(born February 11, 1981)
is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and television personality. Rowland rose to fame in the late 1990s as a member of Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. During their hiatus, Rowland released her debut solo album Simply Deep
(2002), which sold 2.5 million copies worldwide
and produced the number-one single "Dilemma" with Nelly, as well as the international top-ten hit "Stole". Rowland also transitioned into acting, with guest appearances in television sitcoms, and starring roles in Freddy vs. Jason
(2003) and The Seat Filler
Following the disbandment of Destiny's Child in 2005, she released her second album Ms. Kelly
(2007), which included international hits "Like This" and "Work". In 2009, Rowland served as a host on the first season of The Fashion Show
, and was featured on David Guetta's number-one dance hit "When Love Takes Over". The song's global success influenced Rowland to explore dance music on her third album Here I Am
(2011), which spawned the international top-ten hit "Commander" and US R&B/Hip-Hop number-one "Motivation". In 2011, she returned to television as a judge on the eighth season of The X Factor UK
, and in 2013, became a judge on the third and final season of The X Factor USA
. Rowland's fourth album Talk a Good Game
(2013), which saw a return to her "R&B roots",
was released to positive reviews.
Throughout a career spanning 19 years, Rowland has sold over 27 million records as a solo artist
and 60 million records with Destiny's Child.
Her work has earned her several awards and nominations, including four Grammy Awards, two Billboard Music Awards and two Soul Train Music Awards. Rowland has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with Destiny's Child, and as a solo artist she has been honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers and Essence
for her contributions to music. In 2014, Fuse ranked Rowland in their "100 Most Award-Winning Artists" list at number 20.
She currently hosts BET's Chasing Destiny with Frank Gatson Jr.
nnKelendria Trene Rowland was born on February 11, 1981, in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the daughter of Doris Rowland (née Garrison; December 6, 1947 – December 2, 2014)
and Christopher Lovett Rowland and has an older brother named Orlando. When she was seven, her mother took her and left her father, who was an abusive alcoholic.
At the age of eight, she relocated to Houston.
Rowland was placed into a girl group, along with Beyoncé and friend LaTavia Roberson.
Originally named Girl's Tyme in 1992,
they were eventually cut down to six members.
West coast R&B producer, Arne Frager, flew to Houston to see them and eventually brought them to his studio, The Plant Recording Studio, in Northern California.
As part of efforts to sign Girl's Tyme to a major label record deal, Frager's strategy was to debut them in Star Search
the biggest talent show on national TV at that time.
They participated, but lost the competition.
To manage the group, Mathew Knowles, Beyoncé's father, resigned in 1995 from his job as a medical-equipment salesman.
He dedicated his time and established a "boot camp" for their training.
At this time Rowland moved in with the Knowles's.
Not long after the inclusion of Rowland, Mathew cut the original lineup to four with LeToya Luckett joining in 1993.
Rehearsing in Tina Knowles' hairstyling salon and their backyards,
the group continued performing as an opening act for other established R&B girl groups of the time.
They auditioned before record labels and were finally signed to Elektra Records, only to be dropped months later, before they could release an album.
1997–2001: Destiny's Child
nnTaken from a passage in the Biblical Book of Isaiah, the group changed their name to Destiny's Child in 1993.
Together, they performed in local events and, after four years on the road, the group was signed to Columbia Records in late 1997. That same year, Destiny's Child recorded their major label debut song "Killing Time", for the soundtrack to the 1997 film, Men in Black
The following year, the group released their self-titled debut album, spawning hits such as "No, No, No".
The album established the group as a viable act in the music industry, amassing moderate sales and winning the group three Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards.
The group rose to fame after releasing their multi-platinum second album The Writing's on the Wall
The album featured some of the group's most widely known songs such as "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Jumpin' Jumpin'" and "Say My Name", which became their most-successful song at the time, and would remain as one of their signature songs. "Say My Name" won Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best R&B Song at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards.
The Writing's on the Wall
sold more than 15 million copies worldwide,
essentially becoming their breakthrough album.
thumb|right| Child performing their 2000 hit "Say My Name" during their farewell concert tour, Destiny Fulfilled ... And Lovin' It
]Along with their commercial successes, the group became entangled in much-publicized turmoil involving the filing of a lawsuit by Luckett and Roberson for breach of contract. The issue was heightened after Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin appeared in the video of "Say My Name", implying that Luckett and Roberson had already been replaced.
