Pop Music
United States

Kelendria Trene Rowland was born on February 11, 1981, in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the daughter of Doris Rowland Garrison (December 6, 1947 – December 2, 2014)[7][8] and Christopher Lovett and has an older brother named Orlando. When she was seven, her mother took her and left her father, who was an abusive alcoholic.[9] At the age of eight, she relocated to Houston.[10] Rowland was placed into a girl group, along with Beyoncé and friend LaTavia Roberson.[11] Originally named Girl's Tyme in 1992,[12] they were eventually cut down to six members.[13] West coast R&B producer, Arne Frager, flew to Houston to see them and eventually brought them to his studio, The Plant Recording Studio, in Northern California.[13] As part of efforts to sign Girl's Tyme to a major label record deal, Frager's strategy was to debut them in Star Search,[14] the biggest talent show on national TV at that time.[13] They participated, but lost the competition.[15][16]

To manage the group, Mathew Knowles, Beyoncé's father, resigned in 1995 from his job as a medical-equipment salesman.[17] He dedicated his time and established a "boot camp" for their training.[14] At this time Rowland moved in with the Knowles's.[18] Not long after the inclusion of Rowland, Mathew cut the original lineup to four with LeToya Luckett joining in 1993.[13][19] Rehearsing in Tina Knowles' hairstyling salon and their backyards,[20] the group continued performing as an opening act for other established R&B girl groups of the time.[19] They auditioned before record labels and were finally signed to Elektra Records, only to be dropped months later, before they could release an album.