She then signed with Du Bose Music Group in 2011 and quietly released a five-track EP, “Simply Tweet,” in 2013. I’ve been through different labels and situations, but e One felt like the right place and the right time. They believed in me as an artist and they were fans. When someone knows you as an artist and knows your struggles and everything it makes it more personal. One time I listened to the radio for a good 30 minutes and it was the same track, every track. So I decided to just stick to me and put out some good soul music. People sending me tweets, saying they wanted me back, that kept me. It told me maybe I made a difference in someone’s life and I shouldn’t stop. You spent a great deal of time away from the spotlight.

Her smile was wide as she played stirring, soulful tracks such as "Priceless," "Neva Shouda Left Ya" and a new single, "Magic," that recalled her stellar 2002 debut. I couldn’t hit anymore rock bottom than I already did. I focused on being grandma, mom, daughter, best friend -- just living. You know Missy and I, we have a lot of records in the vault -- we could just sit and play so many records that people haven’t heard.

After a number of setbacks in her personal and professional life, the songstress, born Charlene Keys, said she found herself at “rock bottom.”“I was at my wits' end. I wouldn't be here today if I hadn’t made that choice to go back and rededicate myself. I was still writing and doing shows, but just not in the mainstream. But the song on this album, [“Somebody Else Will”], is so special because we’re both back to give something to the people.

I was drinking every day, smoking three packs of cigarettes. That’s when my blessings started coming -- hit or miss, with different labels. You worked with the same crew from your first two albums. I really just want people to be reminded that there are artists out there still wanting to put out good music.

In 2002, Tweet's debut single, a hypnotic, Timbaland-produced affirmation of self-love titled “Oops (Oh My),” topped the R&B chart and became a Top 10 hit on the pop chart.

Her debut album, “Southern Hummingbird,” which she oversaw with Elliott and Timbaland, was a smash too, bowing at No. She was an in-demand collaborator too, working on albums from Whitney Houston, Madonna, Meshell Ndegeocello, Monica and Mark Ronson. Her label merged with Atlantic Records, and the singer’s follow-up, 2005’s “It’s Me Again,” leaned more on hip-hop beats than the rootsy soul that established her (“I compromised too much,” she said). I was in a relationship and the guy had a baby on me.

The album failed to replicate the success of her debut, and Keys spiraled into a deep depression. In 2007, she signed with Jheryl Busby’s Umbrella Records in 2007, but sadly, the executive died a year later while they were working on her album. Let’s go to different genres again, everything is so meshed together. It was like, come on, this can’t be life,” Keys admitted while sharing the spiritual journey that led her back to recording and yielded her third album (due Friday). R&B is much different than when you last released an album. The story was much different in the early aughts, however, when the Rochester, N. Keys started her career as a member of the girl group Sugah, a trio that never released an album but was a part of the R&B/hip-hop collective Swing Mob, which was founded by Jodeci mastermind De Vante Swing and would birth stars such as Ginuwine, Timbaland and Missy Elliott. A close friendship with Elliott led to Keys contributing backing vocals to 2001’s “Miss E... I was drinking every day, smoking three packs of cigarettes. So Addictive” and a record deal with Elektra under Elliott’s tutelage.