Kelly Rowland
Singer, songwriter,actress
Kelly Rowland
Kelendria Trene "Kelly" Rowland is an American recording artist, songwriter, dancer, actress and television personality. She rose to fame as one of the founding members of the American R&B girl group Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. Rowland began her solo career in 2002 with the release of her debut album Simply Deep, which contained influences of alternative-R&B and rock music.
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The Strange Story Of The Time Donald Trump Got To Hold An Oscar
Huffington Post - about 17 hours
The annual Vanity Fair Oscars party is perennially a destination for the A-listers of Hollywood in any given year, and 2005 was no exception. Tom Cruise entered the venue ― the since-closed restaurant Mortons ― through a back entrance after riding over on his black Ducati motorcycle. Beyoncé and Jay Z hung out at a back table with Usher, Gwen Stefani and Mary J. Blige. Tom Brady apparently was the only one wearing a white tie at the party, but GQ remarked he was “proportioned like the Oscar statuette.” Jake Gyllenhaal (with a shaved head presumably for “Jarhead”) made conversation near a wall as his sister, Maggie, posed for a photograph a few feet away. “Everybody you can read about in every single gossip rag is in there!” Destiny Child’s Kelly Rowland told People outside the party. And perhaps surprisingly, many of these “gossip rag” stars from Vanity Fair’s party in 2005 are just as relevant now, if not more so. This is no more true than with Donald Trump, who attended th ...
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Kelly Rowland Reveals Her Husband Knew He Wanted to Marry Her 'by the 1st Date'
ABC News - 24 days
The singer has been married to Tim Witherspoon for two years.
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The Best Hair Tips You Can Steal From Celebrity Stylists
Huffington Post - about 1 month
For Glamour, by Deanna Pai. It’s awards season again. And while La La Land was good and all (or so we’re guessing from those seven Golden Globe wins), we’re also here for the celebrity hairstyles. So far, this year has delivered. Forget the sleek, simple style of years past (or, you know, 2016). With two shows on the circuit now checked off, we’ve already seen a mixed bag of really cool looks. Example A: At the 2017 Golden Globes, Gal Gadot opted for a twisted ponytail, while Reese Witherspoon went with a modern chignon — which is wild, since she tends to play it safe on the red carpet. Example B: Blake Lively’s waves at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards (and, OK, really anywhere.) The brains behind all these looks? The stylists, of course, since it takes more than a pair of scissors to make hair red-carpet-worthy. That’s why this awards season we’re asking top celebrity hairstylists to tell us their go-to red-carpet tricks that don’t require a master’s in glam-squad-ography. ...
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A-Listers Party At The White House Until Morning To Say Goodbye To Barack Obama
Huffington Post - about 2 months
With only two weeks left until Barack and Michelle Obama vacate the White House for good, the first family welcomed a host of celebrity guests on Friday night for a star-studded farewell party.  Aside from an awards show, there haven’t been this many famous people gathered in one room since a casting call for a holiday-themed Garry Marshall romantic comedy.  The White House bash effectively serves as the kickoff to events celebrating President Obama’s time in office, leading up to his final address, which he’ll deliver in Chicago on Jan. 10. Days later, President-elect Donald Trump will call 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. home after his inauguration, for which he’s struggled to find big-name performers.  In contrast, Obama’s farewell party attracted some of the biggest A-listers around. Attendees reportedly included Meryl Streep, George and Amal Clooney, Robert De Niro, Beyoncé and Jay Z, Nick Jonas, Jordin Sparks, David Letterman, Paul McCartney, Kelly Rowland, Olivia Wilde and Jas ...
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Yes, Yes, Yes! Destiny's Child's First Single Came Out 19 Years Ago This Week
Huffington Post - 3 months
It’s hard to remember a time without our savior Beyoncé Knowles and her disciples Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, combining their powers to create Destiny’s Child. But we once existed without them ― a land before time known as “the early to mid-‘90s.”  We won’t dwell on what life was like sans this pop/R&B music group. Instead, we’ll choose to remember the day they came into our lives: Nov. 11, 1997. On this historic day, Destiny’s Child’s first single, “No No No,” hit the airwaves. (Williams was not part of the original group; in her place were members LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett.)  The group took to social media Friday to remember their big day and it’s got us all like “Yes Yes Yes:”  “No, No, No,” the first single by Destiny’s Child ft. @wyclef, was released on this day in 1997! https://t.co/9qZhARov3R — Destiny's Child (@destinyschild) November 11, 2016 “No, No, No,” the first single by Destiny’s Child, was ...
