Kelly Rowland opens up about living in Beyoncé’s shadow

‘Can you imagine what it’s like being in a group with Beyoncé?’
July 15, 2020 1:58 p.m. EST
July 18, 2020 12:00 a.m. EST
Kelly Rowland has been part of one of the most successful groups of all time as a member of Destiny’s Child and is continuing to experience her own career highs as a solo artist. But on a recent episode of The Voice Australia, the singer admitted that she spent years struggling to move out from under the shadow of Beyoncé. That’s a pretty big shadow.Rowland, who is currently in her fourth season as a Coach on The Voice Australia, appeared via video chat in this week’s episode. While speaking to contestant Chris Sebastian, the pair bonded over their shared struggle of establishing themselves as an artist outside of the shadow of their famous peers. Sebastian’s brother is Guy Sebastian, an Australian popstar who launched his career in 2003 as the first winner of Australian Idol. Guy Sebastian spent five years as a judge on The X Factor in Australia before becoming a Coach on The Voice last year.[video_embed id='5023235556001']RELATED: Kelly Rowland talks 'Chasing Destiny', Claritin & new music[/video_embed]“I know this feeling. Can you imagine what it’s like being in a group with Beyoncé,” said Rowland while speaking to Sebastian. “I would just torture myself in my head. Like, I can’t wear this dress because they’re going to say it’s like B. Or, I can’t have a song like that because it sounds too much like B. They’re gonna compare anyways.”Rowland continued, saying that she spent years trying to find a comfortable space in the music industry. “I would be lying if I said ‘No, it’s never bothered me.’ That’s bull," said Rowland. "There was a whole decade, if I am being completely honest, a decade where it was like the elephant in the room. It was the thing that would constantly be on my shoulder.”
During her time as a member of Destiny’s Child, Rowland along with Beyoncé and Michelle Williams won 11 Billboard Awards, took home two Grammys and sold more than 60 million records. As a solo artist, Rowland has enjoyed her own success, selling 30 million albums, and releasing the massive singles “Commander,” “Dilemma” with Nelly and “When Love Takes Over” with David Guetta. In addition to her work on The Voice in Australia, Rowland has also been a judge on The X Factor in the UK and the US. Starting with her solo debut album Simply Deep in 2002, Rowland has gone on to release 2007’s Ms. Kelly, 2011’s Here I Am and 2013’s Talk A Good Game.Rowland, who continues to enjoy a close relationship with both Beyoncé and Williams, has reunited with her Destiny’s Child bandmates several times since the group disbanded in 2006. The trio appeared together on stage at the 2013 Super Bowl Halftime Show and again in 2018 during Beyoncé’s history-making Coachella headlining set. The women often post about each other on social media, continuing to support each other in their careers, which for Williams has included a foray into Christian music.
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