Kelly Rowland is back and better than ever and she has something new to teach with her musical experience. Former Destiny Child member and beautiful songstress Rowland arrived at the 2016 SXSW Festival at the Austin Conventional Center Saturday to chat about her newest project, Chasing Destiny. In her opening statement, attendees found out how much she actually misses girl groups including her own.
It’s been over 15 years since the Grammy winning R&B trio of Beyoncé Knowles, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland split up and now Rowland plans to re-live a bit of her past through her newest project. Rowland is delighted about the launch of her new singing reality competition show Chasing Destiny, and revealed her feelings about her former girl group in a recent interview with BET President Stephen Hill on Saturday.
There’s been so many artists — and there’s nothing wrong with it — who want to be solo,” Kelly told BET President of Programming Stephen Hill. “It’s what we’re used to now. And like I said, there’s nothing wrong with it. But I think it’s time for another generation to see women coming together. I think it’s time for another generation to see camaraderie. I think it’s time for another generation to hear voices together. To hear the power of it, how exciting it is. How it’s a force on stage. That is something that is missed. Hell, I miss it.”
In Rowland’s show, she wants to show the impact girl groups had on the music culture and why we should bring them back. Destiny’s Child has sold more than 60 million records worldwide to date. And Billboard ranks them as one of them as one of the greatest musical trios of all time.
“It’s the power of females,” Rowland said. “It’s the power of females coming together. And I think it’s a culture that’s missed. That’s the main reason why I felt there was a void in the market place. Yes, we have Fifth Harmony, yes, we have Little Mix, but that’s two. When we were coming up there was En Vogue, Jade, Xscape, Spice Girls, Dixie Chicks. Girl groups of all genres.”
Rowland uses her expertise to find the next big girl group. Although she knows they may not be as big as Destiny’s Child, but it’s a start.
One of things a group needs is “Confidence,” according to Rowland. “They better be able to sing their butts off — and these girls can sing their faces off. And work ethic. I think the difference between Destiny’s Child and anyone else, we just outworked everybody,” she said.
She would also prefer to see more diversity in the music industry. She feels women with her skin color deserve to see more role models who look like them.
The mother to son Titan Jewell Witherspoon, has always been passionate about the group and opinionated about there split back in 2001. In 2013, she made a confession in her song called Dirty Laundry where she outwardly admits her feelings about missing the group.
Since then, Rowland has learned from it, moved forward and used all of her experiences in music – good and bad — to hopefully bring back the spirit of girl groups. We wish her the best of luck!
Do you think we should bring back girl groups?