Rowland earns writing credits for three of the songs.