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Hillary Clinton And Her People Did The Mannequin Challenge
Huffington Post - 4 months
Rock star Jon Bon Jovi joined Hillary Clinton on board her campaign jet to take part in the online #MannequinChallenge craze. The “Livin’ on a Prayer” singer posed motionless alongside the Democratic nominee and her aides, as a staffer panned the spookily static scene. See the clip here: Go vote for her pic.twitter.com/VSqC8Qpc6S — Black Beatles (@RaeSremmurd) November 8, 2016 Former president Bill Clinton even made a cheeky appearance. Clinton’s campaign posted the clip to her Twitter account early Tuesday, with the caption: “Don’t stand still. Vote today.” It follows the Saturday posting of a moving video which looked back at how her campaign to become the first female POTUS all started. High school students reportedly started the #MannequinChallenge in October, and it’s since spread across the country and the rest of the world. Singer Adele, the former members of Destiny’s Child ― Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams ― comedian Jam ...
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25 More Celebrities (And Counting) Who Totally Nailed It With Their Halloween Costumes This Year
Huffington Post - 4 months
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'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Is A Noble Misfire
Huffington Post - 4 months
It’s hard to criticize the work of someone who pours their soul into a pioneering piece of art. When Ang Lee introduced the world premiere of “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” at the New York Film Festival on Friday evening, the veteran director was visibly nervous. “Please give this a chance,” he urged. “Have an open mind.” Lee was so earnest that I felt nervous on his behalf. This is his baby! Forgive me, then, if I feel a mild moral dilemma in writing this review. I want so badly for Lee to succeed. He’s arguably today’s most groundbreaking filmmaker, thanks to the international acclaim of “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” the nuances of “Brokeback Mountain” and the nautical visuals of “Life of Pi.” Sadly, “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” is an admirable misfire.  No movie like “Billy Lynn” has ever been made. Stick with this technical jargon for just a minute: Most feature films are shot at 24 frames per second, but Lee made this one at a record-breaking 120. (It was a pol ...
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Review: VH1's Hip-Hop Honors - Vulture
Google News - 8 months
Vulture Review: VH1's Hip-Hop Honors Vulture Last night VH1's Hip-Hop Honors returned to Lincoln Center in Manhattan. The show — once annual but bafflingly absent since 2010 — commemorates its honorees' contribution to hip-hop culture through speeches and performances from peers, successors, ... Watch Kelly Rowland & More Talk How to Move Forward After Police Shootings at VH1 Hip Hop HonorsBillboard Lil' Kim's Adorable Daughter, Royal Reign, 2, Makes Red Carpet Debut at VH1 Hip Hop HonorsUs Weekly Queen Latifah Tackles Modern-Day Racism at 2016 VH1 Hip Hop HonorsMusic Times Papermag -The Root -AOL News -CBS 8 San Diego all 227 news articles »
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From Destiny's Child to music queenmaker: Kelly Rowland has a new handpicked girl group
LATimes - 9 months
When Kelly Rowland at age 11 joined a group of spunky Houston preteens called Girls Tyme, no one could have imagined they’d become one of the biggest girl groups in music history. It happened after the group lost “Star Search” and emerged as the teenage R&B quartet Destiny’s Child in 1997. DC won...
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Face in the Crowd: Kelly Rowland at Chloé
NYTimes - 12 months
The singer talks about Afro-inspired hairstyles on the runway, reality television and her best friend, Beyoncé.
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Destiny's Child Reunites at Kelly Rowland's Birthday Party
ABC News - about 1 year
Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams were briefly back together.
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Watch: Kelly Rowland Reveals What She Learned From Beyonce's Mom
ABC News - about 1 year
The singer dishes on her new music and a surprising new career move.
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Beyonce and Coldplay Set to Rock the Super Bowl Halftime Show
Huffington Post - about 1 year
The Super Bowl is this weekend and the nation is gearing up for the big game! The Panthers are playing the Broncos in what we hope is an exciting game. But, as thrilling as the game is, the halftime show is always a must watch! Coldplay is the headliner, with Super Bowl alums Bruno Mars and Beyoncé also joining in on the festivities. There is usually a lot of build up and speculation as to what will happen during the Super Bowl show after wardrobe malfunctions, left shark and other exciting surprises have kept Super Bowl halftime shows compelling year after year. The Bay Area is home to many bands and performers and it's the 50th anniversary of the Super Bowl, so you never know who will come out of the woodwork to perform. Sage users have voiced their thoughts on what they think will happen during the Super Bowl 50 halftime. Agree or disagree, we can't wait to see what happens! Jay Z will make a surprise appearance during the Super Bowl halftime show. #SuperBowl #halftime: https ...
