Kelly Rowland


Kelendria Trene "Kelly" Rowland was born in Atlanta, Georgia in 1981, though she moved to Houston, Texas with her mother soon after her birth. In Houston Kelly developed a love for singing, and alongside childhood friend Beyonce Knowles created the award-winning R&B group Destiny's Child. Though Destiny's Child formed in the early 1990's and became regionally famous opening for artists like Dru Hill and Immature, they didn't receive nationwide attention until 1997 when they signed a record deal with major label Columbia Records.

Though the membership of Destiny's Child fluctuated throughout their career, the trio of Kelly, Beyonce, and Michelle Williams were the group's most solid lineup. Destiny's Child released four albums before disbanding in 2001, and though the group is currently on hiatus they continue to periodically perform together for philanthropy events and mini-reunions. Some of Destiny's Child's most famous songs include "Jumpin', Jumpin'", "Bills, Bills, Bills", and "Emotion". After the dissolution of Destiny's Child Kelly initiated a solo project, releasing her first album Simply Deep on Columbia in 2002.

Simply Deep went on to be a moderate success, reaching the #12 spot on the US Billboard 200 chart. Featuring a faster, more dance-oriented sound that still retained elements of soul and R&B present in her earlier work with Destiny's Child, Simply Deep spawned four catchy singles: "Dilemma", "Stole", "Can't Nobody", and "Train on a Track".

Though she began working on her second album Ms. Kelly in 2004 the album was delayed for a time as Kelly went on pursue a career as an actress, getting parts in 2003's horror flick Freddy Vs. Jason and the 2004 independent film The SeatFiller. She finally released Ms. Kelly in 2007 after reworking the album to feature a more expressive, mature tone. Based on the success of Ms. Kelly and its singles "Like This", "Ghetto", and "Work", Kelly Rowland plans to release her third solo album sometime in 2009.

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Pop R&B singer and actress. Born February 11, 1981 in Atlanta,GA.Began her career as one third of the R&B group Destiny's Child. Her first solo LP was released in 2002 entitled "Simply Deep". Rowland enjoyed massive worldwide success alongside rapper Nelly on the track "Dilemma" which topped the charts in numerous regions.Due to her success as a solo artist , Columbia granted her the chance to produce another solo album which was released in 2007. She gathered further success by leaving the States and doing a venture with electro-pop producer David Guetta.

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Kelendria Trene Rowland (born February 11, 1981) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, and five-time Grammy award winner who rose to fame as one of the founding members of the very successful R&B girl group Destiny's Child. After a series of commercially successful releases with the group and a worldwide number-one success with rapper Nelly and their Grammy-winning single "Dilemma", Rowland released her debut solo album Simply Deep in 2002.

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Kelly Rowland (born Kelendria Trene Rowland on February 11, 1981) is an American recording artist, songwriter, dancer, actress and television personality. Born in Atlanta, Georgia and raised in Houston, Texas, Rowland rose to fame as one of the founding members of Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time, who have sold 50 million records worldwide. As of November 2012, Rowland, as a solo artist, has sold over 24 million records worldwide. Her work has earned her several achievements, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with Destiny's Child, four Grammy Awards, two Billboard Music Awards, and a Soul Train Music Award. Rowland has been honored by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Essence magazine for her contributions to music.

During the hiatus of Destiny's Child, Rowland released her debut solo album Simply Deep in 2002, which produced her joint worldwide number-one single "Dilemma" with rapper Nelly, and the international top-ten hit "Stole". The album topped the UK Albums Chart and sold more than 2.5 million copies worldwide. Following the group's disbandment in 2005, Rowland released her second solo effort Ms. Kelly in 2007 and despite being less successful than its predecessor, it included the international top-ten singles "Like This" and "Work". Rowland scored her second worldwide number-one hit in 2009, as a featured artist on French DJ David Guetta's single "When Love Takes Over", and two years later she collaborated with Italian DJ Alex Gaudino on the international top-ten single "What a Feeling". Both songs are included in the international edition of her third album Here I Am (2011), which topped the US R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart. It also included the international top-ten single "Commander" and the US R&B number-one "Motivation".

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