USA Today Profiles Miss Kelly

By Kelley L. Carter, USA TODAY
LOS ANGELES — Kelly Rowland is finally independent.

The singer, who spent nearly 10 years with Destiny’s Child, says she’s now living the life she used to sing about. Before breaking up in 2005, Destiny’s Child — which also featured Beyonce Knowles and Michelle Williams— topped charts with girl-power tunes such as Independent Women, the theme from Charlie’s Angels. But after a series of flat solo efforts, Rowland, 28, has figured out her formula. She sings three tracks on French DJ David Guetta’s One Love, which is being released today.

“I feel empowered. Finally,” Rowland says with a laugh and a snap of her fingers. “When you don’t believe in yourself, you feel like you’re living in fear. You don’t give yourself the opportunity to believe that you can. And as much as you tell yourself you can’t do it, you end up not doing it. Me? I was complacent and comfortable where I was.”

Not anymore. In May, Rowland released When Love Takes Over, the lead single of Guetta’s One Love. The international hit reached No. 76 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart and No. 48 on USA TODAY’s rhythmic airplay chart. After Guetta and Rowland appeared on So You Think You Can Dance, the track entered the iTunes Top 100 Songs, where it’s now No. 93.
Kelly Rowland USA Today Photo Shoot
This success comes on the heels of Rowland ending a longtime managerial relationship with Knowles’ father, Matthew. She says there’s no bad blood — Knowles is still one of her closest pals — but she was looking for a new direction.

Instead of running away from the international market that has adopted her, she has decided to embrace it.

“Here, sometimes it’s like my music didn’t quite work, but overseas it’s on top of everybody’s chart. I’ve had more international success than domestic success, and I think that opens my eyes up to music. I mean, I just got back from performing in Lebanon. Lebanon!” she says.

Rowland, who is single, says she hopes to release a solo record at the end of 2009 or early 2010.

“I have a new boost of energy,” she says. “All the creative juices are flowing, and I’m having so much fun in the studio because I’m making dance records. And I’m working with producers who are just as curious about the sound internationally, too.”

Rowland says her next release will be dance-heavy, but she won’t forget her R&B roots. She still covets domestic success; she’s had it before with Destiny’s Child, which sold more than 50 million records worldwide.
Kelly Rowland USA Today Photo Shoot
But working toward that success won’t be her guiding light, she says.

“I don’t ever want to get in a box to where I’m thinking that this is the only place that can ever exist,” she says. “I love being overseas just as much as I love being home. Plus, I know all my eating spots over there now, so I’m good!”

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24 Comments

  1. Absolutely beautiful woman! Wish her much success! Congrats on her international #1 hit!

  2. Love the girl’s attitude! The world is not limited only in the US. Madonna is one of the artist of the world. Though Kelly con not compare to Madonna now, but with positive side, I wish her the best and glad to her new success.

  3. Congrats Miss. Kelley. I wish you all the success and happiness in the world. Her sun is definately rising.

  4. I have always loved Kelly and her music!! I have both of her solo album, it was never that her music was bad it was that she was not being promoted well. Good Luck Kelly I’ll be waiting for the new album.

  5. I’m glad she gets to enjoy the fruits of her labor. May she relishes the many more to come.

    I’m so happy she’s feeling more empowered. That’s when one becomes more daring, and one starts to discover things she didn’t think she could ever do. My anticipation for her third solo album keeps increasing because of her growing confidence in herself and her craft.

    Her growing confidence is very promising. As a perfomer, that’s THE way to go. I don’t think I’m the only viewer who senses when an artist does not have the right dosage of confidence in herself and her work. The audience picks that ish up VERY quickly. The clues lie in the way the artist carries herself, and her performances. I didn’t include song choices. If an artist truly believes in her craft and her ability to sell it to the audience, she will win some if not most over in addition to her fan base. That is what I see happening with Miss Kelly, and darnit :-), it’s about time!

    It’s great she’s broadening her landscape both audience and music genre wise. While I like some artists who stick to one genre of music, I’ve grown to love a few artits who experiment well with their sound and push themselves outside of a box. Nevertheless, the buck doesn’t stop at the experiment stage. I hope these few artists grow to be untouchable and unstoppable. Miss Kelly is getting there. I see you mama. Keep it up.

  6. all i can say is finally. i think most of her fans felt that it was confidence and not ability that kelly lacked so happey for her . and looking forward to any of her new projects.

  7. Kelly!!!!!!!!! I told you all you needed was to get away from satans and his minions and look at you, I am so proud of her 🙂

  8. I am so proud of her. What a beautiful brown sista. I wish her the best in all her endeavors.

  9. Yes! Finally! Confidence is the key that is unlocking the door of success for Ms. Kelly. Shine on, lady. Shine on.

  10. I saw these pics on another site, they are very hot. I’m glad she’s not showing every nook and cranie like the next chick. Things are really looking up for her.

  11. Love both photos of her go head “BrownSUGA” Baabbbyy said D’Angelo some people are saying this song is talkin’ bout (weed) i don’t know

  12. Omg that white ruffled dress on Kelly is the business! i want it!

    good luck w/ every with kelly!

  13. I’m with ya Sky! I’m in love w/ that white dress Miss Kelly is in. The colorful one is lovely as well.

  14. lookin’ beautiful kelly! i wish you much success

    and yes @sig barbie that is what he is talking about. listen very carefully

  15. I think both of those dresses are beautiful. I am too old for them but I think they look cute on young ladies. Very lady like.

  16. Good for her! Make that money where you can. If Lebanon will cut you check do your thing over there Kelly. I’m happy she didn’t give up.

  17. @ MRS.JONES i listened to the song again very carefully and yes indeed he is talkin’ bout weed lol i just wanted be sure omg my mind was lost for a minute but i got it back

    (I get’s high off ya’ love don’t no how to behave)

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