The Beyonce biography shines a spotlight on her success–from being a member of girl groups Girl’s Tyme and Destiny’s Child to her solo career and foray into acting and designing. She was successful as a part of a group, but she also made it big as a solo artist. Her success in the singing arena has overflowed into her acting and designing pursuits.
Beyonce Knowles, who was born on September 4, 1981, competed in a number of local talent shows in her hometown of Houston, Texas when she was a child and won many of them as she impressed the audience with her innate singing and dancing prowess. When she was nine years old, she became the lead of the singing group Girl’s Tyme with Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett. Her father, Mathew Knowles, who was a medical equipment sales representative at the time of the group’s establishment, quit his job to become their band manager. The group went through some name and member changes, then finally landed a record deal with Columbia Records in 1997. Their official name became Destiny’s Child with their self-titled album’s release quickly gaining popularity. Upon the release of their second album, the single “Bills, Bills, Bills” gained the number one spot on the pop charts.
Despite the success of Destiny’s Child, internal conflicts caused two of its members, Roberson and Luckett, to leave the group. With the departure of these members, Destiny’s Child became a trio. The group stuck with its name and released a third album entitled “Survivor” in 2001. In the same year, Beyonce debuted in an acting role in MTV’s “Carmen: A Hip Hopera.” This paved the way for more acting stints and the following year, she co-starred with Mike Myer’s in “Austin Powers: Goldmember.” In 2003, she launched her solo career and released her first album, “Dangerously in Love.” The solo album earned her five Grammys in 2004, making it a record of the most awards won by a female artist. A number of collaborations were made for the album which included Missy Elliot, Sean Paul and Jay-Z who was also rumored to be dating Knowles, although they both did not admit to being romantically involved at that time.
“Destiny Fulfilled,” became Destiny’s Child’s last studio album which was released in 2004. This was followed by the group’s disbandment in 2005. Beyonce went on to release her second studio album on her 25th birthday in 2006, “B’Day,” which featured hit singles such as “Beautiful Liar” and “Irreplaceable.” The album sold more than 540,000 copies in the US in its first week. She starred in another movie called “Dreamgirls,” a Broadway musical film adaptation, with Jamie Foxx, Jennifer Hudson and Eddie Murphy. Her third solo album was released in 2008 entitled, “I Am…Sasha Fierce.” It earned her six Grammy Awards and at age 29, she broke records again having the most Grammies won by a female artist in a single night.
Besides her acting career, Beyonce Knowles ventured into the designer clothing arena, establishing a clothing line “The House of Deréon” with her mother Tina Knowles in 2005. This clothing line, which pays tribute to Knowles’ late maternal grandmother Agnèz Deréon, caters to a young market and designs sportswear, denim, outerwear, footwear and accessories. There are several stores located throughout the US and Canada.
In 2008 Beyonce married Jay-Z. It was a small private ceremony held in New York City. Some of the guests who attended the wedding included Beyonce’s mother and father, her sister Solange, her two Destiny’s Child members Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland and her friend Gwyneth Paltrow.
Beyonce is also known to have several advocacies. She recorded a song entitled “Stand Up for Love” as part of Destiny’s Child to show her support as a world ambassador for the World Children’s Day in 2005. She is part of the pioneers for the Survivor Foundation along with her parents, Kelly Rowland and her sister Solange. The said foundation was established to extend aid to Hurricane Katrina victims. Knowles also conveyed an interest in committing to humanitarian concerns in Ethiopia when she visited the country and performed for President Girma Wolde-Giorgis.
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