1. Kelendria Trene “Kelly” Rowland (born February 11, 1981) is an American recording artist, actress and television personality.
2. 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.
3. During their hiatus, Rowland released her debut solo album Simply Deep (2002), which sold 2.5million copies worldwide and produced the number-one single “Dilemma” with Nelly, as well as the international top-ten hit “Stole”.
4. Following the disbandment of Destiny’s Child in 2005, she released her second album Ms. Kelly (2007), which included international hits “Like This” and “Work”.
5. In 2009, Rowland served as a host on the first season of The Fashion Show, and was featured on David Guetta’s number-one dance hit “When Love Takes Over”.
6. 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 US R&B/Hip-Hop number-one “Motivation”.
7. 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. Rowland’s fourth album Talk a Good Game (2013), which saw a return to her “R&B roots”, was released to positive reviews.
8. Throughout a career spanning 18 years, Rowland has sold over 27million records as a solo artist Her work has earned her several awards and nominations, including four Grammy Awards, a Billboard Music Award and a Soul Train Music Award.
9. Rowland has also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with 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.
10. She is the daughter of Doris Rowland Garrison (December 6, 1947 December 2, 2014) and Christopher Lovett and has an older brother named Orlando.
11. 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.
12. Along with their commercial successes, the group became entangled in much-publicized turmoil involving the filing of a lawsuit by Luckett and Roberson for breach of contract.
13. The issue was heightened after Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin appeared in the video of “Say My Name”, implying that Luckett and Roberson had already been replaced. Eventually, Luckett and Roberson left the group.
14. Franklin would eventually fade from the group after five months, as evidenced by her absences during promotional appearances and concerts.
15. She attributed her departure to negative vibes in the group resulting from the departure. After settling on their final lineup, the trio recorded “Independent Women Part I”, which appeared on the soundtrack to the 2000 film, Charlie’s Angels.
16. It became their best-charting single, topping the Billboard Hot 100 for eleven consecutive weeks.
17. Later that year, while Destiny’s Child was completing their third album Survivor, Rowland appeared on the remix of Avant’s single “Separated”.
18. After releasing their remix album This Is the Remix in 2002, the group announced their temporary break-up to pursue solo projects.
19. Rowland’s debut solo album, Simply Deep, was released on October 22, 2002 in the US.
20. Rowland transitioned into acting in 2002, playing the recurring role of Carly in the fourth season of UPN sitcom The Hughleys. 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.