Solange Knowles
Musician
Solange Knowles
Solange Piaget Knowles, who performs under the mononym Solange, is an American singer-songwriter, actress, model, dancer, and DJ. Knowles was born and raised in Houston, Texas along with her older sister singer Beyoncé, a former member of R&B group Destiny's Child. Showing an interest in music recording at an early age, she eventually broke into the music scene at 16. She has released two studios albums: Solo Star in 2003 and Sol-Angel and the Hadley St.
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Paris Fashion Week: Paris Fashion Week 2017: Solange Knowles, Kendall Jenner and Giant Scrunchies
NYTimes - 22 days
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Solange Just Won Her First Grammy Ever
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Beyoncé is no longer the only Grammy Award-winning Knowles out there.  Solange Knowles won the Grammy for Best R&B Performance for her song “Cranes in the Sky” at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday. On Twitter, Solange expressed her gratitude for the award, and said if she was allowed to give a speech, she would have noted that black women “ARE grammys.” Thank you for your well wishes. Gratitude. If I would've gotten to accept this, I would've said black girls/women ARE grammys mothafuckaaaa pic.twitter.com/Pm1LncrIAo — solange knowles (@solangeknowles) February 13, 2017 The song that earned Solange a statue was the single off of her 2016 album “A Seat at the Table,” which reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 last October, making it her first No. 1 album. Solange beat out Rihanna, Musiq Soulchild, Ro James and BJ The Chicago Kid for the award. It was her first Grammy award and nomination. Solange still has a ways to go before she ...
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We, Too, Sing America: 17 Songs That Reflect On Being Black In America
Huffington Post - about 1 month
Music has always been a sacred outlet of expression for black Americans. From singers like Nina Simone to Marvin Gaye, music made by black artists can provide a unique perspective on the meaning of being black in America. Songs like Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” which bemoans racist lynchings in the South, and Lauryn Hill’s “Black Rage,” which captures the many sources of black frustrations, echo tales of injustice, despondency and rage. In fact, it was Simone who said that “an artist’s duty is to reflect the times.” And she certainly wasn’t alone in her pursuance of that mission. So in honor of the musicians that used their music to amplify the struggles of black Americans, we’ve compiled a list of 17 songs that sing truth to the black experience.  Billie Holiday — “Strange Fruit”  Sam Cooke — “A Change Is Gonna Come”  Curtis Mayfield — “Keep On Pushing”  Nina Simone — “Why? (The King Of Love Is Dead)” ...
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Young Women Of Color Encouraged To Contribute To Solange-Inspired Syllabus
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Last year, Solange Knowles gave the world, notably black women, a powerful gift with “A Seat at the Table,” which Rolling Stone called “a record about black survival in 2016” — and her influence isn’t stopping there. According to an announcement on the Saint Heron website, Knowles’ music will serve as inspiration for a crowd-sourced syllabus focusing on issues relating to racism, self-love, gender and sexuality. Women are encouraged to submit work to the syllabus on a website dedicated to the project, which will be led by Wake Forest professor and Elle magazine editor-at-large Melissa Harris-Perry. The Saint Heron site reads: Women between the ages of 16-30 are now being asked to share their stories using texts, music, and visual art that speak to their personal experiences. These submissions will contribute to a Solange inspired syllabus. Solange’s album uncovers many truths and speaks freely on issues that directly affect women of color and it is time for all of us to j ...
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The Best Hair Tips You Can Steal From Celebrity Stylists
Huffington Post - 2 months
For Glamour, by Deanna Pai. It’s awards season again. And while La La Land was good and all (or so we’re guessing from those seven Golden Globe wins), we’re also here for the celebrity hairstyles. So far, this year has delivered. Forget the sleek, simple style of years past (or, you know, 2016). With two shows on the circuit now checked off, we’ve already seen a mixed bag of really cool looks. Example A: At the 2017 Golden Globes, Gal Gadot opted for a twisted ponytail, while Reese Witherspoon went with a modern chignon — which is wild, since she tends to play it safe on the red carpet. Example B: Blake Lively’s waves at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards (and, OK, really anywhere.) The brains behind all these looks? The stylists, of course, since it takes more than a pair of scissors to make hair red-carpet-worthy. That’s why this awards season we’re asking top celebrity hairstylists to tell us their go-to red-carpet tricks that don’t require a master’s in glam-squad-ography. ...
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What to Do Instead of Watching Trump’s Inauguration
NYTimes - 2 months
Ellen Burstyn, Solange Knowles, artists, composers and others offer people who don’t want to think about politics different options for the weekend.
