Beyonce Knowles Biography

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Ask Beyonce what she wants people to hear when they listen to Dangerously In Love, her debut solo album, and the multi-platinum-selling pop/urban recording artist answers, "My range. I want them to hear all of the musical influences from hip-hop to rock to jazz, there's even a Shuggie Otis sample. I want them to really hearthe talent. I know that folks love me as a pop star. Now I want them to understand me as an artist."

That they will. Musically challenging and lyrically honest, Dangerously In Love is more than just a solo CD from a superstar. It is everything you'd expect from Beyonce and more than you could have hoped for. Another side of someone we've loved for years, Dangerously In Love is equally divided between seductive mid-tempos, lush ballads and fiery club bangers, providing a sharp focus on who Beyonce is right now: as a performer, as a woman, and as a creative force to be reckoned with. The vibe is more mature, more playful, more deeply passionate and sexually aggressive. Dangerously In Love is the sound of a grown woman clearly staking her claim in the world and, in the process, redefining expectations of who she is.

A 21-year-old Houston native, Beyonce Knowles is a founding member and chief songwriter of Destiny's Child, one of the biggest selling female acts of all time. With many of the group's hit songs co-written and co-produced by Beyonce, Destiny's Child has sold more than 33 million records worldwide. When Beyonce won the 2001 ASCAP Pop Songwriter Of The Year Award, she became the first African-American woman -- and the second woman ever -- to receive that honor.

Led by founding members Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland, Destiny's Child burst on the scene in 1997 with their multi-platinum single, "No, No, No," from their self-titled album. That success was dwarfed when Destiny's Child's The Writing's On The Wall was released in 1999. The album would go on to sell more than 10 million copies worldwide, driven in part by three Top 10 hits: "Jumpin, Jumpin," "Say My Name" and "Bills, Bills, Bills," which spent 9 weeks at #1 on the Billboard RandB singles chart.

A year after Michelle Williams joined Destiny's Child in 2000, the group recorded Survivor, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Survivor was certified double platinum four weeks after its release and has gone on to sell more than nine million copies worldwide. In 2001 Destiny's Child took home two Grammy awards: Best RandB song ("Say My Name") and Best RandB performance by a Duo or Group ("Say My Name"). Destiny's Child has won numerous other awards, among them Billboard Artist of the year, NAACP Image Awards, American Music Awards, Nickelodeon Kid's Choice and The Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year at the Soul Train Awards. The group has toured worldwide and performed at many high profile events including The Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Concert Special and the Concert For New York City.

Given the fact that the general public is so familiar with chart-topping songs such as "Say My Name," "Independent Woman, Part I" and "Survivor," it's fair to enquire how Dangerously In Love differs from a Destiny's Child project. "Naturally the songs on my album are going to share some similarities," Beyonce admits. "But this time because I only had to write for myself, my songs are much more personal. I also wanted beats that were harder and to be able to collaborate with other people. Basically this record was a chance for me to grow as a writer and a singer. There are more ballads. The vocals aren't as precisely produced and because it's just me, there aren't as many harmonies. The experience was very liberating and therapeutic. I felt free, because I could go into the studio and talk about whatever I wanted, but in many ways it was actually harder to be on my own creatively. I depend so much on Destiny's Child (Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams) to tell me if they like something or not. I'm so critical of myself that it's scary to have to depend on your own instincts."

Helping Beyonce trust those instincts are an impressive array of musical collaborators, among them Missy Elliot, Jay-Z, Sean Paul, Mark Batson, Mario Winans, D-Roy and Mr. B, OutKast's Big Boi, Rich Harrison, Fanatic, Scott Storch, and the legendary Luther Vandross on "The Closer I Get To You." Beyonce shares co-executive producer credits on Dangerously In Love with her father and manager Mathew Knowles. She took an active role in all aspects of the album: from writing and choosing material to producing, mastering and mixing the tracks. Beyonce pays tribute to her father on the hidden bonus track, "Daddy," which was produced by Beyonce and Mark Batson.