Eventually, Luckett and Roberson left the group. Franklin would eventually fade from the group after five months,
as evidenced by her absences during promotional appearances and concerts. She attributed her departure to negative vibes in the group resulting from the departure.
After settling on their final lineup, the trio recorded "Independent Women Part I", which appeared on the soundtrack to the 2000 film, Charlie's Angels
. It became their best-charting single, topping the Billboard
Hot 100 for eleven consecutive weeks.
The success cemented the new lineup and skyrocketed them to fame.
Later that year, Luckett and Roberson withdrew their case against their now-former band mates, while maintaining the suit against Mathew, which ended in both sides agreeing to stop public disparaging.
Later that year, while Destiny's Child was completing their third album Survivor
, Rowland appeared on the remix of Avant's single "Separated". Survivor
, which channeled the turmoil the band underwent, spawned its lead single of the same name, which was a response to the experience.
The song went on to win a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.
The themes of "Survivor", however, caused Luckett and Roberson to refile their lawsuit;
the proceedings were eventually settled in June 2002.
Meanwhile, the album was released in May 2001, debuting at number one on the US Billboard
200 with first-week sales of 663,000 copies sold.
To date, Survivor
has sold over twelve million copies worldwide, over forty percent of which were sold in the US alone.
The album also spawned the number-one hit "Bootylicious". After releasing their remix album This Is the Remix
in 2002, the group announced their temporary break-up to pursue solo projects.
2002–06: Simply Deep and acting career debut
nn150px|left|thumb|Rowland in May 2003In 2002, Rowland was featured on Nelly's single "Dilemma", which won the pair a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
The song became one of the most successful singles of the year, topping many charts worldwide including the United States, where it became Rowland's first number-one single as a solo artist, selling worldwide over 7,6 million copies.
[ (in Italian)]
Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian
wrote that because of the song's success, "Rowland is no longer a mere backing vocalist for Beyoncé".
Rowland's debut solo album, Simply Deep
, was released on October 22, 2002 in the US. Featuring production contributions by Mark J. Feist, Big Bert, Rich Harrison, and singers Brandy and Solange Knowles providing background vocals, the album took Rowland's solo work further into an alternative music mixture, which Rowland described as a "weird fusion 
a little bit of Sade and a little bit of rock."
debuted at number 12 on the Billboard
200 and at number three on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, with first-week sales of 77,000 copies sold.
It was eventually certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
As of 2013, Simply Deep
remains as Rowland's best-selling album in the US, with 602,000 copies sold.
Released to an even bigger success in international territories, the album topped the UK Albums Chart and became a gold-seller in Australia,
and New Zealand,
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resulting in worldwide sales total of 2.5 million copies.
yielded the international top-ten single "Stole" and the UK top-five single "Can't Nobody".
Rowland transitioned into acting in 2002, playing the recurring role of Carly in the fourth season of UPN sitcom The Hughleys
She continued her acting career the following year, with guest roles in UPN sitcom Eve
as Cleo, and in NBC drama series American Dreams
as Martha Reeves.
In August 2003, Rowland made her big screen debut playing the supporting role of Kia Waterson alongside Robert Englund and Monica Keena in the slasher film, Freddy vs. Jason
, which grossed $114.5 million at the box office worldwide.
In July 2005, Rowland starred opposite Duane Martin and Shemar Moore in the romantic comedy The Seat Filler
, which grossed $17.9 million worldwide.
She played Jhnelle, a pop star who falls for an awards-show seat filler whom she mistakes for a high-profile entertainment attorney.
After a three-year hiatus that involved concentration on individual solo projects, Rowland rejoined Beyoncé and Michelle Williams for Destiny's Child's final studio album Destiny Fulfilled
, released on November 15, 2004.
The album hit number two on the Billboard
200, and spawned the top-five singles "Lose My Breath" and "Soldier", which features T.I. and Lil Wayne.
The following year, Destiny's Child embarked on a worldwide concert tour, Destiny Fulfilled ... And Lovin' It. During the last stop of the European tour in Barcelona, Spain on June 11, Rowland announced that they would disband following the North American leg of the tour.
Destiny's Child released their first compilation album Number 1's
on October 25 in the US, which peaked at number one on the Billboard
200. On March 28, 2006, Destiny's Child accepted a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
nnRowland has cited Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson as her biggest musical influences.