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29 Of The Most Powerful Pieces Of Writing By Women In 2016
Huffington Post - 3 months
There were moments during 2016 where it was easy to wonder whether women were valued at all in this country. When a serial sexual predator can become the president of the United States, do women’s voices and stories even matter? But even in those darkest moments, we could count on those voices and stories to pull us all through.  Moving into the next year, lifting up quality journalism ― specifically quality journalism written by women and members of other marginalized groups ― will be all the more vital.  To that end, for the fifth year in a row, we’ve curated a list of pieces that made an impact on us as readers over the last calendar year. To make the list, an article had to be (1) published in 2016, (2) written by a woman and (3) be available online. Below are 29 pieces of writing (though by no means is this an exhaustive list) to put on your reading list ASAP. They will make you think, laugh, cry ― alternately break your heart and put it back together again. Remember: ...
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Why Are We So Surprised That Young Women Care About Politics?
Huffington Post - 3 months
Women have been reminded yet again that they are still expected to stay in their lane. This weekend, freelance journalist and Teen Vogue Weekend Editor Lauren Duca published an op-ed with the outlet called “Donald Trump Is Gaslighting America.” The response to Duca’s piece was frustratingly condescending.  Her piece, which defines “gas lighting” and points out the many ways in which Trump has used it as a technique in his politics, caused an uproar online. Duca herself and Teen Vogue in general were criticized on social media, and many wondered why a magazine that covers fashion and pop culture would dare to “get political.”  Those are some big words for a magazine about hairstyles and celebrity gossip. https://t.co/dLSyASdtbj — Ashley Rae (@Communism_Kills) December 11, 2016 One commenter on Teen Vogue’s Facebook page wrote, “Since when does a magazine that focuses on teenaged girl’s love life have the audacity to write about politics. Trying to sway teen ...
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Don't Touch My Son's Hair
Huffington Post - 5 months
"What you say to me?" -- Solange Knowles If you would have told me three years ago that today, I would voluntarily spend my free time with a baby laying on my chest scrolling through YouTube to watch cartoons and "Sesame Street," I would have told you that you were a liar and ya mama only uses one egg in her cornbread. But here we are. "Sesame Street" was one of my favorite childhood shows. When my son was born one year ago, I couldn't wait to share in some of my favorite books and programming that helped to shape me during my youth with him. As the parent of a young Black boy, it is important to me that he sees people who look like him reading books, enjoying the process of learning and expressing joy. Fortunately, "Sesame Street" has always and continues to dedicate itself to proportionate representation of people of color throughout its programming and merchandising. It's the only place on television where you can watch Usher sing the ABC's with Elmo, Bruno Mars sing ab ...
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Beyoncé bleeds on stage and 7 more highlights from Tidal X
Yahoo News - 5 months
You're in good hands when Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj are around to perform, tell you what to do and even bleed rather than interrupt the show. Name a more iconic duo. Minaj and Bey returned for the second annual Tidal X concert Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn along with Blood Orange, Alicia Keys and Tip (T.I.), among other performers.  SEE ALSO: Solange Knowles' new album is a meditative exploration on being black in America The event, which first kicked off last year, brings Jay Z-approved acts together in partnership to raise money for the non-profit organization Robin Hood to help fund music education in New York City.  Here are eight of the most unforgettable moments from Tidal X: 1015 (as it was officially called), including a dangerous wardrobe malfunction and some strong words about the threat of a Trump administration.  1. Prince Royce's aggressive charm Prince Royce repped the Bronx with his Latin R&B. After performing his cover of "Stand by Me," he actually passe ...
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Solange Knowles takes seat at top of Billboard chart
Reuters.com - 6 months
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Singer Solange Knowles, sister of R&B star Beyonce, topped the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 chart on Monday for the first time, with her latest album, "A Seat at the Table," edging out new records from Bon Iver and Van Morrison.
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Solange Knowles: She's more than just Beyonce's sister
CNN - 6 months
Solange Knowles is more than just Beyonce's little sister. But like Queen Bey, Solange now has a number one album.
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5-Year-Old Channels Solange Knowles For Perfectly Recreated Album Cover
Huffington Post - 6 months
Solange Knowles has a mini-me in the making, and she’s recreating her latest album cover in style. Five-year-old Ahnari recently channeled her inner Solange and put her own twist on looks inspired by the singer’s latest album, “A Seat at the Table.” Ahnari’s mom, Michaela Lemoine, took photos of Ahnari recreating the album’s cover and two looks from Knowles’ video “Cranes in the Sky.” Lemoine teamed up with Ahnari’s sister and aunt to complete the looks. Before her daughter took on Knowles’ album cover, the mom from Miami had her “have a seat at the table, literally” to put a little bit of natural makeup on her to look like Knowles’.  When you're a toddler but feeling #solangeknowles #aseatatthetable by @saintrecords Album out Now on Tidal @Tidal #naturalhairdontcare #longhairdontcaree #teamnaturalkids #teamnaturalcurls #modelbehavior #kidmodels #kidmodelsearch #kidmodels #kidmodel #kidsphotographer #kidsphotography #kidsfashionblogger #kidsfashionblog #kidsfash ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Solange Knowles
    TWENTIES
  • 2016
    Age 29
    On her thirtieth birthday, she stated that she completed A Seat at the Table, her third studio album (fourth overall) three days before her birthday, on 21 June 2016.