The sexy first single, "Crazy In Love," featuring Jay-Z, was co-produced by Beyonce and Rich Harrison. Jay-Z returns the favor for Beyonce's part on his hit "Bonnie and Clyde 03." With a beat that Beyonce says is "so hard it makes your heart hurt!," "Crazy In Love" is about that moment when you realize you're falling into love and looking crazy but you simply don't care. The abandon continues on "Speechless," produced by Fanatic. "As soon as I heard the track it inspired me," she admits. "It's very sexy, very sensual. The sort of ballad that I've never done before. This song is definitely a population increaser!"

Laced with an Arabic ambience, fused with a ghetto-fied edge and encompassing a sample from Donna Summer's "Love to Love You Baby," "Naughty Girl" is uptempo and party perfect: a sexy fantasy about having that one night where you lose all your inhibitions, head to theclub and work it like a naughty girl. "Many of the songs on the album examine aspects of relationships, and this is one element."

Also sexy is the dancehall-Arabic flavored "Baby Boy," featuring the red hot Sean Paul. "I knew Sean had to be on my album because I love his approach," she says. "'Baby Boy' is another song about a fantasy and it's one of my favorites."

Such unabashed and upfront emotions might come as a surprise to long time fans but make no mistake, Dangerously In Love isn't a rejection of DC's sound. "I love Destiny's Child and I am a member of the group, "she asserts. "We haven't broken up. We're going to continue to tour and record and be a group. We've recorded a song, 'I Know,' for "The Fighting Temptations" soundtrack. We all decided a long time back to explore solo projects and I'm the third member of the group to release my own record. Things like working apart keep the fire going and keep the fans eager for you. I'm not trying to get away from DC or the legacy we have. I just wanted to show a different approach and the growth I've experienced. "

That growth is evident in Beyonce's burgeoning acting career. In 2001 she starred in MTV's "Carmen." In 2002 she appeared as Foxy Cleopatra in "Austin Powers in Goldmember." This year she will co-star with Cuba Gooding Jr. in "The Fighting Temptations." She has two more features currently in production and can also be seen on the small screen in a series of Spike Lee-directed commercials for Pepsi-Cola. She is also the spokesperson for L'Oreal.

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how i feel | Reviewer: Alice | 1/22/14

Hi, girl am so happy each time i listen to and watch ur movies especially the fighting temptations ur voice is so amazing girl i love it.may God bless u and remember u are his product let him continue to use u for his glory.Amen

You are my lamp | Reviewer: century 21st | 11/11/13

Hi! My name is Htet Htet Aung but my best friend call me century. I wanna be like you. I love all of your songs especially Broken hearted girl. I love your style, your dance, your voice and everything you have. So, you are my lamp and my admired person.I am now just a child. I hope one day I will be popular like you. I love you sooooooooooooooooooo much Beyonce.

Beyonce is the best | Reviewer: Lois | 5/25/13

Hi beyonce.i'm listening to ur music right now and i'm like wow she's the best.u are a very gud singer u control ur voice in a skilled way and evritime i listen to u i wish i could hav ur type of voice.u are a legend and are a person that millions of girls look up to.i love what u do and d way u do it like a professional.u are d best but remember to put God first in everything you do.Lois from Nigeria.

The Most Beautiful Woman In Music | Reviewer: Samara | 9/8/12

Hey Baby my name is Samara Sabouni and you are my favourite singer l look up to u so much you mean so much to me l always check u out l love hearing your beautiful voice and hearing u speak l love it when you smile , laugh,and be silly, l love your music l know nearly all the words to your songs you are my inspiration,my angel,my Baby, my idol,my everything,you are talented,you have beauty,skills,power,range,and most of all a stunning beautiful voice,l love you soooooooooooooooooo much Beyonce l cherish you so much l love u in a group and l love u solo because you can do your own things that u wanna do you make beautiful music Baby ( l can't stand to hear it when people hate u or say mean things about u )mwaaaaaaaaaa xoxoxoxoxoxox <3

payman tony | Reviewer: PAYMAN TONI | 6/24/11

hi , i am huge fan of your works . go forward and believe more in what you do , i am a musician and composer from germany and work in the middle east . i fell what you do and live with it , thanks .