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Olivia Munn Lip-Syncs To Nelly's 'Dilemma' In Gender-Bending Performance
Huffington Post - about 1 year
We think Channing Tatum's "Let It Go" lip-sync as Elsa from "Frozen" might have spoiled us, because the promo for this week's episode has us feeling a little meh.  Olivia Munn, who is not, we repeat, NOT engaged, and Kevin Hart are next on deck for Spike's "Lip Sync Battle." In the video above, Munn performs Nelly's "Dilemma," which features Kelly Rowland on the R&B classic.  Munn sports Nelly's signature Band-Aid and flat-brimmed hat as she raps along to the verses, but removes both mid-song to capture Rowland's persona. It's a pretty sweet move, we've got to admit. But nothing can touch Tatum.  "Lip Sync Battle" airs on Spike Thursday at 10 p.m. ET. Also on HuffPost: -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Kelly Rowland
    THIRTIES
  • 2016
    Age 35
    On April 5, 2016 Rowland stepped into her "music-mogul shoes" for the debut of Chasing Destiny.
    More Details Hide Details 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".
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Rowland along with other female artists such as Missy Elliot, Kelly Clarkson, Zendaya, Janelle Monae, 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".
  • 2015
    Age 34
    On October 26, 2015, Rowland released a new song titled "Dumb" which will appear on her fifth album, set for a 2016 release.
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    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.
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    In August 2015, she was featured on Jacob Whitesides's single "I Know What You Did Last Summer".
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2014
    Age 33
    On November 4, 2014, Rowland gave birth to her son Titan Jewell Witherspoon.
    More Details Hide Details Rowland's voice is classified as a three-octave lyric mezzo-soprano, and her music includes various styles of musical genres such as contemporary R&B, pop, hip hop, soul, rock and dance. Her debut solo album Simply Deep (2002) followed an adult-alternative rock sound, while her second album Ms. Kelly (2007) featured an urban sound. In an interview with The Independent, Rowland admitted that with her first two albums she struggled to find her sound. "I was in a stage with the first two records where I was searching and I was like, let me try a rock-dance approach, the label management wanted me to try it and I did it And then after that came a more urban approach with Ms. Kelly in 2007." Her third album Here I Am (2011) consisted of a pop and R&B sound, with subtle influences of dance. Rowland stated that meeting David Guetta had influenced her to record dance music. During production of the album, Rowland stated that part of the reason for the new sound on Here I Am was wanting to do something different, saying "I knew I couldn't be afraid of this direction, and I wasn't going to let the thoughts and opinions of others make me afraid to go in this direction".
    They were married in Costa Rica on May 9, 2014, with guests including Beyoncé and her sister Solange Knowles.
    More Details Hide Details On June 10, 2014, Rowland announced via Instagram that she and Witherspoon were expecting their first child.
    Rowland also contributed background vocals to the song "You're My Star", the first single released from Tank's 2014 album Stronger.
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    On July 19, 2014, Rowland was featured on Adrian Marcel's song "Honey" from his mixtape Weak After Next and on Beau Vallis's song "Love Stand Still".
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    The same month, her song "The Game" and its music video appeared on Pepsi's visual album for the 2014 FIFA World Cup titled, Beats of the Beautiful Game.
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    In June 2014, Rowland and Beyoncé were featured on Williams' single "Say Yes".
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    During an interview with HuffPost Live on March 26, 2014, Rowland revealed that she has begun recording her fifth studio album and said the new music, which encompasses horns, drums, and flutes, was influenced by iconic female singers including Diana Ross.
    More Details Hide Details Rowland also announced in the interview that she left Republic Records, adding that she "just needed a fresh, new start."
    In March 2014, she was named a spokesperson for cosmetic company, Caress.
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    In February 2014, Rowland was featured on Joe's single "Love & Sex Part 2".
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  • 2013
    Age 32
    She announced her engagement to Witherspoon during an appearance on The Queen Latifah Show on December 16, 2013.
