“Kelly” Rowland (born February 11, 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, lyricist, dancer, actress, executive producer and television presenter. She 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 the group’s two-year hiatus, Rowland released her first solo album, Simply Deep (2002), which debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart and sold over 2.5 million copies worldwide. It included the number-one single “Dilemma” with Nelly, as well as the UK top-five hits “Stole” and “Can’t Nobody“. Rowland also ventured into acting with starring roles in the successful films Freddy vs. Jason (2003) and The Seat Filler (2005).
Following the disbandment of Destiny’s Child in 2006, Rowland released her second album, Ms. Kelly (2007), which produced the international top-ten hits “Like This” and “Work“. In 2009, she hosted the first season of The Fashion Show and was featured on David Guetta‘s “When Love Takes Over“, which hit number one in many countries. Its success influenced Rowland to explore dance music on her third album Here I Am (2011), which spawned the UK top-ten singles “Commander” and “Down for Whatever“. She became a judge on the eighth season of The X Factor UK in 2011 as well as the third season of The X Factor USA in 2013. Rowland’s fourth album, Talk a Good Game (2013), became her third top-ten album on the US Billboard 200 chart. She married her manager, Tim Weatherspoon, and gave birth to their son 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, and a further 60 million records with Destiny’s Child. Her work has earned her several awards and nominations, including four Grammy Awards, one Billboard Music Award, 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.