- 19 Feb 03
She may be very sensitive about babies and young people and her ideal bloke might have to be respectful, responsible and Christian – but that don’t mean Kelly Rowland doesn’t want to be bootylicious.
Call her the dark horse of Destiny’s Child if you like – although one risks a stiletto to the shins when employing equestrian imagery in conjunction with any young lady, never mind one as immaculately turned out as Kelly Rowland, who shows up for our interview in the Four Seasons hotel looking like she just walked off the set of her latest video, dyed lilac bangs and all.
Anyway, you know what I mean: Kelly was the quiet one (not as quiet as Michelle, but that’s another story) compared to Beyonce, and yet over the last six months she’s produced a killer one-two singles combination – the rather charming ‘Dilemma’ duet with Nelly, and more recently ‘Stole’, a conscious pop confection up there with TLC’s ‘Unpretty’ for its perfect meld of substance and sweetness.
The album Simply Deep is not bad either, a scrubbed selection of low slung funk grooves, r&b balladry and gospel-with-attitude. In fact, Rowland grew up singing in Atlanta churches before hooking up with the Knowles family business in Houston. But coming from such as staunchly religious background, did she feel any conflict in going into one of the dirtiest industries in the world?