Kelly Rowland was born in Atlanta, Georgia and grew up there until she was eight-years-old when she and her mother moved to Houston, Texas.

Rowland is a Methodist1 and is very devout. Like many religious stars, she credits her success to God, saying:

It’s been my faith that has gotten me to where I am right now. It’s been my faith that has kept me in the game for 15 years when I wanted to give up at certain times.2

Rowland’s music career began in church3 and much of Rowland’s charity work revolves around her Houston Methodist church.4 Now, she says she can’t go on tour without her Bible.5 Really, Rowland “can’t live” without her faith:

I can’t live without it. As kids we were so on fire for God… If all this were taken away from me right now I would still have my faith. If you don’t have faith the world will eat you alive.6

Politics of Destiny

Rowland is a Democrat and an Obama supporter–though her support is a bit subdued compared to many other celebrities. She mostly shows her Obama allegiance through her Twitter account–tweeting quotes from both the president7 and the first lady.8

Proof that Rowland takes at least some liberal positions is her unwavering support of and by the gay community. In Australia, she just came out and said it:

I think anyone who wants to be married should be married it doesn’t matter if you are gay, straight or whatever, it’s a celebration of love. Who am I to judge anybody?9

She participates in gay rallies and parades10 and is quick to express her gratitude to the gay community for their continued support of her and her music, saying:

My gay fans are the reason I’m here, you know what I mean. For me, the gay community provides so much strength and I really say this with from the heart.11

Other political issues–economics, immigration, the environment–haven’t made Rowland’s list of hot topics–yet. Keep us posted in the comments.

  1. Kelly Rowland’s Charity Work, Events and Causes. Look to the Stars. []
  2. Kelly Rowland Can’t Be Without Her Bible on Tour. Christian Post. []
  3. Kelly Rowland on Destiny’s Child and Her Gospel Turn. NPR. []
  4. Kelly Rowland’s Charity Work, Events and Causes. Look to the Stars. []
  5. Kelly Rowland Can’t Be Without Her Bible on Tour. Christian Post. []
  6. Kelly Rowland couldn’t live without religion. Rin. []
  7. Kelly Rowland. Celebrity Tweet. []
  8. Kelly Rowland: Another good Michelle Obama… Twitter. []
  9. Kelly Rowland believes in female leaders and would date a Sydney man. Daily Telegraph. []
  10. Kelly Rowland interviewed by Perez Hilton. YouTube. []
  11. Kelly Rowland: Gay Fans Give Me Strength. Contact Music. []