“The X Factor” U.K. judge Kelly Rowland participated in an in-depth Q&A moderated by hip-hop pioneer MC Lyte. The three-hour event took place on September 27, 2011, at Grammy headquarters in Los Angeles.
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The Recording Academy Los Angeles Chapter hosted Up Close & Personal With Kelly Rowland on Sept. 27 at The Academy’s headquarters in Santa Monica, Calif.
Before a packed audience, the four-time GRAMMY-winning R&B artist engaged in a discussion with GRAMMY-nominated artist and Chapter President MC Lyte, touching on topics such as the creative process behind her latest album, Here I Am, plans for the video for her next single, “Lay It On Me,” collaborating with fellow GRAMMY winner David Guetta on the 2009 hit “When Love Takes Over,” touring, and working on the UK music TV show “The X Factor,” among other topics.
“Touring has been so much fun because it’s been about five years since I’ve been on tour,” said Rowland. “Performing as a solo artist right now, I’m just on the highest cloud.
Hailing from Atlanta, Rowland first gained fame as a member of GRAMMY-winning R&B group Destiny’s Child. Following the release of the group’s third album, 2001’s Survivor, Rowland began writing material for her debut solo album, Simply Deep, which was released the following year. The album’s first single, “Dilemma,” which features GRAMMY-winning rapper Nelly, earned Rowland her first GRAMMY as a solo artist for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration. In 2004 Rowland reunited with Destiny’s Child for a new album, Destiny Fulfilled, and embarked on the group’s final world tour. Rowland’s sophomore effort, 2007’s Ms. Kelly, peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200. Released in July, Here I Am reached No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs hit “Motivation.” Rowland is currently on a U.S. tour with Chris Brown.
Up Close & Personal With Kelly Rowland will be available as video on demand beginning Sept. 30 exclusively at GRAMMY365, The Academy’s member-only website. For more information on Academy membership, visit www.grammy365.com/join.
During the Q&A Rowland commented on her much-talked-about performance of “Motivation” at the 2011 BET Awards, which she said was one of her first awards-show performances as a solo act: “It was one of the first that I felt really prepared and was just, like, ‘I want to eat that stage!’”
Rowland has been on a 2011 North American tour with headlining act Chris Brown and opening acts T-Pain and Tyga. The tour began on September 12. In the interview, she said of Brown’s large following of female fans: “I think I hear chicks screaming in my sleep right now.” She also said of being the only female act on the tour: “I love being surrounded by all the testosterone.”
(Click here to watch a video clip of the Q&A.)