    More Details Hide Details The album was released on September 30, 2016. Knowles cites as her influences Motown girl groups such as The Supremes and The Marvelettes, and Martha Reeves, lead singer of Martha and the Vandellas. She also listened to the music of English pop singer Dusty Springfield, and according to Knowles, her "greatest music influence" is her mother, Tina Knowles, who was a one-time member of the 1960s harmony group The Veltones. Knowles says her first passion is writing songs. Her early writings were vastly inspired by the writing style of French poet Paul Verlaine. She has been doing this since she was nine years old, and has collaborated with a number of songwriters and producers. On her debut album, Knowles had no control over which kinds of music to produce, because "when you're 14, everyone else is older and more seasoned and you trust their decisions". Knowles was more concerned with pleasing her record label by submitting to their desires. Her musical influences were better expressed on Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, when she considered herself mature and was able to write and produce songs as she wished, without worrying about the expectations of others. Knowles' lyrics tackle relationships, world issues, and deceased friends, with her second album focusing on events in her life, such as marriage, divorce, and parenthood. The album touched upon a variety of genres including pop-soul, psychedelic soul, electronica, and R&B.
  • 2015
    Age 28
    In July 2015, Knowles announced that her third studio album was nearly complete, and that she was laying low on the performance side until her new music was complete, however she made an exception performing at the FYF festival.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after, she announced that she sprained her ankle. In an interview, she said that she sprained it as she was walking down the stairs, she took a misstep and landed on the side of her foot. She kept it wrapped for a month.
    On May 15, 2015 Knowles performed a new song at an HBO-sponsored event.
    More Details Hide Details The song, entitled "Rise", is inspired by police killings in Ferguson and Baltimore and the subsequent protests. The song is expected to feature on her upcoming album and is a funk song that utilizes synth. The following day Knowles revealed she has written twenty-four songs for her third studio album; the songs were written to piano, with Knowles structuring them on her own before finding the producers to finish them.
  • 2014
    Age 27
    On November 16, 2014, Knowles married music video director Alan Ferguson in New Orleans, Louisiana.
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    On November 16, 2014, Knowles married music video director Alan Ferguson in New Orleans, Louisiana.
    More Details Hide Details Knowles was born in Houston, Texas, to Mathew Knowles and Tina Knowles. Solange's older sister is singer Beyoncé. Her father, originally from Alabama, is African American, and her mother, originally from south Louisiana, is Creole (with African, Native American, French, and 1/32nd Irish ancestry). Her maternal grandparents are Lumis Beyincé and Agnéz Deréon, (a seamstress). She is also a descendant of Acadian leader Joseph Broussard. As a child, Knowles studied dance and theater. At the age of five, she made her singing debut at an amusement park. She began writing songs at the age of nine. At 13, she decided to pursue recording, but her parents initially advised her to wait. At the age of 15 Knowles replaced a departed dancer and performed with her sister's group Destiny's Child on tour. During the group's opening stint for American pop singer Christina Aguilera's tour, Knowles temporarily replaced Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland after Kelly broke her toes backstage during a costume change. When Knowles was 16, her father, who was then also her manager, signed her to his recording company, Music World Entertainment along with Columbia.
  • 2013
    Age 26
    On November 11, 2013, Knowles' record label released its first compilation album, Saint Heron.
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    On May 14, 2013, Knowles announced that she had launched her own record label named Saint Records, which she will be using to release her third full-length album and future music projects distributed through Sony.
    More Details Hide Details Solange also collaborated with The Lonely Island on the song "Semicolon" which was featured as part of YouTube's Comedy Week and is featured on The Lonely Island's album, The Wack Album.
  • 2012
    Age 25
    On October 24, 2012, Knowles held a listening party in New York City for her EP True, released for digital download on iTunes November 27, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details The CD and vinyl was made available January 8, 2013. Following the EP's release, Solange appeared on the cover of The FADER magazine's 84th issue.
    In September 2012, Solange released a teaser video for "Losing You", which was announced as the lead single from her third studio album.
