New York, NY -- The Grammy-winning R&B/pop superstar
will no longer be recording with
as a solo artist, it was officially announced today by the label.
Rowland, a founding member of
, the world's top-selling female group, will continue her relationship with
in her ongoing role in the iconic ensemble.
has been my home base as an artist for more than a decade, the decision to move out on my own required a lot of soul-searching," said Kelly Rowland. "As a solo artist, I felt the need to explore new directions, new challenges, and new freedoms outside my comfort zone and my friends and family at
have been incredibly understanding about my evolution. I want to thank everyone at
for the love and support they've shown and I will never forget how many good times we've had over the years."
"Kelly Rowland is one of our finest contemporary artists and a musical force to be reckoned with," said Rob Stringer, CEO,
Columbia/Epic Label Music Group
. "It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with Kelly and we will continue our working relationship with her under the Destiny’s Child moniker. The decision for Kelly to seek other opportunities for her solo career was agreed upon mutually, and any reports to the contrary are false.”