Beyonce Giselle Knowles
September 4, 1981
Place of Birth:
Beyonce Knowles, often referred to as just "Beyonce", is a multi-talented musical superstar.
Both her parents were involved in the music industry where her father was a record designer and her mother a costume designer.
When Knowles started elementary school and was taking dance lessons, her dance teacher recognized that she also had a talent for singing.
Knowles entered a talent contest and, at only seven years old, won the contest singing the John Lennon's
Part of her early groundwork in music was as a singer in both her school choir and her church choir.
By the time Knowles was in her early teens, she worked in a singing, rapping, and dance group known as
The group began to be known to a wide audience when they appeared on
, a popular national TV show.
Knowles' father started managing the group full time and they were able to get bookings as the opening act for popular R & B groups.
In 1993, the group changed its name to
, continuing to perform at local events, and in 1997 signed a record contract with Columbia Records.
Over the next few years, Destiny's Child released many successful award-winning songs such as
Killing Time, Jumpin' Jumpin', and Say My Name.
While still part of the group, Knowles was making some solo appearances and, in 2000, signed a personal contract with Columbia.
Around the same time, Destiny's Child was having internal problems and some of the members were replaced.
Knowles continued her solo work even embarking on an acting career for TV and the movies.
In 2004, the Grammy award-winning Destiny's Child performed their final album as a group.
Soon the name
was recognized in the same fashion as that of
Knowles took a starring role in the Academy award-winning movie
where she was featured as
, a character based on the lead singer of the Supremes, Diana Ross.
During her career, not only has Knowles co-written or written many successful songs and but also has been a creditable fashion designer.
Beyonce Knowles has won numerous honors and awards including
Songwriter of the Year
and was the first woman ever to win the American Music Awards
International Artist Award
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