Born & Raised:
Name: Kelendria Trene "Kelly" Rowland. Born: Feb. 11, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia. Moved to Houston, Texas, at the age of 7.
Kelly Rowland is the daughter Doris Rowland Garrison and Christopher Lovett and was born and raised in Atlanta until she and her mother moved to Texas when Kelly was 7 due to her parents' break-up. After moving to Houston, Kelly met LaTavia Roberson in elementary school who eventually introduced her to Beyoncé Knowles. The girls met Letoya Luckett and formed a singing group that would perform in their backyards and in Tina Knowles' beauty shop. After performing at local events, they got their break when they entered Star Search. The group, then named Girls Tyme, lost the competition, however.
When Kelly was 11, the Knowles family became Kelly's legal guardians after the work commitments of her mother's job as a live-in nanny led to a mutual decision between Kelly, her mother and Beyoncé's family that Kelly would live and be raised by with the Knowles family. Among the reasons for this was it was easier on Kelly than traveling back and forth for group rehearsals. Eventually, Beyoncé's father (and Kelly's legal guardian) Mathew Knowles decided to quit his six-figure salary at Xerox to manage the group in order to help the girls reach their dreams of becoming singers.
The girl group, which eventually became Destiny's Child, went on to become a huge hit and went on to sell tens of millions of albums worldwide. Kelly's childhood friends LaTavia and Letoya, however, eventually left Destiny's Child and ultimately replaced by Michelle Williams. The group released four albums and had numerous hit singles, many of which were written by and featured Beyonce. Rowland's first solo album, Simply Deep, was released in October 2002, while Destiny's Child was still together. One song from the album, "Dilemma," featuring the rapper Nelly, won a Grammy for best rap/sung collaboration in 2003.
In 2003 and 2004, Kelly branched out into acting and appeared in a few films, including the summer 2003 horror flick Freddy vs. Jason and the 2004 indie film The SeatFiller. She also made several appearances on TV sitcoms during that time and began working on her second solo album, which was originally going to be called My Story. On June 12, 2005, Destiny's Child announced that they'd no longer be performing together after completing their then-current tour and that they would be pursuing their own individual careers in music and other forms of media.
Kelly's second album, which was retitled Ms. Kelly, was released in June 2007, led by the singles "Like This," featuring the rapper Eve and "Ghetto," featuring Snoop Dogg. It debuted at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and at No. 6 on the Billboard top 200 albums chart. In March 2008, a remix EP of the album, titled Ms. Kelly: Diva Deluxe, was released, featuring seven new and remixed songs, led by the new track "Daylight," a collaboration between Kelly and Travis McCoy of the alternative hip-hop band Gym Class Heroes.
"It is a decision I made for myself. I like it, and that's all that counts." Kelly Rowland, to People magazine in March 2008, on why she had breast enhancement surgery to go from an A-cup to a B-cup.