Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born on September 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas, the beautiful daughter of Mathew Knowles, a record manager, and Tina Knowles, a costume designer and hair stylist. Her father is African American and her mother, a Louisiana Creole, has African, French, Native American, and Irish ancestry. Beyoncé has a younger sister Solange Knowles who is also a singer, songwriter, and actress. Beyonce was schooled at St. Mary's Elementary School in Texas, where she enrolled in dance classes, including ballet and jazz. Beyoncé’s dance instructor first discovered her singing talent. Beyoncé’s interest in music and performing began after participating in a school talent show, which she won by singing John Lennon’s track, “Imagine”.
In the fall of 1990, Beyoncé enrolled in Parker Elementary School, a music school in Houston, where she performed on-stage with the school's choir, She also attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston and later went to Alief Elsik High School, located in the Houston suburban area. Knowles was a member of the choir at St.John's United Methodist Church for two years, where she performed as a soloist. She was raised in a good, strong family. She was lucky in the sense that her family were wealthy. It came fairly easy for Beyonce to start the pop group, Destiny's Child, but it is how she was raised this has ultimately contributed to her success and given her the ability to make smart decisions. This has led her to excel as a performing artist.
Her mother thought of her to be a shy girl. She overcame her shyness and wanted to become a singer and performer once she experienced a moment on stage.
Beyonce started out in a vocalist pop group called Destiny's Child. It was a group formed in 1990. The original members were Beyoncé Knowles and LaTavia Roberson. They were just nine years old when the two met at an audition and became friends. Beyonce's father, Matthew Knowles, set about developing an act based on the girls' singing and rapping under the name, GirlTyme. Kelly Rowland joined the group on 1992 then LeToya Lucket joined in 1993. They spent the next couple of years working their way up to the Houston Club scene. They eventually performed opening acts for famous R&B artists like SWV, Dru Hill, and Immature. Later, in 1997, Columbia Records. Getting offered Destiny’s Child a recording contract together with her cousin Kelly Rowland, and two others, Beyoncé formed an all-female singing group.
Mathew Knowles worked as the band's manager. The group Destiny’s Child went through many name and line-up changes before landing a record deal in 1997 with Columbia Records. Destiny's Child became one of the most popular R&B acts, with the release of their first, self-titled album. The group scored their first ‘number one’ single on the pop charts with “Bills, Bills, Bills,” from their second album.
Beyoncé made her acting debut in 2001 with a starring role in MTV's Carmen: A Hip Hopera, she went on to act in several more movies. In 2003,
Beyoncé took center stage as a solo artist, releasing her first album, “Dangerously in Love” which became a huge success for her. It was certified four times platinum, selling over 4.6 million copies in the United States and 11 million copies worldwide. The album also won five Grammy Awards.
Her second album, “B'Day”, was released in September 2006. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200’s. Selling 547,000 in its first week. It gained Beyoncé’s largest first-week sales of her solo career and became her second consecutive ‘number one’ album. It was certified three times platinum. The album has sold over 3.2 million copies in the United States.
In November 2008, Forbes magazine reported that Beyoncé earned eighty million dollars between June 1, 2007 to June 1, 2008, for her music, tour, films and fashion business. Later on, she released her...
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