Kelly Rowland

Kelly Rowland
Kelly Rowland 11, 2012.jpg
Rowland in April 2012
Kelendria Trene Rowland

(1981-02-11) February 11, 1981 (age 37)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • actress
  • television personality
Years active1997–present
Tim Weatherspoon (m. 2014)
Musical career
Associated acts

Kelendria Trene Rowland (born February 11, 1981)[1] 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[2] and included the number-one single "Dilemma" with Nelly, as well as the UK top-ten singles "Stole" and "Can't Nobody". Rowland also ventured into acting, with guest appearances in television shows and starring roles in successful films, Freddy vs. Jason (2003) and The Seat Filler (2005).

Following the disbandment of Destiny's Child in 2006, she released her second album Ms. Kelly (2007), which produced the international hits "Like This" and "Work". In 2009, Rowland hosted 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 the 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. Following the release of Rowland's fourth album Talk a Good Game (2013), she married her manager, Tim Weatherspoon, and gave birth to their son, Titan Jewell Weatherspoon, in 2014. Since then, Rowland has continued her television career by hosting Chasing Destiny in 2016 and starring as a coach on The Voice Australia since 2017.

Throughout her career, Rowland has sold over 30 million records as a solo artist,[3] and a further 60 million records with Destiny's Child.[4] Her work has earned her several awards and nominations, including four Grammy Awards, one Billboard Music Awards, and two Soul Train Music Awards. Rowland has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as part of 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.[5]

Early life

Kelendria Trene Rowland was born on February 11, 1981, in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the daughter of Doris Rowland Garrison (December 6, 1947 – December 2, 2014)[6][7] and Christopher Lovett. Kelly has an older brother named Orlando. When she was six, her mother left her father, who was an abusive alcoholic, and Rowland went with her. [8] At the age of eight, she relocated to Houston.[9] In 1992, Rowland joined a girl group,[10] originally named Girl's Tyme.[11] Rowland's addition made it a six-member group. 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.[12] As part of efforts to sign Girl's Tyme to a major label record deal, Frager's strategy was to debut them on Star Search,[13] the biggest talent show on national TV at that time.[12] They participated, but lost the competition to Skeleton Crew[14].[15][16]

In 1995, Rowland moved in with fellow Destiny's Child member and best friend Beyoncé's family.[17] Not long after the inclusion of Rowland, Beyoncé's father, Mathew, cut the original lineup from six to four with LeToya Luckett joining in 1993.[12] The group continued performing as an opening act for other established R&B groups of the time, such as SWV, Dru Hill and Immature.[18] They auditioned before record labels and were finally signed to Elektra Records, only to be dropped months later, before they could release an album.[19]

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