Kelly Rowland looks to create girl group on new BET series

Kelly Rowland looks to create girl group on new BET series

ATLANTA (AP) — If fans are anticipating a Destiny's Child reunion album, Kelly Rowland says don't expect one anytime soon.

These days, Rowland is focused on recording solo music & filming a documentary series called "Chasing Destiny," which premieres on BET in April. She completed a three-city quest in New York, Atlanta & Los Angeles with veteran choreographer Frank Gatson — who serves as Beyoncé & Rowland's creative director — auditioning talent in hopes of finding the next superstar girl group.

"I don't care where they are, where they live, where they're from, their background — I just want to make sure that I have girls in the group who are not afraid to work, who are excited approximately a tremendous opportunity, who have goals & think, & breathe, & sleep music," Rowland said in an interview last week.

p>The Grammy winner said she wants to create a girl group for this generation of music fans. The pop charts currently include Fifth Harmony, who had a major hit this year with "Worth It," & British group Little Mix, who won "The X Factor" in 2011 & released their third album last month.

But Rowland believes there's room for more.

"When Destiny's Child was around I remember there was Xscape, there was SWV, there was En Vogue, there was the Cheetah Girls," she said. "There were all these different types of groups, & these different types of girls groups, & there's just one (now) — you're kidding me? Like, obtain out of here. It should unquestionably be more."

Rowland said she & Gatson aren't sure how many girls will be selected for the group. Gatson said he already held two secret audition sessions in New Orleans & New York without Rowland, in hopes of finding more candidates. More than 70 prospects auditioned for them in each city.

"We have to search under every rock," said Gaston, who groomed Destiny's Child & moreover choreographed routines for Michael Jackson & Jennifer Lopez. "There has to be another Michael Jackson out there. There has to be another Supremes."

Until they find their group, Rowland said she's enjoying the process as she reminisces approximately her time with Destiny's Child. The group was one of the best-selling female groups of all-time, releasing platinum-plus albums & multiple hits, from "Say My Name" to "Bootylicious" to "Survivor."

Rowland said her "heart beats so fast" thinking approximately those times with Beyoncé & Michelle Williams.

"It takes me back to those days when we were grinding & being molded," said Rowland, who will release a solo album next year. "I think this is the most attractive moments. The pleasant part is getting to know these girls (and) being able to share my stories."

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Source: “Associated Press”