Stefanie Schreiber


Beyonce Knowles was born September 4th 1981 in Houston, Texas. Today she is mostly known as a singer, song writer, record producer and actress. She lived a rather normal childhood and was brought up in conditions where the ability to succeed in her dream of being a singer was at her fingertips. Her father, Mathew Knowles was a record manager and her mother Tina Beyince was a costume designer and hair stylist.

As a young girl Beyonce had shown passion in music and dance. She was asked to be a soloist at her local church and attended St. Mary's Elementary School in Texas where she enrolled in a few dance classes. Her talents were first discovered in these classes by her instructor. When Beyonce was 7 she won a talent show singing "Imagine" by John Lennon. Later, Beyonce attended a high school for the performing and visual arts in hopes to pursue her dream in the music world. Aside from school, Beyonce had formed a group with a few childhood friends LaTavia Roberson, Kelly Rowland and Letoya Luckett. There group was called Girls Tyme and was managed by Beyonce's father, Mathew, who left his job to devote all of his time to the group. The group later changed their name to "Destiny's Child."

Like many other popstar groups there was a lot of conflict and turmoil within the group so it eventually caused Letoya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson to leave the group and start their own singing careers. The break up caused Beyonce to fall into a depression, not only from the loss of two close friends but from the endless media attention of the group break up. She didn't know who to turn to, or who her real friends were. "Now that I was famous, I was afraid I'd never find somebody again to love me for me. I was afraid of making new friends.".(Johnson) Michelle Williams was then added to the group and the three girls became the new and final "Destiny's Child." In 1997 the girls were signed by Colombia Records. They became "top-selling R&B/pop ensembles of the new millennium, with four Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles, several top ten hits and no less than two number One albums." (Bowles) Destinys Child had several successful albums such as "Destiny's Child", "The Writings on the Wall" and "Survivor". A year after their final album Survivor hit the market, Destiny's Child decided to take a break to work on their own individual side projects, at this point they were one of the most famous female groups of their time.

While parted from Destiny's Child, Beyonce was able to show her true talent as an individual. She was now not only becoming a star for her voice but for her acting as well. She appeared in an MTV movie called Carmen: A Hip Hopera in 2001. She also took a major role in the movie Austin Powers in Goldmember with Mike Myers in 2002. Beyonce's first solo single, "Work it Out" was used in the movie as well. In 2003, she released her debut solo album; "Dangerously in Love" it became number one on the Billboard 200.

Later in 2004 the girls came back together to create another album called "Destiny Fulfilled". The album was number 2 on the Billboard 200. The girls went on tour for the album in 2005 and at a show in Barcelona, Spain they announced their decision to break up Destiny's Child for good. Soon after that they created one last album "#1's" that contained all their greatest hits. This was the last album ever released by Destiny's Child.

It was now time for Beyonce to embark on her own career again. She quickly moved back into acting. She worked with Steve Martin in the movie The Pink Panther, which released in 2006. In late 2006 she starred in the movie Dream Girls. This role was perfect for Beyonce because she was able to use her singing and acting talents. She was nominated for two Golden Globe Awards. After the completion of Dream Girls, Beyonce was quick to move to her second album, "B'Day." The album was released in 2007 on Beyonce's 25th birthday. First week sales were well over 500,000 copies, which were the most copies Beyonce has ever sold as a soloist in first week of sales.

More recently, Beyonce released her third album "I amů.Sasha Fierce" in November 2008. She will be going on tour this spring and making performances in Europe, the America's, Asia, Africa and Oceania. She was also chosen to sing for President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle for their first dance as President and First Lady at the Inaugural Ball.

Beyonce has come a long way from simply singing in her local church choir, to being the lead in a famous girls group and finally her individual fame with current earnings of over $80 million per year. Her road to fame has been a long one, literally almost all of her life, and she will continue to impress the world with her talents and abilities to succeed.

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Johnson, Caitlin A. "Beyonce On Love, Depression And Reality." CBS News. 13 Dec. 2006. 21 Jan. 2009. http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/12/13/entertainment/main2258069.shtml