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Destiny's Child Biography

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Members:

  • Beyoncé Knowles
  • Kelly Rowland
  • Michelle Williams
  • Formerly: LeToya Luckett, LaTavia Robertson, Farrah Franklin

Destiny's Child Gets Its Start

Destiny's Child began when eight-year-old Beyoncé Knowles met LaTavia Robertson while auditioning for a kids singing group in Houston. Beyoncé Knowles, LaTavia Robertson and LaToya Luckett were later recruited by Music World's Management, Matthew Knowles, who also happens to be Beyoncé's father. Kelly Rowland joined the girls in 1992 - the same year they competed in Star Search. Instead of showing off their incredible vocal harmonies on the show, they rapped!

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Pssst! Want to know what they Beyoncé and Kelly looked like as kids? Take a peek at the video for "Grown Woman," which uses real footage of them as young performers!                                                                                       

 

Destiny's Child Gets Their Big Break

Destiny's Child's first album, entitled Destiny's Child, spawned their 1996 hit "No, No, No." A few months after the release of thier second album, The Writing's On The Wall, LaTavia Robertson and LeToya Luckett left the group because of problems with their management. They were then replaced by Michelle Williams and dancer Farrah Franklin. But it wasn't long until Farrah Franklin kinda disappeared. Farrah Franklin stopped showing up for promotional stuff and the group announced that she had "moved on."

Despite the revolving members, 1999's The Writing's On the Wall really made people take notice. The CD included popular dance hits like "Say My Name," "Bills,Bills,Bills" and "Jumpin' Jumpin'." In 2000, Destiny's Child had a hit on the Charlie's Angels Soundtrack with "Independent Woman Part 1" and their success continued with 2001's disc, Survivor.

"Bills, Bills, Bills," was one of Destiny's first hits, check it out!                                                                                

 

Destiny Fulfilled

After the release of Survivor, the girls took a break from Destiny's Child and recorded albums on their own. Of all three girls, Beyoncé's solo career turned out to be the most successful. Her album Dangerously in Love, released in 2003, had chart-topping hits like "Crazy in Love," "Naughty Girl" and "Baby Boy." Despite her appeal on her own, Beyoncé rejoined Kelly and Michelle in 2004 to release another Destiny's Child disc - Destiny Fulfilled.

To this day Beyoncé continues to be the most successful former DC member, although Kelly Rowland has had an active career in pop music as well, and Michelle Williams moved out of pop and into gospel music for good. The former members remain friends to this day (especially Beyoncé and Kelly!)

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Did You Know?

  • The name of the Destiny's Child disc, Survivor, was inspired by a DJ's comments about the band voting each other out, much like the popular CBS show.
  • Kelly Rowland got married in March 2005 to Dallas Cowboys star, Roy Williams.
  • Michelle Williams released her third gospel album around Christmas 2004.
  • Beyonce Knowles is classically trained as an opera singer.

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