Kelendria Trene Rowland or BKA Kelly Rowland was born on February 11th in 1981 to Doris Rowland Garrison and Christopher Lovett in Atlanta, GA. [Her name is just as pretty as she, isn’t it?]
By the time Kelly was seven, there was trouble in the couple’s relationship, sometimes, it got violent. Because of this, Doris Rowland left the man Kelly knew to be her father.
Doing what was best for the family, Doris pressed on and moved everyone to Houston, TX. Unknowingly, this was the beginning of great moments to come… life-changing events.
It was there, Kelly became friends with Beyonce Knowles and her parents. Actually, their relationship was more than we realized. She came to live with them and the Knowles provided legal guardianship with the approval of Kelly’s mother.
Kelly’s inspiration as a child was none other than Whitney Houston. So in the early 1990s, Kelly and her new friends, performed in the band, Girl’s Tyme. The group went on Star Search and although they did not win, they continued to perform locally.
Kelly Rowland: Early Success
Sometime in 1977, the group signed with Columbia Records using the name Destiny’s Child under whose direction? You should know it was Matthew Knowles. [unhuh]
Over time, Kelly performed background and lead vocals for their debut album (Destiny’s Child), The Writing’s on the Wall (1999) and Survivor (2001). This would make Kelly Rowland a millionaire at the age of 18!
After Survivor, the group worked on individual projects. Kelly and Nelly released “Dilemma” (my favorite song of theirs) in 2002 under the album entitled Simply Deep. It was the jam for many others as it topped the charts for a couple of months.
A reunited Destiny’s Child recorded their fourth collaboration, Destiny Fulfilled. It was appropriate as the band, or rather Kelly announced that the band was breaking up.
To sum it up, Kelly told the fans who were attending their Spain concert that the group was tired and had fulfilled their business relationship and destiny as a group.
Kelly Rowland On Her Own
We waited a long time for Kelly Rowland to grace us with her voice again. In 2007, the songstress released another solo project called Ms. Kelly. When the album didn’t do so well, she fired her manager, Matthew Knowles.
Well, sadly, her next release (Here I Am, 2011) with Universal Motown didn’t do so well either. But then, she didn’t give up.
Kelly went on to do a revealing fourth album, Talk a Good Game with Republic Records. The album featured “Kisses Down Low” which was a favorite among her listening audience. The music video hyped the song as it was seen and heard some 9.9 million times on YouTube/Vevo in 2013.
What people really went wild over was the wicked confessions in “Dirty Laundry.” (Can you pass the tissue, please.) Mainly due to its content, the track blew up in no time at all.
It surpassed anything Kelly had done before. The album landed on the number 3 spot on the Billboard Top 200 with sales of over 77,000 in the first week! Nonetheless, the single with Lil Wayne, “Motivation” was extra hot!
The jaw-dropping video pushed the song on out and went platinum with an astonishing 59 million views. I absolutely loved the duet in 2012 with Future, “Neva End.” They looked so comfortable together and the song wasn’t bad either. 😉 She has done work with Big Sean as well.
Kelly holds at least 4 American Music Awards, 1 NAACP Image Award, a BRIT Award, a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, a BET Award, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 15 Soul Train Music Awards and at least five Grammy Awards.
Not bad for the multi-platinum chocolate star. Rowland has also done some acting in films such as Freddy vs Jason. My lady has graced the covers of Essence and BET magazines to name a couple. Overall, her success has been good in the entertainment industry.