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Kelly Rowland makes Caribbean Fashionweek return

Published:Tuesday | March 26, 2013 | 12:00 AM
Kelly Rowland

Music superstar and fashionista Kelly Rowland returns to Caribbean Fashionweek (CFW), Saturday, June 8.

One-third of the famed Destiny's Child, Rowland is one of the most successful female entertainers in history.

In 2009 Rowland produced an electrifying mini concert at CFW. Now, as she enjoys a significant career surge and unparalleled visibility in her life as a solo artiste, she returns to CFW.

Rowland is looking forward to her return to St Andrew for Caribbean Fashionweek while acknowledging the event as the region's seminal style celebration.

This time she will present a full concert performance, complete with her dancers and back-up singers.

Rowland has indicated that she will be singing all her hits, and says "Look out Jamaica, you are in for the best of Kelly Rowland".

Rowland rose to fame with the success of Destiny's Child during the late '90s.

Destiny's Child went into the new millennium as one of the best-selling female musical groups in history.

Rowland, who was barely in her 20s, had been imagining such stardom for a long time.

Born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia, Rowland began singing as soon as she heard Whitney Houston. She was only four at the time, but Houston's 1985 debut album, Whitney Houston, was enough to motivate the little girl.

Fast friend

Performances with the church choir followed, but Rowland's developing interest in music blossomed when she and her family moved to Houston, Texas. She befriended another inspiring singer, Beyoncé Knowles, and the two became fast friends.

In the mid-90s, the two girls formed Destiny's Child. Since then, Rowland has enjoyed remarkable success as a band member, solo artiste, fashion icon and celebrity judge.

With the smash success of her multiplatinum No. 1 single, Dilemma, performed with Nelly, her solo career rocked. Now, with the huge success of her single, Motivation, last year, and this year's Kisses Down Low, her career continues to blossom and a number of new projects are on the way.

Destiny's Child made an impressive debut in 1997 with their first single No No No; their debut album, named after the group, followed the next winter and went platinum before the year's end.

Two more albums followed - The Writing's on the Wall (1999) and Survivor (2001) - earning the group countless fans across the globe, as well as millions of records sold.

In the process, the group created history as one of the most successful girls' groups of all time.

In 2004, Rowland released her fourth album with Destiny's Child, Destiny Fulfilled, and went on a world tour - the group's last to date.

Rumours of a new Destiny's Child project have re-surfaced with statements from Beyoncé regarding a new album and the group performing together at events such as the recent 2013 Super Bowl.

With the success of Survivor, Destiny's Child's third album, Rowland followed her bandmates in taking some time off.

During that time, Rowland began writing material for her first solo album.

First single

In 2002, Rowland's solo debut, Simply Deep, was released by Columbia. Dilemma, the album's first single, featured a duet with Southern rapper Nelly. It had a two-month stay at number one during the fall of 2002, while Stole - emblematic of the album's somewhat surprising adult-alternative rock sound - reached the top 30.

Rowland had been working on her second solo release, which went through a number of changes in direction until it finally surfaced as Ms Kelly in July 2007.

More R&B-oriented than her debut, it peaked at number six on the Billboard 200, but didn't produce any major hit singles in the United States. Rowland subsequently split from manager Matthew Knowles, as well as her label, and provided vocals on dance producer David Guetta's 2009 album, One Love.

After signing with Universal Motown, Rowland completed her third album, Here I Am, releasing it in July 2011, following several delays. The slow, steamy single, Motivation, produced by Jim Jonsin and Rico Love and featuring Lil Wayne, rode the top of Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart for several weeks and crossed into the top 20 of the Hot 100.

A stylistically broad set, the album also contained collaborations with Guetta, Rodney Jerkins, the Runners, Stargate, and Ne-Yo, among several others.