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A singer, songwriter, and maker, Solange Knowles debuted in the first 2000s with pop-oriented modern R&B materials and grew into one of the most adventurous, expectation-defying performers of the past due 2000s and 2010s. Younger sister of Beyoncé Knowles, she analyzed dance and theatre as a kid and produced her performing debut at age group five at an enjoyment recreation area. As her dad handled her sister’s growing R&B group, Destiny’s Kid, she often made an appearance as an starting take action, and also started writing tunes. At 13, she made a decision to pursue a specialist singing profession, but her parents initially advised her to hold back. Shortly afterward, nevertheless, she was asked to replace among the dancers in Destiny’s Child’s stage take action on short see. She spent another two years dance within the group’s shows. When Knowles was 16, her dad agreed upon her to his Music Globe label, helped prepare her for the single recording profession, and organized a cope with major-label Columbia. Her debut one, “Feelin’ You, Pt. 2,” premiered in past due 2002, reached Billboard’s R&B/hip-hop graph, and had even more success with membership DJs; it narrowly skipped the very best of Billboard’s membership chart. Her initial record, Solo Star, implemented in January 2003 and debuted in the very best 50 from the Billboard 200. Though it highlighted collaborations with Timbaland, Missy Elliott, and Pharrell Williams, and a handful of slashes co-produced by Beyoncé, it didn’t generate any main hits. For another couple of years, Knowles took on performing roles in movies such as for example Johnson VACATION and TAKE IT On: All or Nothing at all as she wrote and created music for Destiny’s Kid and many of the group’s single projects. Especially, she co-wrote her sister’s “Obtain Me Bodied” and “Update U.” Knowles produced something of the creative discovery with her second record. Sol-Angel & the Hadley St. Dreams didn’t materialize until past due 2008, nonetheless it was a lot more exclusive than its forerunner, steeped in middle- to past due-’60s spirit. It peaked in the very best Ten from the Billboard 200 and doubled the product sales from the debut. Five of its singles peaked within the very best Ten of Billboard’s membership graph, and two of these — “Sandcastle Disco” and “T.O.N.Con.” — reached number 1. Despite how well it do commercially, Knowles eventually went unbiased — an unsurprising move, probably, considering that the record also included a song entitled “Fuck the Sector.” After she authorized with Grizzly Carry member Chris Taylor’s Awful label, she released the funkier however more fresh wave-inspired “Dropping You” one, in addition to its mother or father EP, Accurate, in November 2012. Written and created with Dev Hynes, it had taken her even further from the prevailing noises of industrial R&B. The next year, Knowles set up the Saint label with Saint Heron, a compilation of music by rising like-minded performers, including Kelela, Sampha, and Starchild, along with the relatively established prefers of Cassie and Jhené Aiko. The record also contained a fresh melody from Knowles, but she had taken her time and energy to comprehensive her third single full-length. In Sept 2016, nearly four years following the discharge of the real EP, A Chair at the Desk appeared on Saint/Columbia. Raphael Saadiq, Dave Longstreth, and Adam Bainbridge had been one of the songwriting and creation collaborators, while Lil Wayne and Kelela added prominent visitor vocals. Calmly cathartic and significantly at chances with mainstream R&B, the intensifying set promoted curing and empowerment in response to racial oppression. It debuted at number 1 over the Billboard 200.

Quick Facts


Full Name Solange Knowles
Height 1.72 m
Profession Disc jockey, Actor, Model, Music Producer, Businessperson, Singer-songwriter, Dancer
Nationality American
Spouse Alan Ferguson, Daniel Smith
Children Daniel Julez Smith, Jr
Parents Tina Knowles, Mathew Knowles
Siblings Beyoncé, Bianca Lawson, Nixon Knowles
Awards BET Centric Award, Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance
Music Songs Cranes in the Sky, Losing You, I Decided, Part 2, Don't Touch My Hair, Lovers in the Parking Lot, The Proud Family Theme Song, Feelin' You, T.O.N.Y., Don't Wish Me Well, Rise, Weary, Where Do We Go, F.U.B.U., Don't You Wait, God Given Name, Junie, Mad, Some Things Never Seem to Fucking Work, Moma Loves Baby, Interlude: The Glory Is in You, Interlude: For Us by Us, Don't Let Me Down, Scales, Locked in Closets, Borderline, Dance With You, Sky Away, Interlude: Dad Was Mad, Interlude: I Got So Much Magic, You Can Have It, White Picket Dream, Interlude: No Limits, Ode to Marvin
Albums A Seat at the Table, True, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, Solo Star
Nominations NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Female Artist, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Music Video, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Album, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo or Group, Soul Train Music Award for Best New Artist, Brit Award for International Female Solo Artist, Soul Train Music Award for Best Dance Performance, Soul Train Music Centric Certified Award, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Song - Traditional, NME Award for Dancefloor Anthem, BET Award for Video of the Year, Kids' Choice Award for Favorite New Artist, BET Award for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, Shorty Award for Best in Music, NME Award for Best International Female Artist, BET Award for Album of the Year
Movies Bring It On: All or Nothing, Johnson Family Vacation, Blondie: The Florence Ballard Story


