Beyonce Knowles Biography
Early in life, Beyonce Knowles displayed her talents and love for what she can do. She was only 7 years old when she took on lead parts, doing the solo's on the pieces the choir where she was a member of. She took dance classes wherein she soon became it's star pupil She has amassed thirty awards for singing and dancing.
Along with her cousin Kelly Rowland and two of their, LaTavia Robertson and LeToya Luckett formed a quartet, Beyonce Knowles was just 8 years old at the time. As "Girl's Tyme", which were now a group of young ladies of a quartet saw getting on the show as a big break that quickly turned into disappointment for all of them when they didn't win, appearing and competing in the popular talent contest TV show,"Star Search" in 1992.
Her father, who was also Kelly Rowland's legal guardian, Mathew Knowles, felt for the girls and decided to help them reach their dreams of being singers. He quit his job as a salesman, handling multi-million dollar equipment deals for Xerox. Now, dropped along with his job was the six-figure salary that came with it, on which the family kept and depended on financial stability. An amazing sacrifice not only by her father, although the decision was his, the entire family pitched in on whatever way they could. With their finances now nowhere near what it used to be, they left their house and moved in into two apartments.
Ten years after they broke out into the scene in 1990, carrying with them decade's worth of both positive and negative, personal and proffessional baggages, experiences both worth keeping and some not even worth mentioning, they remained driven. They came in to the new millenium, strong, focused on their carreers, ready and able to face what ever else might be along the way.
The group signed with Columbia Records in 1996. As the Destiny's Child's carreer ran, they kept it "all in the family", where members, even though they were no longer strapped for cash, still pitched in and continued to help out the group in what ever they could, as it was from the very beggining anyway, a true "family venture".
Their management being run by people all too familliar, that whatever successes, achievements that came to not only group, but anyone immediately involved in this 'venture' that bore too much wait on anyone or was too musch too bear could be checked at the earliest possible point because everyone is surrounded by people who know you better that you know yourself, keeping everything inncheck, running smoothly and ultimately kept on running, eyes still focused on the target still ahead.
Kelly, Michelle and Beyonce took a short break as Destiny's Child to pursue other pursuits, that was nearly impossible to do as a group. Beyonce Knowles pursued an acting carreer during the break and landed several high profile movies, one was with off Mike Meyers, in 2002's "Austin Powers in the Goldmember" where she played Floxxy Cleopatra. Broadcast As promotions for the showdate of the movie's premiere release was "Work It Out", her
first single alone after the groups "break".
During this time also, Beyonce Knowles did TV Appearances, TV movies and still lended her pipes on guest vocals on singles, here and there, she was everywhere for a time. After appearing on movies, dishing out hot tracks all on her own, Beyonce Knowles, although undoubtedly overshadowing her other sisters while they try their own stab on going at it "alone", she had already arrived and was way ahead of the two. "Celebrity Status" could now be checked off her list, she has officially.
Another for the record books, Beyonce Knowles was awarded a title that has been only given out once before her and she is only the second woman ever to receive the ASCAP Song Writer Of The Year Award in 2001 and became the first African-American female artist.
Destiny's Child by 2002 has had 33 million copies of their albums have been sold internationally, back to back to back hits, numerous nominations and have recieved numerous awards as well.
In June 2003, she released her solo album,"Dangerously Inlove" on which legendary, well-respected Hiphop artist, Jay-Z, took on the job of producing it. The first single and the video that accompanied it, created such a buzz, it was an instant classic the day of it's first broadcast. Her first single off that record entitled, "Crazy in Love" featured Jay-Z himself and as rumors that the two are romantically together made the buzz for this album and the first track and video from it all the more unescapable. The album also featured collaborations from artists such as Missy Elliott, Sean Paul and Big Boi the other half of OutKast. Her second effort entitled "B'day", "Irreplaceable" was the first track off that album, it later went all the way to number one.