US songstress who rose to fame with powerful girl band Destiny's Child and has since sold 82 million records worldwide.
Kelendria Trene Rowland was born on 11 February 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Doris Rowland Garrison and Christopher Lovett. At the age of seven, Kelly moved to Houston with her mother who left her alcoholic father.
At the age of eight, Kelly met Beyonce Knowles, who would become a lifelong friend, when she joined rapping and dance group Girl's Tyme. R 'n' B producer Arne Frager entered the group into the TV talent show ‘Star Search’, which they ended up losing.
The band finally made their breakthrough when they changed their name to Destiny's Child and were signed to Colombia Records in 1997. The same year, they recorded their debut single 'Killing Time', which was used on the 'Men in Black' soundtrack (1997).
Destiny's Child released their self-titled debut album in 1998, which amassed moderate sales, but the band finally rose to fame with their second album 'The Writing's on the Wall' in 1999.
The multi-platinum record spawned hits including 'Bills Bills Bills', 'Jumpin Jumpin' and 'Say My Name' which became their most successful song at the time.
In 2001, the band won two Grammy awards for Best R 'n' B performance by a duo or group and Best Song. Their album sold 13 million copies and was followed up by the single 'Independent Women Part I' in 2000, which featured on the 'Charlie's Angels' soundtrack.
During this time, the band were embroiled in a lawsuit filed by former band mates who felt that Michelle Williams had replaced them before they were told. This would be an ongoing issue until June 2002.
Destiny's Child went on to release 'Survivor' in May 2001 and it went straight to the top of the US chart. It has sold over ten million copies worldwide and the hit single 'Bootylicious' came from the record. In 2002, the band announced their temporary break-up.
Between 2002 and 2005, Kelly pursued a solo career. She teamed up with rapper Nelly for 'Dilemma' in 2002 and the single quickly became one of the most successful of that year.
She then released her first solo album 'Simply Deep', which was a mixture of R'n'B and rock in 2003, selling 2.5 million copies worldwide. 'Stole' was released from this record and was her best-selling single to date.
Kelly rejoined Destiny's Child in 2004 to release 'Destiny's Fulfilled' before going on a worldwide tour and announcing their disbandment in 2005. The band released a compilation of their hits and were given a Hollywood Walk Star of Fame in March 2006. According to Times magazine, they were the best-selling girl group of all time.
In 2007, Kelly released her second solo album 'Ms Kelly', which wasn't quite as successful as her first selling just 1.2 million copies by 2008.
She changed record label and released the international hit 'When Love Takes Over' in collaboration with French DJ David Guetta in 2009. She then toured Europe, Asia and Australia and teamed up with DJ Alex Gaudino for song 'What a Feeling' released in March 2011. She has released two more albums: 'Here I Am' (2011) and 'Talk A Good Game' (2013).
On 30 May 2011, she was confirmed as a judge on the eighth season of the X-Factor. In 2013, she appeared alongside Michelle Williams in Beyonce's 'Superpower' music video.