Train on a Track

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"Train on a Track"
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Single by Kelly Rowland
from the album Simply Deep
ReleasedAugust 4, 2003 (2003-08-04)
StudioThe Hit Factory
(New York City, New York)
  • Rob Fusari
  • Sylvester Jordan Jr.
  • Balewa Muhammad
  • Tiaa Wells
Producer(s)Rob Fusari
Kelly Rowland singles chronology
"Can't Nobody"
"Train on a Track"
"Une femme en prison"

"Train on a Track" is a song by American singer Kelly Rowland. It was written by Rob Fusari, Sylvester Jordan Jr., Balewa Muhammad, and Tiaa Wells and recorded by Rowland for her solo debut album Simply Deep (2002), while production was helmed by Fusari. A light and breezy pop rock song that is built around an acoustic guitar-driven instrumentation, the love song has Rowland singing about a person whom she considers her equal in every manner. The songs's musical composition, as well as Rowland's harmonies and the poetic wordplay of its lyrics, positively surprised critics.

The song was released as the third international and final single from Simply Deep in August 2003. A moderate commercial success, it became Rowland's fourth consecutive the top twenty entry on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at number twenty. In addition, "Train on a Track" charted in Australia, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Scotland, and Switzerland. An accompanying music video was directed by Antti Jokinen and filmed in the Northern Beaches region of Sydney in mid-2003. In support of its single release, Rowland made the song part of her Simply Deeper Tour (2003) setlist and performed it at the TMF Awards. It was also featured on the soundtracks to the romantic comedy films The Seat Filler (2002) and Maid in Manhattan (2004).


After the release of her former group Destiny's Child's 2001 album Survivor, Rowland launched a solo career when American rapper Nelly asked her to appear as a feature volalist on his song "Dilemma". The record originally appeared on his album Nellyville (2002) and was released as its third single. An instant success, it became a worldwide number-one hit that year and prompted Rowland's label Columbia Records to advance the release date of her solo album from 2003 to late 2002 to capitalize on the success of "Dilemma".[2] Rowland was forced to complete the album within a month.[3][4] "Train on a Track" was contributed by producer and songwriter Rob Fusari with whom Rowland had previously worked with on Survivor.[5] Fuasri co-wrote the song along with Balewa Muhammad, Tiaa Wells, and Sylvester Jordan Jr.[5] While chief production was overseen by Fusari, vocal production was handled by Wells and Jordan.[5] Commenting on his involvement with Simply Deep, Fusari told: "I really liked working on Kelly’s album, because it gave me the opportunity to stretch a bit musically. "Train on a Track" [...] has a more folk/acoustic sound, more in the vein of Natalie Imbruglia than pure R&B. Kelly was also fun to work with. She’s very nice and caring, and she’s also a star."[6]

Critical reception[]

"Train on a Track" received generally positive reviews from music critics. Sal Cinquemani of Slant complimented the track for its "light and breezy" nature and named it, along with "(Love Lives In) Strange Places", Simply Deep's best tracks. He found that both records "infuse the singer’s lush harmonies with acoustic guitars and poetic wordplay."[7] Houston Chronicle journalist Michael D. Clark called the song "a daring singer-songwriter rock departure."[1] AllMusic editor Jon O'Brien wrote in his review, that "gorgeous "Train on a Track," an acoustic-driven lament to the first flourishes of love [...] deviates from the late-night slow jam pastiche formula."[8] BBC Music editor Joy Dunbar found that "Rowland makes a faint break from the Destinys Child ethos as "Train on a Track" attempts to rebel against her former sound with the occasional, edgy rock chords and heavy use of guitars. However, this uninspiring, longing love song tries too hard to promote her shift away from the group and interferes with the structure of the album."[9]

Music video[]

A music video was filmed on Sydney's Northern Beaches.[10]

An accompanying music video for "Train on a Track" was directed by Finnish director Antti Jokinen and filmed in the Palm Beach suburb on Sydney's Northern Beaches area at the end of Rowland's Australian tour in mid-2003.[10] In the clip, a red-haired Rowland is seen dancing barefoot in the sand, wearing pink and blue pastel-colored dresses, while holding a pair of golden stilettos in her hands. Intercut are scenes of the singer sitting on the rocks by night and her laying on a lush sofa in a calm cave.[10]

Upon its release, the music video for "Train on a Track" was included on the European maxi-single as an enhanced video element. It was later also included on the Japanese edition of Destiny's Child's Destiny's Child World Tour concert DVD, released in 2003, as well as the 2005 Wal-Mart exclusive edition of Destiny's Child's Fan Pack II DVD which was released along before the release of Number 1's (2005), and the 2007 Wal-Mart-exclusive DVD BET Presents Kelly Rowland.[10]

Track listing and formats[]

Credits and personnel[]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Simply Deep.[5]


Chart (2003) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[12] 61
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[13] 16
Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 93
Ireland (IRMA)[15] 44
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[16] 61
Netherlands (Tipparade)[17] 16
Scotland (OCC)[18] 21
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[19] 67
UK Singles (OCC)[20] 20
UK R&B (OCC)[21] 6

Release history[]

List of release dates, showing region, release format, and label
Region Date Format(s) Label(s)
Germany August 4, 2003 (2003-08-04) 3" Sony Music
CD single
United States September 9, 2003 (2003-09-09)


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  2. ^ Kaufman, Gil (June 13, 2005). "Destiny's Child's Long Road To Fame (The Song Isn't Called 'Survivor' For Nothing)". MTV News. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  3. ^ Chaundy, Joanna (July 2, 2007). "Kelly Rowland: Single Black Female". Blues & Soul. Archived from the original on July 5, 2012. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Moss, Corey (July 22, 2002). "Nelly Hit Forces Change In Plans For Destiny's Child LPs". MTV News. VH1. Archived from the original on October 22, 2012. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  5. ^ Jump up to: a b c d Simply Deep (liner notes). Kelly Rowland. Columbia Records. 2002.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
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  7. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (November 2, 2002). "ALBUM REVIEW: Kelly Rowland – Simply Deep". Slant. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  8. ^ "Simply Deep – Kelly Rowland". AllMusic. Retrieved December 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "The Release Of Kelly Rowland's Debut Album Simply Deep, Firmly Fixes The Spotlight On..." BBC Music. March 31, 2003. Retrieved December 25, 2019.
  10. ^ Jump up to: a b c d "Kelly Rowland: Train on a Track (2003)". IMDb. Retrieved December 26, 2019.
  11. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-10-19. Retrieved 2010-05-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  12. ^ "ARIANET WEEK COMMENCING: 27th October 2003 Issue No: 714" ARIA Top 100 Singles. National Library of Australia.
  13. ^ " – Kelly Rowland – Train on a Track" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved 2018-06-01.
  14. ^ " – Kelly Rowland – Train on a Track" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts.
  15. ^ " – Discography Kelly Rowland". Irish Singles Chart.
  16. ^ " – Kelly Rowland – Train on a Track" (in Dutch). Single Top 100.
  17. ^ "Kelly Rowland- Train on a Track" (in Dutch).
  18. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  19. ^ " – Kelly Rowland – Train on a Track". Swiss Singles Chart.
  20. ^ "Kelly Rowland: Artist Chart History". Official Charts Company.
  21. ^ "Official R&B Singles Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.

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