Kiely Williams in December 2008
|Birth name||Kiely Alexis Williams|
July 9, 1986 |
Alexandria, Virginia, U.S.
|Genres||Hip hop, R&B, pop, electropop|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, dancer, actress|
So So Def (2003–2007)
Walt Disney (2005–2006)
Nine Lives Entertainment (1999–present)
|Associated acts||3LW (1999–2007)
The Cheetah Girls (2005–2008)
In 1999, Williams along with Adrienne Bailon and Naturi Naughton formed the girl group 3LW. The initial formation of the 3LW was pulled together by Michelle Williams, also known as Mici Williams, older sister and guardian of Kiely. 3LW released their first single "No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)" in fall 2000, which became a top 30 hit on the Billboard Hot 100. And the album's next single "Playas Gon' Play" which was released in early 2001. Their debut album, released in 2000, went Platinum.
In the summer of 2002, Naughton left the group. The Cheetah Girls began work on their debut album in January 2006. However, when filming and recording for The Cheetah Girls 2 came up, the album was put on hold. In an interview with Billboard about the postponed album, Sabrina Bryan stated that the girls worked on writing for the album on their Party's Just Begun tour and that they hoped to gather an audience of older fans while simultaneously staying true to their younger fan base. Bryan also stated that the girls would work with producers they have worked with in the past as well as exploring new producers, such as Timbaland.
The track "So Bring It On" was released as the album's first single. "Fuego" was released as the second single from the album. The Girls recorded their own version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" for the holiday compilation album, A Disney Channel Holiday, which was released on October 16, 2007.
The girls began filming their third Cheetah Girls movie, entitled The Cheetah Girls: One World, in March 2008. It is the only movie to not feature Raven-Symoné and premiered on August 22, with its soundtrack released on August 19. The movie debuted with 6.2 million viewers, the lowest-ever rated premiere for the series. In the fall of 2008, the group went on tour to support the One World movie, which would be their last tour together. In December 2008, the group disbanded. The girls are currently pursuing solo projects.
2009–2010: Solo career
During the summer of 2008, Williams began quietly working on a solo singing project separate from work in her girl group The Cheetah Girls. She filmed the music video for her first single "Make Me a Drink" in New York City in November 2008. In August 2009, a preview of Williams' debut solo "Make Me a Drink" (which was written by Young Money recording artist Shanell, who has also written for Lil Wayne's upcoming record) appeared on YouTube, "Make Me A Drink" has never been released.
She completed a starring role in the independent film Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale and is slated to star in The Science of Cool, another independent feature. In late 2009, Kiely began work on Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming. The role of Kandi Kane, in Elle, required Kiely to record several songs for the film and the accompanying soundtrack and learn extensive choreography. Stomp the Yard 2 and Elle were both released in 2010.
On October 28, 2009, Williams official website released the instrumentals of her first single, titled "Spectacular", a song written by Williams and produced by Mike City. The single was released exclusively to club DJs the first week on November. Williams was in talks with major labels to sign a joint deal along with her family's own Nine Lives Entertainment brand, which she has been signed to since 1999. The single was released to the public on January 15, 2010, and the accompanying music video was released to YouTube on April 5, 2010, to mostly negative reviews.
Albums with 3LW
Albums with The Cheetah Girls
- 2003: The Cheetah Girls (soundtrack)
- 2005: Cheetah-licious Christmas
- 2006: The Cheetah Girls 2 (soundtrack)
- 2007: In Concert: The Party's Just Begun Tour
- 2007: TCG
- 2008: The Cheetah Girls: One World (soundtrack)
- 2010: "Spectacular"
- 2009: "Make Me a Drink"
- 2008: "Circle Game" (From The Cheetah Girls: One World Soundtrack)
|2008||The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2||Yaffa Waitress||Cameo|
|The House Bunny||Lily|
|2010||Elle: A Modern Cinderella Tale||Kandi Kane|
|Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming||Brenda|
|2013||Holla II||Monica||Lead role|
|2003||The Cheetah Girls||Aquanette "Aqua" Walker||Disney Channel Original Movie; filmed in Canada and New York.|
|2006||The Cheetah Girls 2||Disney Channel Original Movie filmed in Barcelona, Spain.|
|2008||The Cheetah Girls: One World||Disney Channel Original Movie filmed in India|
|2004||The Cheetah Girls||Aquanette Walker||ABC pilot; never picked up.|
|Television guest appearances|
|2007 - 2008||Disney Channel Games||Herself||Blue Team|
|2008||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Herself (with The Cheetah Girls)||Guest star; 1 episode|
- Sabrina Bryan Interview with Billboard. Billboard.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-18.
- www.tommy2.net. www.tommy2.net. Retrieved on 2012-06-18.
- Kiely Williams via Radio Disney Uncut Interview Podcast recorded 2007-07-10
- Little Cheetah Women Blog. Littlecheetahwomen.blogspot.com (2008-11-13). Retrieved on 2012-06-18.
- Kiely Williams EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW April 9, 2009. Youtube.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-18.
- KielysWorld.com. KielysWorld.com. Retrieved on 2012-06-18.
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