Beyonce In-depth Biography
Beyoncé Giselle Knowles, simply known as Beyoncé, was born 4th September 1981 and is from Houston, Texas, United States.
The American pop and R&B singer is married to rap mogul Jay Z, and are considered one of the biggest ‘power couples’ of the 21st century.
Quickly establishing herself as a future star at an early age, Beyoncé competed in many talent contests at her primary school, and was instantly recognised as a potential star of the future for her pitch perfect performances.
This was to culminate in the life changing moment when Beyoncé auditioned with her cousin Kelly Rowland and two school mates LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett, on Star Search (a major singing contest on TV) as the girl group Girl’s Tyme. Although the girls failed to win the competition, Beyoncé’s dad wanted to pursue his ambitions to see the group succeed, and quit his day job to manage the girl group which became Destiny’s Child.
From 1997 until 2001 Destiny’s child became one of the world’s biggest R&B girl bands of the late ‘90s. Their debut eponymous album contained the infectious hit “No, No, No” which reached the top 5 in the UK and US. This was followed up with their multi-platinum selling second album The Writing’s on the Wall which contained the major top selling hits “Jumpin’ Jumpin” and “Say My Name”.
Destiny’s Child received a Grammy for “Say My Name” in 1999 but major factions between Matthew Knowles (Beyoncé' father and manager) and LaTavia Roberson and LeToya Luckett were causing a rift in the girl group centred on rumours that the money was being unequally divided between the girls. This resulted in both girls leaving the girl group and being replaced by Farrah Franklin and Michelle Williams, although Farrah Franklin only remained in the group for a few months.
At the time Beyoncé was suffering from deep depression from the trauma of arguments and being singled out as the main ‘instigator’ of the problems amongst the group and overcame her problems with help from her mother. With the remaining group members, Destiny’s Child had major success with the song "Independent Women Part I" taken from the 2001 film Charlie’s Angels, and as things turned ugly and their third album stormed to #1 in the first week, Destiny’s Child decided to go on an indefinite hiatus to pursue solo careers.
In 2002, Beyoncé went on to feature in the massive comedy film hit ‘Austin Powers in Goldmember” and got her first taste of solo success when she appeared on her then boyfriend Jay-Z’s hit single “03 Bonnie & Clyde” which was followed with her ultimate #1 album Dangerously in Love which has since sold over 11 million copies worldwide and contained the hits “Crazy in Love (feat Jay Z), “Baby Boy” and “Naught Girl” and earned her a multitude of awards. She followed up the album with her Dangerously in Love Tour, and briefly reunited with Destiny’s Child to receive the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Beyoncé went on to have further success with her second solo album “B’Day” in 2007 and was nominated for several awards, eventually winning Best Contemporary R&B Album.
During the late 2000s Beyoncé went on to marry Jay Z and carried on acting and singing, creating her ‘alter ego’ Sasha Fierce and continued to bring out hit after hit with “Single Ladies” “Halo” and “Sweet Dreams” amongst others which led to a record breaking 10 nominations of which she received the awards for Song of the Year, Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for "Single Ladies", Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Halo", Best Contemporary R&B Album, and Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance for "At Last”.
Beyoncé announced she would be taking time out of singing to concentrate on other areas of her life and parted ways with her father as business partners in January 2010 although it wasn’t long before rumours began circulating that Beyoncé would be performing at Glastonbury 2011, and she became the first woman to perform on the infamous Pyramid Stage after husband Jay Z defied critics and performed to a sold-out 2008 festival.
Beyoncé went on to announce that she was expecting their first child and gave birth to Blue Ivy on 7th January 2012.