Biography of Beyonce Giselle Knowles
Beyonce Giselle Knowles, also called B, was born on the 4th September 1981 in Houston, Texas. She began her musical career when she was 7 years old and met LaTavia Roberson while auditioning for a children's group. They founded the group in 1990. Beyonce's cousin, Kelly Rowland, soon joined the girls, and the trio was finally joined by LeToya Luckett.
Managed by Music World Management's Matthew Knowles, who is also Beyonce's father and Kelly's legal guardian, the four young girls became Destiny's Child in 1990.
They started small by performing at local events and moved on to their national television debut with their performance on Star Search in 1992. They made their acting debut on Warner Bros.' "Smart Guy" TV show.
Not only their strong voices did standout, but their originality and refreshing rap performance was only a preview of what the music industry was in store for. Soon enough, the group had moved up from the ranks of performing at small-time gigs, to becoming the opening act for popular R&B and Hip Hop acts like Dru Hill, SWV and Immature. In the USA, the four teens toured extensively as the opening act for Boyz II Men.
The group's first self-titled album “Destiny's Child” was released in 1998, under the Columbia Records label. The album features, Beyonce`s favorite rapper Wyclef Jean, Pras and Jermaine Dupri as collaborating producers, as well as their hit single "No, No, No", which went nine times platinum.
If the three awards that Destiny's Child received at the 1998 Soul Train “Lady of Soul Awards” wasn't enough of an indication of their upcoming success, their next album was sure. In 1999 the album “The Writing's On The Wall” was released and went into the top ten Billboard album chart. From this album four hit singles were released, “Bills, Bills, Bills”, “Say My Name”, “Bug a Boo” and “Jumpin', Jumpin'”. Their album reached triple platinum status by the end of the year, two Grammys nominations in 1999, an "Image Award" by the NAACP, and contributions to the soundtracks for the films “Why Do Fools Fall In Love?”, “Life”, and “Romeo Must Die”.
In March of 2000, it was announced that group members LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson had left the group. Later it was revealed that the two members were unhappy with the management of Matthew Knowles, and that they left because of existing "creative differences." They were replaced by Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. But Farrah Franklin left the group after only five months.
The third Destiny's Child album “Survivor” then was released and went on to sell more than ten million copies, followed by the group's Christmas album “8 Days Of Christmas”.
With many of their hit songs co-written and co-produced by Beyonce, the group has sold more than 33 million records worldwide. When she won the 2001 ASCAP Pop Songwriter of the Year Award, Beyonce became the first African-American woman and the second woman ever, to receive the honor.
In 2001, the group got two Grammys. Also the girls have toured worldwide and performed at events ranging from the Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Concert Special to the Concert for New York City.
Finally they wanted to collect some experiences as solo artists, which should not be the end of Destiny`s Child. They just wanted to show a different approach and the growth they have experienced.
Beyonce made her acting debut as Carmen Brown in "Carmen: A Hip Hopera",
produced by MTV and her second movie was in the Austin Powers’s “Goldmember”
where she played Foxy Cleopatra in 2002. She also made the soundtrack “Work it
With her success in this movie, Beyonce began getting follow-up offers and accepted a role in Jonathan Lynn’s movie “The Fighting Temptations“ in 2003.
Many artists took part in her new album, for example Missy Elliot, Jay-Z, Sean Paul, Mark Batson, Mario Winans, D-Roy & Mr. B, OutKast's Big Boi, Rich Harrison, Fanatic, Scott Storch and Luther Vandross. Beyonce shared co-executive producer credits on 2003's “Dangerously In Love” with, her father and manager, Mathew Knowles. She took an active role in all aspects of the album, from writing and choosing material to producing, mastering and mixing the tracks.
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