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    In December 2013, Rowland appeared in Beyoncé's "Grown Woman" music video and alongside Williams in Beyoncé's "Superpower" music video and provided backing vocals on the same track, taken from her self-titled fifth studio album.
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    Later that month, Rowland performed as a supporting headlining act at the RiverFest 2013 in Little Rock, Arkansas.
    More Details Hide Details Rowland embarked on the Lights Out Tour, a co-headlining tour with The-Dream, to promote her fourth studio album Talk a Good Game. Formerly titled Year of the Woman, the album was released on June 18, 2013 in the US. It is Rowland's first release with Republic Records following Universal Music Group's decision to close Universal Motown and Universal Republic, and reviving Motown Records and Republic Records. Talk a Good Game sold 68,000 copies in its first week and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, becoming Rowland's third top-ten album in the US. The album's lead single "Kisses Down Low" was a moderate success on the US R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and was certified gold by RIAA for exceeded 500,000 copies sold. The second and final single "Dirty Laundry" was acclaimed by critics for its lyrical and the emotional honesty.
    In May 2013, it was announced that Rowland would replace Britney Spears as a judge on The X Factor USA for its third and final season, joining Simon Cowell, Demi Lovato and fellow new judge Paulina Rubio.
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    On February 24, 2013, Rowland co-hosted the Academy Awards pre-show for the 85th Academy Awards alongside Kristin Chenoweth, Lara Spencer, Robin Roberts and Jess Cagle.
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    On February 3, 2013, during Beyoncé's performance at the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show, held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Rowland and Michelle Williams joined her on stage to perform "Bootylicious", "Independent Women" and "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)".
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  • 2012
    Age 31
    In August 2012, Rowland became a dance master in the first season of the Australian talent show Everybody Dance Now alongside Jason Derulo.
    More Details Hide Details The show was cancelled after the fourth episode due to poor ratings. In January 2013, Destiny's Child released a compilation album entitled Love Songs, a collection of romance-themed songs from their previous albums and newly recorded song "Nuclear".
    In June 2012, Rowland became the face of popular rum brand Bacardi.
    More Details Hide Details Rowland and German production team Project B reworked the Bacardi song, "Bacardi Feeling (Summer Dreamin')", and released an accompanying music video to help promote the brand.
    In April 2012, Rowland toured Australia alongside Ludacris, Chris Brown, Trey Songz, T-Pain, Ice Cube, Lupe Fiasco, and Big Sean for the urban festival, Supafest.
    More Details Hide Details That same month, she returned to the big screen playing the supporting role of Brenda in the romantic comedy Think Like a Man. The film, which also starred Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, and Kevin Hart, topped the US box office and grossed $91.5 million. Rowland recorded "Need a Reason" with Future and Bei Maejor for the Think Like a Man soundtrack.
    During the Black Women in Music event held on February 8, 2012, Essence magazine honored Rowland and music executive Sylvia Rhone for their contributions to music.
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    Due to a conflicting schedule, Rowland did not return for the ninth series in 2012 and was replaced by Nicole Scherzinger.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 2011
    Age 30
    Rowland and her manager Tim Witherspoon (not to be confused with the former heavyweight boxing champion) reportedly began dating in 2011.
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    Rowland was the face of Diddy's women's fragrance Empress, the female counterpart to his men's fragrance I Am King. She was also the worldwide ambassador for watchmakers company TW Steel. Rowland's second compilation album, Playlist: the Very Best of Kelly Rowland, was released on October 18, 2011, but failed to impact the charts.
    More Details Hide Details She also released her first fitness DVD entitled, Sexy Abs with Kelly Rowland. Later that year, it was confirmed that Rowland would replace Dannii Minogue as a judge for the eighth series of The X Factor UK alongside Louis Walsh, Gary Barlow and Tulisa Contostavlos.
    In April 2011, Rowland appeared on Italian DJ Alex Gaudino's single "What a Feeling", which became another UK top-ten hit.
    More Details Hide Details Originally scheduled for release in 2010, Rowland's third studio album Here I Am was released on July 26, 2011 in the United States. The album sold 77,000 copies in its first week and debuted atop the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Here I Am produced the successful lead single "Commander", which peaked in the top-ten of many charts in Europe, and the UK top-ten single "Down for Whatever". It also included another successful single "Motivation", with Lil Wayne, which topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for seven consecutive weeks and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). "Motivation" won Song of the Year at the 2011 Soul Train Music Awards and Top R&B Song at the 2012 Billboard Music Awards, and received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
    In January 2011, Rowland reunited with Nelly on "Gone", a sequel to their successful 2002 collaboration "Dilemma".
