Kelly Rowland Spreads Her Wings

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By Michael Hamersly | mikehamersly@gmail.com3/12/2014

Of course, Kelly Rowland is best-known for being part of the triumphant trio that is Destiny’s Child, which also features universal supernova Beyonce. But on her own, the singer is proving to be quite the diva herself, and this “bird in a cage” has learned to spread her wings.

Rowland takes the stage Saturday night at Jazz in the Gardens with a diverse arsenal of styles, including manic electro-pop (“Freak”), confessional ballad (“Dirty Laundry”) and blush-inducing bedroom jam (“Kisses Down Low”).

The Miami resident talked about the show, the possibility (or not) of a Destiny’s Child reunion, and her favorite restaurants in the Magic City.

What attracted you to this festival?
I’m just loving to perform right now, and I love jazz, so it’s perfect. It fits. Especially in Miami – it’s gonna be very sexy.

Anyone else on the bill you’re excited to see?
A: Jamie Foxx, LL Cool J, Trey Songz, Anthony Hamilton, also. Yay! It’s gonna be a family reunion – a friendship reunion.

Will you break out any Destiny’s Child hits?
Why wouldn’t I? You have to!

Speaking of which, you’ve stayed active musically with both Beyonce and Michelle. Have you guys talked at all about an official Destiny’s Child reunion?
You are the third person to ask me that this week. That’s so interesting that it’s been on the tip of everybody’s tongue. We haven’t talked about it. Michelle is wrapping up an incredible solo album – I’m so proud of her and can’t wait for everybody to hear it. And B is finishing up her tour in Europe, and I’m about to get back in the studio to start working on a new album. So it’s not something that we’ve been talking about recently. But we have been able to collaborate on each other’s projects, and we’re all very tight.

Would you say that the door is open?
It hasn’t been something we’ve talked about recently – I’ll keep it at that.

You’ve collaborated with a lot of artists, including Nelly, Lil Wayne and David Guetta. How do you deal with performing those tracks live? Do you have a backing vocal track to sing with?
It’s definitely always an alternative, you know what I mean? I figure out ways with my music director to flip it and make it my own.

How much from “Talk a Good Game” will we hear in your set?
You will hear quite a bit – I love performing those songs.

You’ve done a lot of acting, most notably in “Think Like a Man” – anything coming up?
I’m working on some things, yes. Nothing I can talk about freely right now, but there are some projects that I’ve been in talks with directors that I’m very excited about possibly becoming a part of.

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About Jazz In The Gardens

Jazz in the Gardens has easily become the City of Miami Gardens’ premiere entertainment event. Having 11 years of history under its belt, Jazz in the Gardens celebrates diversity, culture and art through various genres of music. Event-goers find themselves entrenched in the rich beats and musical stylings that vibrate from the stage. The event not only brings world-renowned talent to Miami Gardens, but it gives local artists the opportunity to be seen, heard and possibly discovered. Jazz in the Gardens (JITG) music festival has been deemed as the undeniable “travel destination for the spring.” JITG occurs annually in March and serves as the inaugural event of the highly anticipated music festival season. The JITG experience is complemented by scenic beaches, plentiful shopping, incredible golf courses, 5-star restaurants, and many other inviting attractions which make South Florida a “must visit” destination. The City of Miami Gardens and its partners are committed to producing an extraordinary experience for our supporters and sponsors.
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