Beyonce Maps Out Destiny’s Child Schedule: Tour, More Solo LPs, Hit Studio

They may be independent women, but Destiny’s Child can’t stay away from each other for too long.

After spending the year working on solo material and acting projects, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams will reunite in December for a short holiday tour, Beyoncé revealed recently on the set of her upcoming movie “The Fighting Temptations.” The outing will kick off December 5 in Houston and end December 21 in Seattle, according to a Columbia Records spokesperson for the group. Venues and other dates will be announced soon.

The ladies will not gather in the studio, however, until Williams releases her second gospel album next spring.

In the meantime, Beyoncé will finish her first solo project, which was originally due in the fall, but has been pushed back to early February (see “Nelly Hit Forces Change In Plans For Destiny’s Child LPs” ).

“Right now I’m thinking about what producers I’m gonna work with and which direction I’m gonna go with,” Beyoncé said. “I’m still trying to figure out who exactly I want to collaborate with. I actually just did a duet with Luther Vandross … I was so honored to work with him. Every day when I come to the set I listen to the oldies station and they play Luther and then I was like singing in the studio with this man. He’s so great and so nice and I had a great time.”

The Vandross collaboration could also end up on “The Fighting Temptations” soundtrack, which will feature gospel music produced by Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

Beyoncé said both Kelly and Michelle will contribute to the soundtrack, along with Lil’ Zane, Angie Stone and Faith Evans, who appears in the movie.

“The great things about the songs are they’re not preachy,” Beyoncé said. “They don’t sound like the traditional gospel songs, even though we have some really traditional songs. And I’m getting a chance to sing with the O’Jays and with all these people I wouldn’t normally get a chance to sing with … I’ve been doing some funky stuff, some different things.”

When Destiny’s Child do convene to record again, Beyoncé expects the group to sound better than ever.

“All of us individually have grown so much this year,” she explained. “[In a group] you become dependent on your group members, which is great, but when you get to a certain age you need to mature by yourself. And [doing solo projects has] done that. It’s also brought us a lot closer.”

As if her album, movie, the tour and her appearance on Jay-Z’s new ” ’03 Bonnie & Clyde” single weren’t enough, Beyoncé has also lent a hand to her sister Solange on her debut album, due January 21 (see “Solange ‘Feeling’ It With Beyonce, N.O.R.E., Others” ).

Rowland’s Simply Deep, released in late October, featured Solange, but not Beyoncé (see “Kelly Rowland Moves Into ‘Leave It To Beaver’ House” ).