    More Details Hide Details Upon its release, the song failed to reprise the success of "Dilemma".
  • 2010
    Age 29
    Rowland's first compilation album, Work: The Best of Kelly Rowland, was released on October 25, 2010 but failed to impact the charts.
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    In October 2010, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) honored Rowland at the second annual ASCAP Presents Women Behind the Music, an event which recognizes women in all areas of the music industry.
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    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.
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    In April 2010, Rowland toured Australia alongside Akon, Pitbull, Sean Paul, Jay Sean, and Eve for the Australian urban festival, Supafest.
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    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.
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  • 2009
    Age 28
    In May 2009, Rowland was cast to host the first season of Bravo's reality competition series The Fashion Show alongside Isaac Mizrahi, but was replaced by fashion model Iman in the second season.
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    In April 2009, Rowland was featured on David Guetta's single "When Love Takes Over", which topped many charts in Europe, selling over 5,5 million copies worldwide, and received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Dance Recording.
    More Details Hide Details Billboard crowned the song as the number one dance-pop collaboration of all time.
    In January 2009, Rowland ended her professional relationship with Beyoncé's father Mathew Knowles, who had managed her career since she was a member of Destiny's Child.
    More Details Hide Details Knowles stressed that no animosity was involved in the decision and acknowledged that Rowland will always be a part of the Knowles family. Then two months later, Rowland announced that she left Columbia Records, adding that she "felt the need to explore new directions, new challenges, and new freedoms outside my comfort zone." In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Rowland stated that the label ended her contract because Ms. Kelly was not commercially successful. She later signed with Universal Motown Records.
    In 2009, Rowland connected with Serve.MTV.com, MTV's platform to connect young people with local volunteerism opportunities, for a series of on-air PSAs.
    More Details Hide Details From battling homelessness to beautifying impoverished neighborhoods to saving whales, Rowland was joined by the likes of Cameron Diaz, will.i.am, and Sean Kingston as they discuss causes they volunteer to support, and urge young people to join with their friends in making civic service a part of their lifestyle. That same year, she spearheaded a bone marrow drive, and joined fellow singers Alesha Dixon and Pixie Lott to create T-shirts for River Island in aid of the Prince's Trust, profits from which help change young lives.
  • 2008
    Age 27
    In 2008, Rowland officially became ambassador for MTV's Staying Alive Foundation, which aims to reduce stigma against people living with HIV and AIDS.
    More Details Hide Details She visited projects in Tanzania and Kenya to promote the charity, and underwent an HIV test in Africa to raise awareness of the disease.
  • 2007
    Age 26
    In October 2007, Rowland auditioned for the role of Louise, Carrie Bradshaw's assistant, in the 2008 film adaptation of HBO's comedy series Sex and the City.
    More Details Hide Details The part eventually went to Jennifer Hudson. Two months later, Rowland appeared as a choirmaster in the first season of the NBC talent show Clash of the Choirs among other musicians such as Michael Bolton, Patti LaBelle, Nick Lachey, and Blake Shelton. Rowland's choir finished fifth in the competition, and Clash of the Choirs did not return for a second season.
    In 2007, Rowland, along with stars such as Jessica Simpson and the cast of Grey's Anatomy autographed pink Goody Ouchless brushes that were made available for auction on eBay, with all proceeds going to Breast Cancer Awareness.
    More Details Hide Details In addition, the singer teamed up with Kanye West, Nelly Furtado and Snoop Dogg to design a Nike sneaker for another eBay auction. All proceeds went to AIDS Awareness.
    Ms. Kelly included the UK top-five hit "Like This", featuring Eve, and the international top-ten hit "Work". In July 2007, Rowland released her first DVD entitled BET Presents Kelly Rowland, which celebrates the release Ms. Kelly and features an interview with Rowland about the album's production, footage of her time with Destiny's Child, live performances and music videos.
    More Details Hide Details Following the album's lukewarm sales, it was re-released as an extended play entitled, Ms. Kelly: Diva Deluxe, on March 25, 2008. Previously unreleased Bobby Womack cover "Daylight", a collaboration with Travie McCoy, served as the EP's lead single and was a moderate success in the UK.
