This was released as the second single from R Kelly's 11th album Write Me Back. The long player was written and produced primarily by Kelly as the follow-up to his 2010 set Love Letter and it expands on that release's Philadelphia soul and funk influences. The song was released to digital music services on May 29, 2012.
Kelly penned this song after breaking up with a girl. He explained the song's meaning on Radio One Miami's Russ Parr Morning Show: "'Feelin' Single' is about a good feelin'," said Kellz. "It's not so bad to feel single. Single has its up points. You get to go out, you get to mingle. You ain't gotta worry about callin' or checkin' in with no goddamn body. You can take as many drinks as you want with your friends - you can do certain things when you're single."
The song samples Bill Withers' 1977 hit "Lovely Day," on which the American soul singer-songwriter holds a note for 18 seconds. It is thought to be the longest held vocal note on any hit song.
David Bowie's "Space Oddity" tells the story of an astronaut who cuts off communication and floats into space. The BBC used it extensively in their coverage of the 1969 moon landing - an odd choice considering the lyrics.