Written by Katie Marzullo


Born: February 11, 1981

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia


Kelendria Trene Rowland hit the bigtime in the 90s as a founding member of girl group Destiny’s Child. After meeting Beyonce Knowles while growing up in Houston, Texas, the two formed one of the world's all-time most successful girl groups, Destiny’s Child along with LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett.

In 2002, Kelly recorded "Dilemma" with Nelly, which was one of the most successful singles of that year. It also established Kelly as a powerful solo artist when the song won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration as well as a Billboard Award.

She released her debut solo album, Simply Deep, in 2003, after rushing to record it in three weeks. The album was a hit in the U.S. and an even bigger success internationally, selling 2.5 million copies worldwide.

Destiny’s Child disbanded in 2006, and Kelly’s second album, Ms. Kelly, dropped in 2007. The record was followed by the 2010 album Kelly Rowland with the hit single "Love Takes Over" produced by David Guetta.

Not only is she a great musician, but Kelly can act, too! She has appeared in "The Hughleys" and Freddy vs. Jason, as well as reality shows "Clash of the Choirs" and "The Fashion Show". This multitalented lady certainly knows how to keep busy!



Kelly launched her own charity, I Heart My Girlfriends, in March 2010 to give girls support with self-esteem abstinence, drug and alcohol avoidance and other issues.

Including her work with Destiny’s Child, Kelly has sold over 60 million albums.




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