ARTIST PROFILE

Kelly Rowland

Name: Kelly Rowland

Birthday: February 11, 1981

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Kelendria Trene “Kelly” Rowland (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

Kelendria Trene Rowland was born on February 11, 1981, in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the daughter of Doris Rowland nd Christopher Lovett Rowland. Kelly 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.

Taken from a passage in the Biblical Book of Isaiah, the group changed their name to Destiny’s Child in 1993.[20] 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 in 1999

n 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. 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 [of] a little bit of Sade and a little bit of rock.”

In 2010, Kelly Rowland launched I Heart My Girlfriends, a charity that focuses on self-esteem, date violence prevention, community service, abstinence, sports, drugs and alcohol and smoking avoidance, obesity, disabilities, and education.

In April 2010, Rowland toured Australia alongside Akon, Pitbull, Sean Paul, Jay Sean, and Eve for the Australian urban festival, Supafest. Later that month, her song “Everywhere You Go”, featuring an all-star supergroup of international artists called Rhythm of Africa United, was released as the MTN theme song for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa

In August 2015, she was featured on Jacob Whitesides’s single “I Know What You Did Last Summer”. Rowland is part of the recurring cast of the second season of the American drama television series Empire. She played Leah Walker, Lucious Lyon’s mother, in flashbacks and starred in five episodes. She recorded a song for the show called “Mona Lisa” which included on the EP Empire: Music from “Be True”, released on October 21, 2015.

On October 26, 2015, Rowland released a new song titled “Dumb” which will appear on her fifth album, set for a 2016 release. Rowland says that she’s been hard at work in the studio and will release new music in 2016, is shooting a music video, and has recorded 45 songs for her new album.

Rowland along with other female artists such as Missy Elliot, Kelly Clarkson, Zendaya, Janelle Monáe, Lea Michele and newcomers Chloe & Halle, all feature on a charity single put together by US First Lady Michelle Obama. This Is For My Girls was written by Diane Warren and was released on March 15.

The song was created to raise funds and awareness towards Obama’s Let Girls Learn initiative aimed at boosting education rates amongst adolescent girls around the world who are denied the right to an education The iTunes-exclusive record will be used to both coincide with Obama’s Texan SXSW speech and to promote the First Lady’s third-world educational initialtive “Let Girls Learn”.

On April 5, 2016 Rowland stepped into her “music-mogul shoes” for the debut of Chasing Destiny. Partnering with BET, Rowland began the search to find the next superstars for an all female group. As stated by Rowland herself, she’s not looking for reality stars, but she’s looking for stars. The show also stars Frank Gatson Jr.. The group released its first single in June 2016 titled “All of Us”.

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