In some ways, it’s hard to believe it’s taken three solo albums for people to really notice Kelly Rowland and her vocal talent.
And in a way, it comes as no surprise at all.
While some were blown away by Kelly Rowland’s performance of “Motivation” (off her new album “Here I Am”) at the 2011 BET Awards, it’s easy to forget the many nicknames some had for Destiny’s Child back in the day that demonstrated Kelly’s seeming irrelevance.
Beyonce and the Pips.
Beyonce and, uh, those two other chicks.
There was a time when Beyonce definitely seemed to garner all the attention (and lyrics) in Destiny’s Child, becoming a music industry version of a Kobe Bryant-like ball hog.
But as Destiny’s Child evolved, so did the opportunities for Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams, and we suddenly realized that Kelly possessed far more talent than being an ooohing and aaahing back-up singer.
Story: Watch Kelly Rowland perform at the 2011 BET Awards
Now, it feels like Kelly Rowland is riding high on her own name, and the sky appears limitless.
In a recent MTV interview, Kelly talked about maturing into the artist you now see today.
“I think what I’ve grown to know about my voice is, just having a voice, period, as a woman, you mean business, period — whether that’s making people dance or that’s making people feel in an emotional way or whatever it might be when it comes to R&B.”
“I think that R&B, of course, is where I’m deeply rooted, period,” she continued. “I’ll never go anywhere.”
Thank God. Because Kelly’s just getting started.
Check out a recent interview with Kelly Rowland on The Gayle King Show to your left.
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