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For those who love R&B music, surely you will love Beyonce Knowles. Born in Houston, Texas, Her father Mathew Knowles is a record manager of some renown and her mother Tina Knowles is a hair stylist and costume designer, and older sister Solange is a singer-songwriter and actress. In her youth, Beyonce was a soloist in the choir of her church, St. John's United Metodhist Church, but she was only a member of the choir for two years.
Beyonce attended St. Mary's Elementary School in Texas where she took and interest in dance (especially jazz and ballet) and her love of singing showcased her talent quickly. She made her debute in the school’s talent show, sinigng John Lennon’s “imagine” which won the competition. The media started paying attention to her at the age of seven when the Houston Chronicle endorsed her for a local comunity performing art award: The Sammy. Beyonce moved on to Parker Elementary School, a 'specialized' music school in Houston in the fall of 1990, and joined their choir. She attended Houston's High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and sometime later moved again to Alief's Elsik High School.
Her childhood career began when she was eight years old, LaTavia Roberson met her in an audition for a girl entertaining group. Beyonce and childhood friend Kelly Rowland made the final cut in to a rap and dance group Girl's Tyme,The six member group made their debute on Star Search, a nation wide talent show but failed to win. Beyonce father stepped up to the plate, resigning from his job to setup a boot camp for the girls training and to manage their training. The group was cut to four, with LeToya Luckett joining in 1993. It took then three years, and a failed deal with Elektra Records before the girls signed a contrac with Columbia Records.
In 1997, Girl’s Tyme was reborn as Destiny’s Child, based on a passage from the Book of Isaiah’s and in 1998 released their self titled debut album, from which the single “No, No, No” established the group’s reputation as a viable act, earning moderate sales and winning three Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards for “Best R&B/Soul Single,” “Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year” and “Best R&B soul or Rap News Artist.” Their intial success was followed in 1999 by a multi-platinum second album, “The Writing’s on the Wall,” which sold over 8 million copies. The albums three singles”Bills, Bills, Bills,” “Say My Name” and “Jumpin' Jumpin’” were award winners at the 43rd Grammy Awards. "Say My Name" won both “Best R&B Song” and “Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.”
The group’s success came at a price as a Roberson and Luckett filed a lawsuit alleging breach of contract over the apperance of Farrah Franklin and Michelle Williams in the video of "Say My Name", that made it clear that they had ben replaced. Franklin also left the group after five months citing poor relations with fellow group members. On top of the media frenzy and attacks against Beyonce for instigating the breakup and the end of a long term relationship with her boyfriend of seven years plunged Beyonce in to depression
Despite all of their setbacks, Destiny’s Child, now three members strong released "Independent Women Part I" as a soundtrack for Charlie's Angels, it was their best-charting single, staying on the Billboard Hot 100 for eleven weeks. In 2001, the group was completing the third album, Survivor that rose to number 1 on the Billboard 200 and sold 663,000 copies. The album had other number one hits including, the title track "Survivor" and "Bootylicious." “Survivor” would win a the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Finally they release their holiday album, 8 Days of Christmas, and announced a hiatus to focus on their own solo careers. Taking a leap in another direction, Beyonce tried her hand at acting, co-starring in Austin Powers in Goldmember as Foxxy Cleopatra alongside Mike Myers and recorded her first solo single “Work it Out” for the film’s soundtrack. She went on to star with Cuba Gooding Jr in the Fighting Temptations and recorded numerous songs for hte sountrack. She was also featured on rapper Jay-Z’s hit single “03 Bonnie & Clyde.” She won a Grammy Award for a duet with Luther Vandross for a remake of “The Closer I Get to You.” In June 2003, Beyonce released her début solo album, Dangerously in Love that topped the Billboard 200 and was certified quadruple platinum by the RIAA, topping the charts in seven countries and sold 4.7 million copies in the United States and more than eleven million copies globally.
After 3 years, Destiny's Child reformed to release their final album, Destiny Fullfiled in November 2004 peaking at number 2 on the Billboard 200 as they broke in to the top ten in eight countries. In 2006, Beyonce released her second solo album, B'Day which debuted number one on the Billboard 200 stole the rankings in eighteen countries. Six million copies had been sold worldwide to date. The album won her the “Best Contemporary R&B Album” award at the 49th Grammy Awards.
In 2005 she starred in Dreamgirls and was nominated for two separate Golden Globe Awards: “Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy” and “Best Original Song.” Proving that she is a dual threat on film and in music. She still produces music and acts in films but in 2010 decided to take a break to recharge her creative battery, leaving everyone waiting for her fourth album.