Kelendria Trene Rowland, 11 February 1981, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Rowland found pop fame as one third of the chart-topping US R&B vocal group Destinys Child. Late in 2001, the trio issued a holiday recording, 8 Days Of Christmas, before disclosing to the public that they were going on a temporary hiatus to pursue solo projects. Rowlands debut solo single, Dilemma, a duet with rapper Nelly, was released in summer 2002 and quickly climbed to the top of the US singles chart (it later topped the UK chart as well and won a Grammy for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration). Later the same year, Rowlands solo debut, Simply Deep, was issued, expectedly charting high on the US charts upon release.
The lengthy delay that preceded the release of the singers second album was punctuated by Destinys Child commitments and a slew of film and television roles. Originally intended for release in 2006, Ms. Kelly eventually appeared the following summer after being dramatically reworked by a new set of producers. The single Like This (a duet with rapper Eve) reached the US Top 50.
Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.