NEW YORK, March 31 (UPI) -- R&B/pop superstar Kelly Rowland will no longer be recording with Columbia Records as a solo artist, the U.S. record label announced Tuesday.
However, Rowland, a founding member of Destiny's Child, will continue her relationship with Columbia Records in her ongoing role in the ensemble, the company said.
"Because Columbia Records 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," Rowland said in a statement. "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 Columbia have been incredibly understanding about my evolution. I want to thank everyone at Columbia 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," added Rob Stringer, chief executive officer of 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."