    More Details Hide Details This release marked Solange's first release as a signee of the independent label Terrible Records. The video was shot in Cape Town, South Africa in early September 2012. Knowles revealed in an interview that her mother Tina Knowles had paid for Solange and her friends to fly out and record the video as her birthday gift.
  • 2010
    Age 23
    In an interview with Vibe on July 7, 2010, Knowles said she suffered "a little bit of a breakdown" while recording her new album: "I literally gave up my sanity for a while to do this record.
    More Details Hide Details We literally were waking up in the morning and just making music all day and all night. It just started to wear on me in so many different ways. I started having these crazy panic attacks." Knowles explained how she made sacrifices "mentally, emotionally and financially", and continued, "It's more than an album to me. It's a transitional time in my life." Regarding the musical direction of the album, she said the inspiration came from new wave and stated, "This is a dance record, but the lyrics can get pretty dark at times." The singer has also worked on songs with Chromeo and long-time collaborator Pharrell Williams.
    On May 7, 2010, Knowles made a guest appearance on the popular children show, Yo Gabba Gabba! for a "Mothers Day Special" where she performed an original song called "Momma Loves Baby".
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  • 2009
    Age 22
    Knowles had planned to release the album in summer as revealed on her official Twitter account in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details She also revealed on her Twitter account that she rented a house in Santa Barbara, California to get into a certain state of mind while writing and making music.
    In an interview with MTV in 2009, Knowles revealed that she was determining the type of sound for the follow-up to Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams.
    More Details Hide Details Knowles also parted ways with the Interscope-Geffen-A&M record label group. She would now release her third studio album independently. Early in 2010, Knowles traveled to Australia to work with Australian rock band, Midnight Juggernauts on her third studio album.
  • 2008
    Age 21
    In support of the album, Knowles began the Solange Presents Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams Tour in Britain in November 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Knowles announced, via her blog HadleyStreetJournal.com, that she would be releasing a series of mixtapes to coincide with the album. The first mixtape, I Can't Get Clearance, includes the leaked track "Fuck the Industry (Signed Sincerely)". On this record, Knowles expressed her views on the current state of the music industry. The lyrics to the song name check some major artists such as Mary J. Blige, Ashanti, Keyshia Cole, and Beyoncé, although she made a point of stating that it does not have "a negative light to any of them". The mixtape was never released, but Solange released "Fuck the Industry (Signed Sincerely)" as a single in 2010.
    After the divorce, Knowles returned to Houston to begin working on her second album. Knowles renewed her management, signing a record deal with Geffen and a publishing deal with EMI. Knowles finished working on her second studio album in 2008 and titled the project Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams.
    More Details Hide Details It includes production by CeeLo Green, Soulshock & Karlin and Mark Ronson as well as an appearance by Bilal. A collection of 1960s- and 1970s-influenced songs, it is seen as a departure from her pop-oriented debut, with what Billboard magazine called "more of a modern twist on hip-hop and R&B flecked with tinges of blues and jazz". The album was released on August 26, 2008 in the United States. By December 2008, the album had sold over 114,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album was positively received by critics, some of whom considered it far better than her debut. The album's lead single, "I Decided", was released in April 2008, and reached the top of the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart; Rolling Stone magazine labelled it her breakthrough single.
    Knowles earned the R&B and Hip-Hop Song accolade for "Get Me Bodied" at the 2008 ASCAP Awards.
    More Details Hide Details She had also written songs for Destiny's Child, and members Rowland and Michelle Williams. In 2004, while pregnant with son Daniel, she made a cameo appearance in Destiny's Child's music video for "Soldier".
  • 2007
    Age 20
    In October 2007, Solange confirmed in an interview with Essence magazine that she and Smith had divorced.
    More Details Hide Details They co-parent the child. After the divorce, Knowles and her child moved to Los Angeles, California, where they established their new home. In August 2013, Knowles announced that she and her son were moving to New Orleans, Louisiana. On May 12, 2014, TMZ released security video footage of Solange physically assaulting brother-in-law Jay-Z and being restrained by a security guard in an elevator at The Standard, High Line in Manhattan, following the 2014 Met Gala. Jay-Z remained passive and did not retaliate while Solange's sister Beyoncé, who was also present, did not react to either party throughout the altercation. The footage and story went viral, however the reason for the altercation remains unknown.
    In 2007, Knowles divorced Smith and moved to Los Angeles, California, beginning to write and record music again.
