"I wanted people to be able to see me as me, not just as that girl from Destiny's Child. I wanted them to see someone who has gone through a lot of real life experiences and is so happy and so blessed. I wanted people to really see a side of me that they may not know." Kelly Rowland
One-third of the popular female group Destiny's Child, Kelly Rowland rose to fame with the success of the group. In 1997, together with DC, Rowland launched the multi-platinum single "No, No, No" and subsequently released the platinum self-titled debut album in 1998.
1999's The Writing's on the Wall, whose three hit singles "Jumpin', Jumpin'," "Say My Name" and "Bills, Bills, Bills," gained platinum certification in the U.S and sold more than 10 million copies internationally. Additionally, Destiny's Child won their first Grammy with the song "Say My Name." In 2001, their third album, titled Survivor, hit the music shelves and also went platinum. With the hit track "Bootylicious," the trio won their second Grammy as well as Billboard, American Music and Soul Train awards in the following year.
In 2002, Kelly Rowland made a name for herself with the hit single "Dilemma" featuring superstar rapper Nelly. It soon achieved the number 1 position on both the U.S and U.K singles charts. Moreover, Rowland won a Grammy and received nominations for Record of the Year and for Music Video at the Soul Train Music Awards. She followed it up with the release of her debut album Simply Deep, which was eventually certified gold and topped the U.K LP chart.
Kelly Rowland was listed 29th in the Singles Artist of the Year list in 2002 and the 87th Singles Artist of the Year in 2003. As for her private life, the R&B beauty, and Pro Bowl Safety 'Roy Williams' of the Dallas Cowboys announced their engagement on May 10, 2004, after dating for six months. However, the couple parted ways a year later.
Being asked about the rumor, she said, "The wedding's off! I'm not telling (if I gave the ring back). And before you ask, there's no one new. It has it's up and downs being single. But I never will again (talk about my boyfriends). I get it now - the next time I fall in love, I'm just going to shut up."
Rowland and the members of "Destiny Child" announced that they would be splitting up after their tour ends in the fall.
Whitney Houston's Aficionado
Childhood and Family:
Atlanta, Georgia native musician and actress Kelendria Trene Rowland, who would later be famous as Kelly Rowland, was born on February 11, 1981. She spent most of her childhood in Atlanta until the family moved to Houston, Texas, where she attended Lamar High School.
"I used to drive my mommy up the wall trying to listen out for Whitney! I remember getting her first album as the first record I ever owned. I played it every day." Kelly Rowland
Kelly Rowland demonstrated a knack for singing when she was just a little girl. At age four, motivated by Whitney Houston, Kelly started singing in the choir of her church. When the family relocated to Houston, Texas, Kelly's mounting interest in music bloomed. She joined Beyonce, LaTavia Robertson and LeToya Luckett to perform on Star Search in 1992. By the mid 1990s, they formed a female group named Destiny's Child. In 2001, LaTavia Robertson and LeToya Luckett unexpectedly departed from the group, but Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin soon replaced them. Five months later, Franklin left the group, hence making the Destiny Child trio. With the group, Kelly experienced huge success as well as gained worldwide exposure.
Additionally, Kelly made a name for herself when she debuted with her solo album and added acting to her endeavors. 5' 8" inch tall Kelly no longer lives with fellow band member Beyonce. She currently has her own house in Sugar Land, Texas.
"We wanted our solo albums (each member of DC is working on individual projects) to be different from Destiny's Child so that people wouldn't compare them to the group's work. The albums are an opportunity for people to get to know our personalities. In my case, I'm sure that most of my fans didn't realize how much I have always loved rock. In fact, when I first went into the studio and told the producers I wanted a mixture of Sade with really edgy rock, they looked at me like I was crazy! And honestly, about halfway through the recording process even I was wondering if you could mix off those influences together. But it all worked out wonderfully." Kelly Rowland
Discovering her interest lay with singing when she was just four, the big fan of Whitney Houston, Kelly Rowland, began singing with a church choir in her hometown. After the family's relocation to Houston, Rowland's early interest of music paid off when she was teamed with Beyonce, LaTavia Robertson and LeToya Luckett to perform on Star Search in 1992. By the mid 1990s, under the guidance of Beyonce's father (manager Matthew Knowles), the quartet formed Destiny's Child.
With the group, Rowland launched their first smash single "No, No, No" in 1997, which was certified multi platinum, and the platinum self-titled album followed in 1998. Within the busy time touring, the youthful group gained worldwide fame with the release of 1999's The Writing's on the Wall. The album spawned three hit singles: "Jumpin', Jumpin'," "Say My Name" and "Bills, Bills, Bills," went platinum in the United States and sold more than 10 million copies internationally.
LaTavia Robertson and LeToya Luckett ended out leaving the group but Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin quickly replaced them. However, the new quartet became a trio as soon as Farrah Franklin departed. In 2001, through the hugely success of their album, the new Destiny's Child won a Grammy for Best R&B Song and Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group for "Say My Name."
That same year, Rowland and the group released their third album, Survivor (2001). Followed the great success of their second album, it also gained platinum certification, won another Grammy in 2002, as well as Billboard, American Music and Soul Train awards with the hit track "Bootylicious."
After the release of DC's Christmas album, Kelly Rowland tried her hand at solo projects. The hit single "Dilemma," a duet with superstar rapper Nelly, hit the Top 10 and quickly peaked at No. 1 by the end of August 2002, staying there for 7 weeks. It also topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for 10 weeks, the Hot 100 Airplay chart for 12 weeks, the Rap Singles chart for 10 weeks, the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for 9 weeks, and the R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for 9 weeks. In September, the infectious track reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top 40 Tracks chart for 7 weeks. In 2003, Rowland took home a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration ("Dilemma" with Nelly) as well as received nominations for Record of the Year and for Music Video at the Soul Train Music Awards.
Following the victory of her infectious single, Rowland launched her debut album Simply Deep on October 2002. The first single from the album, "Stolen," was written and produced by Dane Deviller, Sean Hosein and Steve Kipner. As soon as the single hit the music shelves, it hit the Top 40 solo and the Top 10 solo charts. The single also peaked at number 2 in Australia and gained platinum certification.
"The song is amazing! Solange is so talented and she's so professional in the studio and the sessions were so much fun and so calm. Honestly, I thought it would be weird to work with her because she's like my little sister, but it was magic." Kelly Rowland
The younger sister of Rowland's DC co-star Beyonce, Solonge, wrote the album's title track "Simple Deep" for Rowland, while in "(Love Lives In) Strange Places," "Heaven," and "Make U Wanna Stay" were co-written and sung by Rowland.
Adding to her triumphs, the album was finally certified gold in Australia, reached number 5 and topped the UK LP chart in February 2003.
"Acting is great! It's wonderful to have this opportunity. It's a dream come true." Kelly Rowland
Rowland branched out to acting when she guest-starring in the sitcom The Hughleys (2002, played the character of Carly). In 2003, she made her silver screen debut when she was cast as Kia Waterson in the horror blockbuster Freddy Vs. Jason. The following year, Rowland was seen as Jhnelle, a celebrity who falls for an aspiring lawyer in the family film, Tisha Campbell Martin's The Seat Filler (2004, starring Duane Martin).
- Grammy: Best Rap/Sung Collaboration, "Dilemma" (with Nelly), 2003
- Grammy: "Bootylicious" (with Destiny's Child), 2002
- Billboard: "Bootylicious" (with Destiny's Child), 2002
- American Music: "Bootylicious" (with Destiny's Child), 2002
- Soul Train: "Bootylicious" (with Destiny's Child), 2002