Beyoncé Giselle Knowles was born on September 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas. Beyoncé was educated at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Fredericksburg, Texas, where she enrolled in dance classes. Her singing talent was discovered when dance instructor Darlette Johnson began humming a song and she finished it, hitting the high-pitched notes.
Beyoncé’s interest in music and performing continued after winning a school talent show at age seven, singing John Lennon’s “Imagine” beating 15 and 16-year-olds. Kelly Rowland, and two classmates, Beyoncé formed an all-female singing group.
Her father, Matthew Knowles, served as the band’s manager. The group went through some name and line-up changes before landing a record deal in 1997 with Columbia Records.
Destiny’s Child soon became one of the most popular R&B acts, with the release of their first, self-titled album. She also attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts and later Alief Elsik High School.Beyoncé was also a member of the choir at St. John’s United Methodist Church as a soloist for two years.
In July 2002, Beyoncé continued her acting career playing Foxxy Cleopatra alongside Mike Myers in the comedy film, Austin Powers in Goldmember,which spent its first weekend atop the US box office and grossed $73 million.
Beyoncé released “Work It Out” as the lead single from its soundtrack album which entered the top ten in the UK, Norway, and Belgium. In 2003, Beyoncé starred opposite Cuba Gooding, Jr., in the musical comedy The Fighting Temptations as Lilly, a single mother whom Gooding’s character falls in love with.
The film received mixed reviews from critics but grossed $30 million in the U.S.Beyoncé released “Fighting Temptation” as the lead single from the film’s soundtrack album, with Missy Elliott, MC Lyte, and Free which was also used to promote the film.
Her first solo album Dangerously in Love was released on June 24, 2003, after Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland had released their solo efforts.The album sold 317,000 copies in its first week and debuted atop the Billboard 200.
As of 2012 it remains Beyoncé’s best-selling album, with 11 million copies sold worldwide.The albums lead single, “Crazy in Love”, featuring Jay-Z, became Beyoncé’s first number-one single as a solo artist in the US.
At the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards she won the Video of the Year award and allowed Taylor Swift to finish her acceptance speech for Best Female Video after Kanye West interrupted her.
According to her husband Jay-Z’s song “Glory”, dedicated to their newborn daughter Blue Ivy Carter, Knowles suffered a miscarriage prior to falling pregnant with Blue Ivy.
But giving birth to Blue Ivy Carter in January 2012 didn’t slow her down. Within a few months, she was performing in Atlantic City, and she later appeared at President Barack Obama’s second inauguration. Joined by Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland, she headlined the Super Bowl XLVII halftime show.
Life is but a Dream, a documentary, first aired on HBO in February 2013, and was followed by appearances on albums by Rowland, the-Dream, and Jay-Z. New material, such as “Bow Down” and “Standing on the Sun,” trickled out with no appropriate discharge.