Kelly Rowland Spreads Wings With ‘Angel’

She becomes first Destiny's Child member to go solo, with song on 'Down to Earth' soundtrack, due February 13.

Beyoncé Knowles might be the highest-profile member of Destiny’s Child, but she’s not the first of the trio to step out as an “independent woman” — that distinction goes to her cousin Kelly Rowland.

With a song on the soundtrack for “Down to Earth,” a Chris Rock movie due February 16, Rowland will become the first member of the group to release a solo project.

The soundtrack, which drops February 13, also features new tracks from Monica (“Just Another Girl”), Jill Scott (“One Time”), Ruff Endz (“Someone to Love You”) and Jagged edge (“Dreamed You”), in addition to previously released songs from Snoop Dogg (“Gin and Juice”) and Lauryn Hill (“Everything Is Everything”), according to Epic Records.

Rowland’s song, “Angel,” marks the first in a series of planned solo projects for Destiny’s Child’s members. According to their manager, Mathew Knowles, each member of the group — which also includes Michelle Williams — will release a solo album over the next three years, in addition to the group’s Survivor disc set for release in February.

“Down to Earth” is a remake of 1941’s “Here Comes Mr. Jordan,” which was also remade in 1978 as “Heaven Can Wait” with Warren Beatty.