    More Details Hide Details Her second studio album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams (2008) deviated from the pop-oriented music of her debut to the Motown Sound of the 1960s and 1970s. It peaked at number 9 on US Billboard 200 and received positive reviews from critics. She followed this up with the 1980s pop/R&B–inspired extended play True (2012) and her third studio album, A Seat at the Table (2016) on Columbia Records and her imprint Saint Records. Knowles is heavily influenced by Motown girl groups and says that her first passion is songwriting. She has been recognised as a fashion icon and has received frequent comparisons to sister Beyoncé from the media, although insists they have different aspirations and are musically different. Her other ventures include an endorsement deal with Rimmel London and a line of hip-hop-oriented merchandise for young children, which was inspired by her son.
  • TEENAGE
  • 2006
    Age 19
    In 2006, she starred as a cheerleading captain in the film Bring It On: All or Nothing, the third installment of the Bring It On series, alongside American actress and singer Hayden Panettiere.
    More Details Hide Details What little critical reaction the low-budget, direct-to-DVD movie got was negative, and Knowles was described as an "affordable young starlet". Knowles uses her full name for her acting, rather than just the first name she uses when singing; for Bring It On: All or Nothing, she was billed as Solange Knowles-Smith, reflecting her married state at the time. After the release of her debut album, Knowles started acting in films followed by a career break. While she was married, her family moved to Idaho, and, while staying there, resumed writing songs including the singles "Get Me Bodied" and "Upgrade U" from her sister's second solo album, B'Day.
  • 2004
    Age 17
    On October 18, 2004, Knowles gave birth to their son, Daniel Julez Judo Smith, Jr. Knowles has partly expressed regret that she bore a child at an early age, but calls her son the greatest unplanned blessing.
    More Details Hide Details A song she wrote for her baby, "6 O'Clock Blues", was included on Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams. After Daniel Julez's birth, the family moved to Moscow, Idaho, where Knowles' husband continued studying in college.
    Knowles married Daniel Smith in February 2004 when she was 17 and he was 19.
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    Knowles appeared as a nubile teenager in the 2004 comedy film Johnson Family Vacation, starring alongside American actors Cedric the Entertainer, Vanessa Williams and Bow Wow.
    More Details Hide Details She provided a song for its soundtrack—"Freedom", a collaboration with the Houston-based funk-jazz band Drop Trio. Although the reviews were generally negative, Knowles earned praise from Variety magazine: "Solange Knowles is nearly as dazzling as big sister Beyoncé and does little more than smile winningly in her first bigscreen outing."
    In 2004, she guest starred in the episode "The Catch" of the sitcom One on One.
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    In 2004, Knowles married Daniel Smith, eventually giving birth to their son Daniel Julez J. Smith Jr., which prompted a move to Idaho.
    More Details Hide Details Between 2005 and 2007, Knowles had several minor acting roles, including the direct-to-video Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006) and continued writing music for Beyoncé and ex-Destiny's Child band members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.
  • 2003
    Age 16
    In June 2003, Mathew Knowles excitedly announced that he was considering adding Solange to Destiny's Child when the group reunited in 2004, thus turning them into a quartet for the first time since short-lived member Farrah Franklin left in 2000.
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    Solo Star was released on January 21, 2003 in the United States, where it debuted at number 49 on the Billboard 200 and reached number 23 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
    More Details Hide Details Solo Star had a mixed critical reception: William Ruhlmann of AllMusic called it a "state-of-the-art contemporary R&B album", but deemed Knowles "lost somewhere in the mix". By mid-2008, the album had sold 112,000 copies domestically according to Nielsen SoundScan.
  • 2002
    Age 15
    In 2002, she lent her voice for the character Chanel, the cousin of the protagonist Penny Proud, in the episode "Behind Family Lines" to the animated television series The Proud Family.
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    In 2002, she was featured on Lil Romeo's second studio album Game Time, singing portions of Luther Vandross-penned "So Amazing" on the single "True Love", and on Rowland's debut solo album Simply Deep, for which she also wrote the title track and "Alone".
    More Details Hide Details In 2001 she also appeared as Lil' Bow Wow's date in the music video for his single "Puppy Love". She also made an appearance on The Master of Disguise soundtrack and made cameos in Play's video for "M.A.S.T.E.R. (Part II)" featuring Lil' Fizz.
    She also was a featured performer on "Hey Goldmember" for the soundtrack to the 2002 film Austin Powers in Goldmember, as well as a backup singer on the track "Little Drummer Boy" on her sister's group's 2001 holiday album 8 Days of Christmas.
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  • 2001
    Age 14
    Managed by her father Mathew, Knowles' first time into the music business was in 2001 as the lead singer, backed with Destiny's Child, on the title theme song for the animated television series The Proud Family.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1986
    Born
    Born on June 24, 1986.
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