Solange Knowles, Singer, Actress and Entrepreneur
Solange Knowles, younger sister of R&B singer Beyonce, has made an impressive mark as a singer-actress-entrepreneur. She owns House of Dereon junior apparel line.
Beyonce and Janelle both are well-known dancers, appearing in numerous films together and often seen together – they even share a son, Julez.
Early Life and Education
Knowles first joined her family’s Memphis gospel vocal quartet, the Brown Singers, as a backup singer when she was nine and soon after became their lead vocalist when she turned 12. In 2000, the Brown Singers released their debut album under Music World Entertainment label called You Can Make It.
After three years, Knowles released her second solo studio album Sol-Angel and Hadley St. Dreams in 2008. The record marked a departure from Knowles’ pop-oriented debut with production by CeeLo Green, Soulshock & Karlin and Bilal – it proved commercially successful as well as receiving positive reviews from critics.
While recording her third album, A Seat at the Table, Knowles began exploring other avenues for her career. She began appearing in fashion campaigns for Mercedes-Benz and Helmut Lang; as well as working with IKEA for interior design purposes. Furthermore, Knowles participated in Lemonade, a conceptual film project shown at Cannes Film Festival 2019.
Knowles began her music career at age 14, performing as part of Destiny’s Child pop group. Her debut solo album was Solo Star released under her father’s Music World Entertainment label with Columbia Records; its sound featured uptempo R&B as well as elements of funk rock and reggae music.
Billboard recognized her as one of the top Female Artists and Radio Songs Artists from the 2000s decade in 2009. Additionally, Recording Industry Association of America honored her as being the highest certified artist that year.
Knowles has experienced immense success both as an actress and fashionista. She appeared as the cheerleading captain in Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006) film, making multiple television show and movie appearances such as guesting on One on One sitcom as well as modeling for Dereon clothing collection for junior apparel collection.
Achievement and Honors
Knowles has won multiple accolades during her career, including 16 Grammys and a star on Hollywood Walk of Fame (awarded with Destiny’s Child). At 2010’s Grammy Awards ceremony, Knowles made history by winning six honors at once – becoming the first woman ever to do so!
She has successfully expanded her talents into acting, film, fashion and entrepreneurship. In 2008 she became the face of Giorgio Armani’s younger diffusion line Armani Jeans.
In 2018, Knowles delighted fans when she embarked on her On the Run II tour with Jay-Z, impressing audiences with high-octane performances featuring holograms and backup dancers. Additionally, they debuted a documentary and companion album. Later that same year, Knowles launched Saint Heron – an online platform designed to highlight Black artistry.
Knowles has achieved multiple accolades and record sales both solo and with Destiny’s Child. She was honored as Artist of the 2000s decade by Billboard, while VH1 listed her fourth on its list of “100 Greatest Female Musicians.”
Knowles has made her mark as an actress and fashionista as well. She appeared in Carmen: A Hip Hopera as well as appearing on Yo Gabba Gabba!.
Knowles debuted with her solo album Solo Star in 2003 and followed it up in 2008 with Sol-Angel and Hadley St. Dreams which saw a departure from its pop-oriented predecessor with its mix of R&B, funk, jazz, and 60s/70s influences, featuring songs that covered relationships, world issues, deceased friends, as well as her lyrics covering such subjects as relationships and world issues. Knowles co-launched House of Dereon fashion line while endorsing such brands as Pepsi and Armani Jeans among many more.
Queen Bey has quickly emerged as one of the most powerful (and wealthy) women in show business, from chart-topping girl groups to her philanthropy and million-dollar endorsement deals, all earning her global renown and massive fortune.
She amassed her wealth through a successful fashion career, entrepreneurship and various business ventures. Additionally, she makes charitable donations via the Knowles-Rowland Center for Youth and Knowles-Temenos Place Apartments foundations, both run by her family.
She has released several albums and collaborated with other top artists in the music industry, most recently Solo Star which was released under Music World, Columbia record label and reached #1 on music charts. Chaka Khan, O’Jays and Earth Wind & Fire are just a few names she has worked alongside during her prolific musical career.