She stated that Houston "was the woman that inspired me to sing".
Rowland is also inspired by Sade Adu and says that "she has a style that's totally her own".
Her other inspirations include Destiny's Child,
Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Mary J. Blige,
and Oprah Winfrey, whom she describes as "the female version of God".
Rowland has discussed how living in Miami has influenced her style, growth, and music.
From a fashion perspective, Rowland credits her grandmother, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, and Oprah Winfrey as her style icons.
Rowland cited Houston, Beyoncé, and Brandy Norwood as vocal inspirations for her second solo album Ms. Kelly
, "I love how different they are. I love how they take themselves to the next level".
Her third solo album Here I Am
was inspired by Donna Summer and Diana Ross, as well as dance producers David Guetta and will.i.am.
Rowland's fourth solo album Talk a Good Game
was also inspired by Houston, Marvin Gaye, and Stevie Wonder.
nnAfter Destiny's Child disbanded, Rowland has always been compared by the media to her former groupmate Beyoncé.
After the international success of her singles "Dilemma" and "Stole" and of her debut album Simply Deep
, music critics wrote of Rowland as an emancipated and different artist from Beyoncé, that has established herself as a solo singer and songwriter.
Over the years, the media have speculated about a feud between the two and have often referred to Rowland as living in Beyoncé's shadow.
In an interview with omg! Insider
, Rowland commented on the feud rumors stating, "I think the people wanted those stories for years and that's just so sad on them because it's not like that".
She also commented on her relationship with Beyoncé stating, "I love my sister and she is so incredibly supportive. One of the closest people to me. I love her to death".
Rowland expressed her envy of Beyoncé's solo success in the lyrics to "Dirty Laundry": "When my sister was on stage, killing it like a motherfucker, I was in rage, feeling it like a motherfucker. Bird in a cage, you'd never know what I was dealing with. Went our separate ways but I was happy she was killin' it. Bittersweet, she was up, I was down. No lie, I feel good for her but what do I do now?".
The song garnered widespread media attention upon its release.
Rowland stated that there was a time in her life when she struggled about being dark-skinned.
Beyoncé's mother Tina Knowles would eventually help Rowland embrace her skin color.
In October 2007, Rowland underwent plastic surgery to receive breast implants. She stated, "I simply went from an A-cup to a B-cup"
and that "the decision was 10 years in the making".
In 2012, Rowland ranked at number 61 on Complex
magazine's list of "The 100 Hottest Female Singers of All Time"
and was recognized as one of the best-dressed women by Glamour UK
In April 2013, Rowland ranked seventh on People'
s Most Beautiful in the World list.
- Simply Deep (2002)n
- Ms. Kelly (2007)n
- Here I Am (2011)n
- Talk a Good Game (2013)nn
- Freddy vs. Jason (2003)n
- The Seat Filler (2005)n
- Think Like a Man (2012)nn
- 2003: Simply Deeper Tourn
- 2007: Ms. Kelly Tourn
- 2013: Lights Out Tour (Co-headlined with The-Dream)nn
- 2010: Supafest (Australia)n
- 2011: F.A.M.E. Tour (North America)n
- 2012: Supafest (Australia)nn
- List of awards and nominations received by Kelly Rowlandn
- List of best-selling singlesn
- List of artists by number of UK Singles Chart number onesnn
Kelly Rowland1981 births20th-century American singers21st-century American actresses21st-century American singersActresses from Atlanta, GeorgiaActresses from Houston, TexasAfrican-American actressesAfrican-American ChristiansAfrican-American female dancersAfrican-American female singer-songwritersAfrican-American MethodistsAfrican-American television personalitiesAmerican child singersAmerican dance musiciansAmerican female dancersAmerican female pop singersAmerican female singer-songwritersAmerican film actressesAmerican hip hop singersAmerican mezzo-sopranosAmerican philanthropistsAmerican rhythm and blues singer-songwritersBBC Radio 1Xtra presentersDestiny's Child membersEverybody Dance NowGrammy Award winnersLamar High School alumniLiving peopleMusicians from Atlanta, GeorgiaSingers from TexasParticipants in American reality television seriesThe X Factor judgesThe X Factor The X Factor African-American feministsFeminist musiciansChristian feministsSingers with a three-octave vocal rangeSource: Wikipedia
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