Beyonce Knowles Biography: Her Rise to Fame

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2 Who is Beyonce

Beyonce is an American singer and songwriter. She's famous for her solo career as well as her work with Destiny's Child. She also recently took over the Superbowl Half Time Show.

 Beyonce's Childhood

Beyonce was born by her full name, Beyonce Giselle Knowles, on September 4th, 1981. She was born to Tina and Matthew Knowles in Houston, Texas. She also has a younger sister named Solange. Her parents enrolled her at St.Mary's Elementary School, which is where she started singing and dancing. After being put in Parker Elementary school, she joined the choir for the school and started performing whenever she could.

Throughout her time in school, she sang and performed anywhere she could. She even won local contests for her talents and made a name for herself in the area. Beyonce graduated from Alief Elsik High School and also sang for her local church choir as a solo singer.


Beyonce's Career

Local auditions for a singing group prompted Knowles to go audition with her friend Kelly Rowland. During their time there, they met LaTavia Roberson, who was also auditioning. All three of them were made into a group with a few other girls to make Girl's Tyme. Soon after this, the group was offered to be a part of Star Search, which was a talent show. Although they did not win, this prompted Beyonce's father to quit his job so that he could manage the singing group full time.

Unfortunately this change caused her family to struggle financially and resulted in each parent living in a separate apartment. After two girls were removed from the group, they renamed themselves Destiny's Child. Beyonce's mother even made costumes for the girls to wear when performing at various gigs. After being signed to Elektra Records, Beyonce's parents thought it best to move to Atlanta to work on the record. Unfortunately the record company cut them and the parents separated soon after. Then, in 1995, Grass Roots Entertainment signed them followed by Columbia Records signing them.

The hit "Killing Time" was the first song that Destiny's Child released in 1997, after they had signed with Columbia Records. This song actually ended up being featured on the soundtrack to the movie Men in Black. The success with this long led to the release of their album, which was named after their group. From here, they released the song "No,No,No", which won them several awards. The second album they released went multi-platinum and had several number-one hits that topped Billboard charts.

Roberson and Luckett, the other two members of Destiny's Child, eventually disagreed with the manager, which prompted him to replace them with Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. This happened right after the group won a Grammy Award, which forced Beyonce into depression for two years. After only five months in the group, Franklin left and the group consisted of just Beyonce, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland.

The group continued to record chart-topping singles and albums, but later split in 2001 so each member could pursue their own solo careers. In 2002 Beyonce made an appearance in Austin Powers in Goldmember while she recorded her first solo album. In 2003 she went on tour as a solo artist, but performed alongside other successful female artists. She continued to release albums on her own, and even went on tour with Destiny's Child after releasing their final album. In 2005 it was officially announced that the band would disband, which meant Beyonce could focus on her solo career.

Beyonce has continued to release hit albums and has even been in lead roles in several films. She's also known as "Sasha Fierce", which is her alter-ego from her third album. In 2013 Beyonce was invited to sing at the President's second inauguration and she also performed at the Super Bowl XLVII, where she took over the entire halftime show. Soon after this, she released a documentary about her life, much of which she filmed herself. Her fifth album is due to be released soon.

1 Fast Facts about Beyonce

Beyonce's Income

Beyonce brings in an estimated $40 million dollars per year, which doesn't include her husband's income.

Beyonce's Net Worth

The estimated net worth of Beyonce is around $300 million dollars.

Beyonce's Hobbies and Spending Habits

Beyonce enjoys traveling all around the world, but her busy schedule takes up a lot of her time. It was also recently reported that she purchased a private jet for her husband. She enjoys a lavish lifestyle that includes spending habits that most people could only dream about.


Beyonce's Cars

Beyonce once had a Maybach, but recently purchased a Mercedes Van to better accommodate her family.

The van is no regular vehicle, as it's equipped with a large television, an expensive sound system and a huge interior.


Beyonce's Home

Beyonce recently purchased a home with 15,000 square feet in Scarsdale, New York. She also owns a $9.3 million dollar home in Indian Creek Village in Florida.


Beyonce's Relationships

Lyndelle Lock, a chef, was Beyonce's first boyfriend. She's also been linked to Justin Timberlake, Sean Paul, Marques Houston and Pharrell. Beyonce started dating rapper Jay-Z right around the time she released her first solo album. The two kept their relationship private and they even secretly married in April 2008.


Beyonce's Children

Beyonce has one child with her husband Jay-Z. Blue Ivy Carter, their daughter, was born in New York on January 7, 2012.


Beyonce's Future

Beyonce has an extremely lucrative future, with tons of product endorsements and new music coming out well into the future. She's also currently endorsing Pepsi, which brings in millions of dollars for her each year. Her husband also owns a club in New York, which hosts celebrities frequently. In addition to this, she also has her own clothing brand that she runs with her mother. As if that wasn't enough, Beyonce and her husband are friends to Barack Obama and his wife, making them truly popular celebrities.

Beyonce will continue making headlines into the future for her businesses, movies and music. Every move her and her husband make is in the spotlight. Their net worth and success together can provide their heir with a lifetime of wealth.


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