  • 2006
    Age 25
    Originally entitled My Story, the album's first version was actually scheduled for a June 2006 release, but Rowland, her management and Columbia Records decided to shelve the album at the last minute to re-work a version with a different vibe as the singer considered the final track listing "too full of midtempos and ballads."
    More Details Hide Details Rowland eventually consulted additional producers to collaborate on the album, including Billy Mann, Mysto & Pizzi, Sean Garrett, Scott Storch, and Polow da Don. Upon its release, Ms. Kelly debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, and at number two on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, with first-week sales of 86,000 copies. Outside the US, the album widely failed to reprise the success of Simply Deep, barely reaching the top-forty on the majority of all charts it appeared on, except for the UK, where it opened at number 37.
    In 2006, Rowland joined other artists such as Pink and Avril Lavigne in ads for so-called empowerment tags for the ALDO Fights AIDS campaign, which went on sale exclusively at ALDO stores and benefited the YouthAIDS initiative.
    More Details Hide Details Rowland returned to television that same year, playing Tammy Hamilton, in the sixth season of UPN sitcom Girlfriends. Rowland initially hoped her three-episode stint would expand to a larger recurring role, but as the show was moved to The CW Television Network the following year plans for a return eventually went nowhere. In June 2007, Kelly Rowland embarked on the Ms. Kelly Tour to promote her second solo album Ms. Kelly. The five date tour visited Europe, North America, Africa and Asia. Ms. Kelly was released on July 3, 2007 in the United States.
  • 2005
    Age 24
    After Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Rowland and Beyoncé founded the Survivor Foundation, a charitable entity set up to provide transitional housing for victims and storm evacuees in the Houston, Texas area.
    More Details Hide Details The Survivor Foundation extended the philanthropic mission of the Knowles-Rowland Center for Youth, a multi-purpose community outreach facility in downtown Houston. Rowland and Beyoncé lent their voices to a collaboration with Kitten Sera, entitled "All That I'm Lookin for". The song appeared on The Katrina CD album, whose proceeds went to the Recording Artists for Hope organization.
    In July 2005, Rowland starred opposite Duane Martin and Shemar Moore in the romantic comedy The Seat Filler, which grossed $17.9 million worldwide.
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  • 2004
    Age 23
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    Rowland began dating American football player Roy Williams in 2004 and they became engaged later that year, however, the couple called off their engagement in January 2005, two months prior to the planned wedding ceremony in March.
    More Details Hide Details Williams stated that they did not "know each other well enough to get married". Shortly after, Rowland appeared on the cover of Modern Bride wearing her wedding dress. The singer stated that she was so embarrassed about the cover because the public already knew about her separation from Williams. "I didn't even want to go out of the house and I really didn't want to put my family in the position of having to answer questions about the wedding".
  • 2003
    Age 22
    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.
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  • 2002
    Age 21
    Rowland transitioned into acting in 2002, playing the recurring role of Carly in the fourth season of UPN sitcom The Hughleys.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
    Rowland's debut solo album, Simply Deep, was released on October 22, 2002 in the US.
    More Details Hide Details 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." Simply Deep 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, Canada and New Zealand, resulting in worldwide sales total of 2.5 million copies. Simply Deep yielded the international top-ten single "Stole" and the UK top-five single "Can't Nobody".
    In 2002, Rowland was featured on Nelly's single "Dilemma", which won the pair a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.
    More Details Hide Details 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".
  • TEENAGE
  • 2001
    Age 20
    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.
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  • 1997
    Age 16
    That same year, Destiny's Child recorded their major label debut song "Killing Time", for the soundtrack to the 1997 film, Men in Black.
    More Details Hide Details 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. 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.
  • 1995
    Age 14
    To manage the group, Mathew Knowles, Beyoncé's father, resigned in 1995 from his job as a medical-equipment salesman.
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  • 1993
    Age 12
    Not long after the inclusion of Rowland, Mathew cut the original lineup to four with LeToya Luckett joining in 1993.
    More Details Hide Details 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. Taken 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.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1981
    Age 0
    Kelendria Trene Rowland was born on February 11, 1981, in Atlanta, Georgia.
    More Details Hide Details She is the daughter of Doris Rowland (née Garrison; December 6, 1947 – December 2, 2014) and 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.
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