To describe Kiely Alexis Williams as a “triple threat” would be an understatement! Although Williams is most well known as a prominent member of the hit teen trios 3LW (Three Little Women), whose debut LP sold 2 million copies upon its release, and The Cheetah Girls, she has been captivating audiences since the age of five, when she made her television debut in the television pilot, “Tribeca,” directed by Robert DeNiro. At only 23 years old, she has proven herself to be a versatile actress, singer, songwriter, dancer, aspiring director and budding author. A showstopper on stage and off, Williams’ stunning good looks complete an already impressive package.
Born in Alexandria, Va. and raised in New Jersey, Williams was able to cultivate her love for music at an early age. She spent her childhood learning the art of singing and music production in her family’s home recording studio where she developed a love for electronics and retro rock. Although her biological mother died when she was just 7 months old, Williams was brought up in a close-knit household by her father and three older sisters, one of whom, Michelle, she considers a surrogate mom.
Known as “Aquanetta,” the fashion icon in The Cheetah Girls’ three hit Disney Channel telefilms, Williams’ repute has been catapulted to star status. Along with fellow cast mates Adrienne Bailon and Sabrina Bryan, Williams has been an inextricable force in a phenomenon that has been all the rage amongst the tween population and to legions of fans that have had the unique pleasure of growing up alongside her.
Adapted from a book series about a fictional girl pop band, The Cheetah Girls’ first soundtrack album was certified Double Platinum and the DVD of the hit telefilm was certified Platinum for sales of more than 1 million copies, making it the second best-selling DVD for a Disney Channel Original Movie production, trailing only High School Musical, which it preceded.
Following the sensation of The Cheetah Girls and its soundtrack, the original Cheetah’s – Williams, Bailon, and Bryan — have seen unparalleled success as they have evolved into the eponymous traveling pop group, The Cheetah Girls.
The success of the first Cheetah Girls movie and soundtrack was matched by the second movie/soundtrack installment which were released simultaneously in 2006. The Cheetah Girls 2 album became the number-one selling soundtrack in the US for eight continuous weeks and was eventually certified Platinum by the RIAA, having sold more than 1.3 million copies. In Sept 2006, Williams and her fellow Cheetahs embarked on a hit nationwide arena tour that grossed more than $26 Million in ticket sales and more than $10 million in merchandise. In fact, “Cheetamania” as it is affectionately called has taken over with everything from the Cheetahs being featured in a national TV advertising campaign Kraft and over 70 million Kraft Macaroni & Cheese boxes, to record setting merchandise which includes Cheetah Girls dolls, a Nintendo video game, an exclusive line of stationery at retailer The Limited Too, and an exclusive cheetah “bear” at Build-A-Bear workshops across the country, to name a few. Kiely Williams, along with her fellow Cheetahs, is a household name among tweens and their parents.
In total, Kiely co-starred in 3 Cheetah Girls made for TV movies and recorded numerous Cheetah Girls albums and singles. Most recently, Kiely completed a final national arena tour with the Cheetah Girls and co-starred with Anna Farris in the Adam Sandler produced comedy feature “House Bunny” (Columbia/Sony). She also completed a starring role in the independent film “Elle” and is slated to star in “The Science of Cool,” another independent feature that starts production later this year and will be released in 2010.