Before she became a part of Destiny’s Child, Kelly sang in the church choir, following the example of her idol, Whitney Houston. It was the meeting of her friend Beyoncé Knowles when things really started working for her. Beyoncé’s parents agreed to legally provide for her, so she moved in to live with them.
Beyoncé and Kelly first started performing as part of the band Girl’s Tyme and they managed to enter the talent competition show Star Search, broadcasted on national television, where they lost. Not ready to give up, the duo continued performing at all events they could find, slowly gaining recognition for their dancing and singing talent.
In 1997, the duo teamed up with their manager Matthey Knowles, Beyoncé’s father, and signed a record deal with Columbia Records under the name Destiny’s Child.
Kelly was both a lead and background vocals and contributed to releasing a string of commercially successful albums for Destiny’s Child. Their debut, full-length album shot them to fame as one of the most prominent R&B groups around. Thanks to that, Kelly became a millionaire by the time she was 18.
Still, the group eventually disbanded so Kelly moved on to work on solo projects as well as a career as an actress and TV judge. Her last appearance was as an R&B great, Gladys Knight, in the BET series American Soul.
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When Kelly was just 7 years old, her mother left her abusive father and moved the family to Houston, Texas. In 2004, upon reuniting with Destiny’s Child, Kelly announced that the group is finally calling it quits in front of 16,000 fans.
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