ur the best better than the rest | Reviewer: fyana thompson | 6/24/10

hi my name is Alexis and i am from Guyana,Georgetown to me Beyonce ur one of the sweetest and most delicate person and ur song it 100% rocks and mostly my favourites is single lady and sweet dreams and i would like to meet u in person mostly i love to sing thats all i do no one knows but only u

Ethiopia | Reviewer: Beka | 2/12/10

Hi Beyonce I'm a big fun of yours from Ethiopia. You know what the first time you fell into my heart was when I saw your music video "single ladies", ever since then i've been a big fun of yours. And I was more surprised and proud of you when you came to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and had a concert. I hope to see you one day, Love you so much.

Happy Valentine's Day

YOU ARE THE BEST! | Reviewer: yvonne | 1/27/10


A few thoughts | Reviewer: Tori | 12/13/09

Even though i just figured out what type of past you hade Mrs.Knowles lol i still love your music and want to meet you one Day :) From Tori (A southern Eastcoast girl) :)

Email me :D Please Beyonce?

Woman of the Year '09 | Reviewer: Tina | 8/27/09

I Am… Sasha Fierce. Ahh, this entire album is so good, can’t stop listening! My iTunes play count just reached 53 plays. The songwriting is solid, but it’s really Beyonce’s voice that moves me. I would have named her Woman of the Year, but Billboard beat me to it:

my inspiration | Reviewer: BRITTANY WILLIAMS | 6/15/09

beyonce my name is brittany williams of rochester new york you are my most favorite singer i loved you since you were 15 and cant nobody top you. i dont understand why they are trying to compare you and ciara its just not right because everyone knows that you are the best and always will inspired me to be the person i am today and i love your song halo that has to be one of my favorite songs that you made and who wants to be ciara anways she acts so slutty in her videos now. well all i am saying is that youre a wonderful person and a terrific role model for young women and yes i love you with all my heart

love, brittany

Tour | Reviewer: Kimberly Hill | 4/22/09

Hello my name is Kim Hill, and I have a son that is 9 years old and have a chronic disease which is Nephrogenic Diabetes Insipidus and his dream is to see Beyonce in concert, we went to the one on last year in August but had to leave early because he got sick, and I just can't afford the tickets but he is such a HUGH fan, until she is all over my house, and I know you probably get this kind of stuff all the time, but I'm so very serious and it would be an ultimate dream of his and that to see Mrs. Beyonce and meet her, you can reach me at this e-mail address and I can give you further means of contacting me, but I need to do something to get him to the concert in Los Angeles on July 13 @ the Staple Center. When I saw he is a HUGH fan, he knows every song, every dance, he has her all over his room, on his folders for school her ringtones on his cell he Loves Ms. Beyonce, if there is anything that can be done, I'm willing to do it, I didn't know of any other means to contact anyone regarding this..PLEASE HELP A MOTHER THAT IS TRYING TO MAKE A DREAM COME TRUE FOR HER LITTLE ANGEL ANTOINE MALIK HILL

dinesha | Reviewer: Anonymous | 3/6/09

hey beyonce you are one of my favorite singers i love your video and song called single ladies you worked it. i also love how you set a rolemodel in kids like me inspiring them to do what you love which is singing.

How I Feel... | Reviewer: Diva | 2/20/09

beyonce is hott and everything about her is handz down Hott!!!!!! beyonce is a everything that alot of women and girls want to be. she's funny pretty krzy and each time she has a new song come out everyones mouth just drops open. she is talented and unique and without her music alot of people would be dissapointed. lol thatz rite and tru tho.

02/13/2009 | Reviewer: Meonda | 2/13/09

I just wanna say keep doing wat u doing i love your music and hopefully one day we could do a song together if i ever get discovered for my wonderful talent. I write songs and sing and u inspire me so much to never give up . if u ever need backgrond or anything or just a friend to call on 706 617 0212

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