Today is Beyoncé’s birthday, and the world is celebrating the ‘Queen’ of music.
Beyoncé was born and raised in Houston, Texas.
Her singing talent was reportedly discovered when her dance instructor Darlette Johnson began humming a song and she finished it, able to hit the high-pitched notes.
She won her first talent show at the age of 7, and that propelled her interest in music and performing.
Below a video of Beyoncé performing at the talent show:
Beyoncé later teamed up with her best friend Kelly Rowland and four other girls – LaTavia, Nina, Nikki and Ashley to form the group, Girls Tyme. They participated in the “Star Search” talent show, which they failed to win.
The group’s failure to win the talent show, forced Beyoncé’s father, Matthew Knowles, to quit his job to manage them full time.
In 1995, the line-up for the group was reduced to four – Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Robertson and LaToya Luckett.
Below a video of the group performing:
The group later adopted the name Destiny’s Child, which was reportedly suggested by Beyoncé’s mom Tina Knowles.
The group signed was signed by Columbia Records after their deal with Elektra Records ended. They released their debut album, Destiny’s Child, in 1998, which established the group as a viable act in the music industry, with moderate sales and winning the group three Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards for Best R&B/Soul Album of the Year, Best R&B/Soul or Rap New Artist, and Best R&B/Soul Single for No, No, No.
Below is a video of Beyoncé granting an interview at the age of 16:
Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams, then became the substantive members of the group, after the other girls left. The trio went on to become the most recognised members of Destiny’s Child.
They recorded hits like Bootylicious and Independent Women, which appeared on the soundtrack to the 2000 film Charlie’s Angels.
At age 22, Beyoncé decided to “take a break” from Destiny’s Child.
In 2003 she released her first solo album, Dangerously In Love, which had hits like Me, Myself, and I and Crazy In Love.
Below’s a video of Beyoncé at her 21st birthday party:
Beyoncé released her second solo album B’Day was released on September 4, 2006, to coincide with her 25th birthday.
She later released I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008), 4 (2011), Beyoncé (2013), Lemonade (2016).
In 2011, after Beyoncé’s performance at the MTV Video Music Awards, she revealed that she and Jay-Z were expecting a baby.
Blue Ivy Carter was born on January 7, 2012.
Beyoncé is also a fashion goddess. Her fashion sense is top-notch, and she never gets it wrong on the red carpet.
She is also an absolute top performer. Beyoncé’s devotion to her craft and her awe inspiring performances have aligned her with timeless iconic creators such as Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, and Prince.
On June 13, 2017, she gave birth to fraternal twins. Rumi and Sir Carter, after only revealing that she was pregnant four months earlier.
Aside from music, Beyoncé has also made a name for herself as an actress, a philanthropist, and a business woman.
Beyoncé is the founder of her own music production company Parkwood Entertainment and the activewear brand IVY Park.
Facts sourced from Wikipedia and NowThis Entertainment.
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