Monifah Talks About Gaining Artistic Control Of New Album, Single

After scoring an R&B hit with "I Miss You (Come Back Home)" off her 1996 debut album, singer-songwriter Monifah has returned to the charts in a big way with "Touch It," the first single off her new sophomore album, "Mo'hogany."

Monifah, who got her start as a back-up singer for reggae artist Maxi Priest before being discovered by rapper Heavy D, recently talked with the MTV Radio Network about the new control afforded her on the new record as opposed to Monifah's first album, "Moods ... Moments."

"I did everything I said I was gonna do this time around," Monifah said, "I wrote, I executive-produced this album and I really thank Universal Records for that because they gave me the leeway, and they had the confidence in me to let me do my thing."

"Touch It," which was written and produced by Monifah's up and coming label mate, Jack Knight, is currently at number 11 on "Billboard's" Top 100 singles chart after 12 weeks, and Monifah is hoping to launch her own solo tour early

next year.