Birth Name: Kelendria Trene Rowland
Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia
Date of Birth: February 11, 1981
Kelly Rowland is an American singer-songwriter, television personality, and actress. She was a member of the top-selling American R&B girl group Destiny’s Child, along with Beyoncé, Michelle Williams, and also originally LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson.
Along with her group mates, Rowland has won multiple Grammy Awards and has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. Rowland has recorded a number of solo albums and has starred as a judge on the UK talent show The X Factor. Before being a child of destiny, Kelly Rowland was simply Kelendria Trene Rowland, daughter of Doris Rowland Garrison and Christopher Lovett, born on February 11, 1981, in Atlanta, Georgia. Rowland grew up inspired by Whitney Houston and—like her idol—sang in the church choir. At 7, Rowland’s mother left her father due to domestic abuse and moved the family to Houston, Texas. There, Kelly met another budding songstress, Beyoncé Knowles. According to reports, Doris felt it was better for her daughter to live with the Knowles, and Beyoncé’s parents Matthew and Tina agreed to provide legal guardianship over Kelly.
In the early ’90s, Kelly Rowland and Beyoncé Knowles performed as part of the band Girl’s Tyme. The group even competed on the nationally televised talent show Star Search. Although they lost, they continued to perform at local schools, day-care centers and other events around Houston, slowly gaining recognition for their singing and dancing talent. By 1997, the group had signed a record deal with Columbia under the name Destiny’s Child, managed by Matthew Knowles.
Kelly’s surname, “Rowland”, is Scottish. The first Rowland was found in Ayrshire county in Scotland.
Kelly’s maternal grandfather was James Rowland, Jr.
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