It’s hard not to root for Kelly Rowland. I don’t know anybody who thinks beginning a career with show stopper Beyonce Knowles would be a breeze. But it seems Kelly, after so many years in Beyonce’s shadow, is finally getting her chance to shine. Kelly gained momentum over the past few years with dance tracks that were big in Europe, and even bigger in the club scene.

Kelly inspired us at theGrio to think about others that were able to leave a group and find solo success, perhaps in spite of an even bigger star in the original group. Artists like Bobby Brown, Lionel Richie, Omarion and Teddy Pendergrass. Here are theGrio’s top pics for artists that were able to make it out of a successful group and begin a shining solo career.