All-around artist, 30 -year-old [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Kelly Rowland[/lastfm] is best known for her successful career as a pop and R&B vocalist. An ex-member of [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Destiny’s Child[/lastfm], Rowland’s solo albums have taken her out of the shadow of the formidable [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Beyoncé Knowles[/lastfm] and shown that Rowland is a performative force to be reckoned with.
Her TinyChat with fans today (3:30PT) is hot off her July 26th album release Here I Am. A more dance-oriented departure from her last two albums, Here I Am has been praised by music critics and musicians alike, including [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]50 Cent [/lastfm]who called Rowland the “most underrated female soloist in the game.”
Throughout it all, Rowland has kept her head up, empowering other women with her music and her charity I Heart My Girlfriends, which focuses on helping women with issues like self-esteem, drugs and alcohol and obesity.
Often, these message translate into her music, so we’ve made a list of Kelly Rowland’s Top 10 Empowerment Songs.
10. “Grown Woman”
One of Rowland’s first singles released to radio last year, the b-side “Grown Woman” isn’t on her new album, but the track is still a killer, highlighting Rowland’s new “grown” attitude and how she is too strong to deal with any high school level nonsense:
But, I’m not gonna get on your level/Not gonna pull me off my cool/I’m such a grown ass woman/I don’t got the time to play high school/You need to get on my level/’cuz right now you just look like a fool
The song is a fabulous break from the typical “girl mob” fare in pop, with Rowland showing us a strong, sophisticated edge.
9. “Like This” (featuring [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Eve[/lastfm])
This song could sort of be the motto for Rowland’s charity I Heart My Girlfriends. It tells the story of a woman empowered, even without a man, and how she is laughing in the doubters faces who didn’t know she could “do it like this.”
Ladies, drama, leave it home/if he ain’t got it right by/Now then scratch him off/They just called me said it’s about twenty strong/They standing at the door they wanna take us on
8. “You Will Win”
A song featured on the gospel compilation Spirit Rising, “You Will Win” is an inspirational tune that says, yes, life can be rough, but if you have God on your side, you will “win.” In an interview, Rowland explained how gospel made her feel:
”We all have different things that we go through in our everyday life and it’s really important to know just at the end of the day, it doesn’t matter what you face, you know, that you’re going to win at the end of the day.”
“You got to believe in yourself. You got to believe in God, know that He’s going to get you through it. “
7. “Down For Whatever”
A song of a completely different tone than “You Will Win,” “Down For Whatever” is an empowerment song because it shows Rowland as a woman who is fearless–fearlessly in love.
Let’s explore see what we find/I’m waiting for you to discover me/No restraints no regrets/Just give me a ride I won’t forget
6. “Commander”(featuring [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]David Guetta[/lastfm])
In Rowland’s lead single from Here I Am, we are reminded that sometimes, in order to feel powerful, we have remind ourselves that it’s OK to have a little fun–even if there is no reason for it.
Ain’t no reason to celebrate/But you know we gon’ hav a ball/Champagne spillin’ from the wall/And I’ll be partying til hella late/But I ain’t worried not at all
“Comeback” could easily be a song about Kelly Rowland’s career at the moment.
Warning/Beware, handle with care/If you’re lucky/There’s a chance you’ll make it there/This is serious/Girls like me is so rare
As far as empowerment songs go, “Daylight” isn’t the deepest, but that’s OK.
The message behind the song is simple: Even though society would look in your “windows” and look down on you for doing something out of the ordinary (like have a party until dawn), sometimes you just have to do these sorts of things in order to stay true to yourself and “unwind.”
And it looks like daylight’s gonna get me up again/(Damn right and I’m lovin’ every minute)/Most people like getting up when I’m just getting in./(I’ll be back in three days like Paris’s jail sentence)And oh, it’s the only only time/It’s the only time when I can unwind.
3. “Better Without You”
Although “Better Without You” could be perceived by many to be a sad break up song, if you look deeper into the lyrics, Rowland wants her ex to understand that although she wasn’t sure she could make it without him, she is doing it–and doing it well:
Pursuing all my goals/(And knowing what’s best for me)/Living out my dreams/(Saw what’s important to me)/My focus is on point/(And I can see clear now)/And everyday is a brighter day/(The darkness has died down)
2. “I’m Dat Chick”
True, Rowland might sound a little conceited in her b-side from the Here I Am recording sessions, but she sends the important message that loving yourself isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
In fact, women could do with loving themselves a little bit more.
I get all the boys, all the boys, all the boys/They wanna get with me, get with me, get with me/They tell me I’m so fly, I’m so fly, I’m so fly/But I don’t need a mirror, I can see see/And I’m not cocky, I just love myself
1. “Shake Them Haters Off”
Our favorite Kelly Rowland song that never made it on her new album, “Shake Them Haters Off” is the perfect positivity-enhancing empowerment jam.
It’s true that “haters never take a vacation” and if they are really paying that much attention to you, you must be “doing something right.”
So you might as well just do you and forget what the haters have to say.Vodpod videos no longer available.