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#Fact
1 Step-sister of Bianca Lawson.
2 Step-daughter of Richard Lawson.
3 Gave birth to her 1st child at age 18, a son Daniel Julez Smith, Jr. on October 18, 2004. Child's father is her now ex-1st husband,.
4 (November 16, 2014) Married for the 2nd time her boyfriend of 4 years Alan Ferguson at the Marigny Opera House in New Orleans, Louisiana in front of about 200 family and friends.
5 Releasing her first solo album, Solo Star [2003]
6 Her father is of African-American descent and her mother is of Louisiana Creole (African, French, and smaller amounts of Irish and Spanish) ancestry.
7 Sister-in-law of rapper Jay Z.
8 Daughter of record executive Mathew Knowles and fashion designer Tina Knowles.
9 Her ex-husband was a football player at Texas Southern University.
10 Former back-up dancer for Destiny's Child.
11 Younger sister of singer Beyoncé Knowles.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Saturday Night Live TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2016 writer - 1 episode, 2016
Dancing with the Stars 2014 TV Series 1 episode
Late Show with David Letterman 2013 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Girls TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2013 writer - 1 episode, 2013
Bettie Page Reveals All 2012 Documentary writer: "Why Don't You Love Me" - uncredited
X Factor 2010 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2010 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Weird World of Blowfly 2010 Documentary writer: "Upgrade U"
RuPaul's Drag Race 2009 TV Series writer - 2 episodes
Medium TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2009 writer - 1 episode, 2009
Cover Art 2009 TV Series short performer - 1 episode
Ghost Whisperer TV Series performer - 1 episode, 2008 writer - 1 episode, 2008
Bring It On: In It to Win It 2007 Video writer: "Get Me Bodied Extended Mix"
Bring It On: All or Nothing 2006 Video performer: "Solo Star" - as Solange / writer: "Solo Star" - as S. Knowles
The Fighting Temptations 2003 "Don't Fight The Feeling" / performer: "Don't Fight The Feeling" - as Solange
Game Time: Bonus DVD 2002 Video performer: "True Love"
The Master of Disguise 2002 writer: "This Could Be Love"
Austin Powers in Goldmember 2002 performer: "Hey Goldmember" - as Solange
Like Mike 2002 performer: "Dance with You" - as Solange / writer: "Dance with You"
Scooby-Doo 2002 performer: "Thinking About You" - as Solange
Osmosis Jones 2001 performer: "Solo Star" - as Solange

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Animals. 2017 TV Series
Solange: Cranes in the Sky 2016
Ghost Whisperer 2008 TV Series Singer
Bring It On: All or Nothing 2006 Video Camille (as Solange Knowles Smith)
Listen Up 2005 TV Series Erika
Johnson Family Vacation 2004 Nikki Johnson
One on One 2004 TV Series Charlotte
The Proud Family 2002 TV Series Chanel
Taina 2002 TV Series Rachel

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Proud Family 2002-2005 TV Series performer - 2 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Solange: Cranes in the Sky 2016

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Baby Jamz: Daily Lessons and Jamz Sessions 2008 Video executive producer

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
2008 World Music Awards 2008 TV Special Herself (as Solange)
Sound 2008 TV Series Herself
Later... With Jools Holland 2008 TV Series Herself
Lincoln Heights 2008 TV Series Herself
MTV Europe Music Awards 2008 2008 TV Special Herself - Presenter (as Solange)
Baby Jamz: Daily Lessons and Jamz Sessions 2008 Video Herself
The View 2008 TV Series Herself
The Tyra Banks Show 2006-2008 TV Series Herself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2008 TV Series Herself - Guest / Musical Guest
Fashion Rocks 2008 TV Movie Herself (as Solange)
NewNowNext PopLab 2008 TV Series Herself - Guest Host
The Charlotte Church Show 2008 TV Series Herself
BET Awards 2008 2008 TV Special Herself - Presenter
The 50th Annual Grammy Awards 2008 TV Special Herself - Presenter (as Solange)
2007 American Music Awards 2007 TV Special Herself
Style Star 2007 TV Series documentary Herself
Diamond Life 2005 TV Series Herself
The 2005 World Music Awards 2005 TV Special Herself - Presenter (as Solange)
On-Air with Ryan Seacrest 2004 TV Series Herself
Tavis Smiley 2004 TV Series Herself
The Sharon Osbourne Show 2004 TV Series Herself
The 18th Annual Soul Train Music Awards 2004 TV Special Herself
35th NAACP Image Awards 2004 TV Special Herself
The Brothers Garcia 2003 TV Series Herself
3rd Annual BET Awards 2003 TV Special documentary Herself
Today 2003 TV Series Solange Knowles
The 30th Annual American Music Awards 2003 TV Special Herself
Soul Train 2003 TV Series documentary Herself
Game Time: Bonus DVD 2002 Video Herself
Taff 2002 TV Series Herself
The 2002 Billboard Music Awards 2002 TV Special Herself
2001 Lady of Soul Awards 2001 TV Special Herself - Presenter
Intimate Portrait 2001 TV Series documentary Herself
The Teen Choice Awards 2001 2001 TV Special Herself
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon 2016 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
Saturday Night Live 2016 TV Series Herself - as Musical Guest
The Fashion Fund 2016 TV Series Herself
2014 MTV Video Music Awards 2014 TV Special Herself
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Herself
The Past is a Grotesque Animal 2014 Documentary Herself
Late Show with David Letterman 2008-2013 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest / Herself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2013 TV Series documentary Herself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009-2012 TV Series Herself - Musical Guest
BET Awards 2012 2012 TV Special Herself
The 2011 Billboard Music Awards 2011 TV Special Herself (in pre-taped montage)
Yo Gabba Gabba! 2010 TV Series Herself
The Oprah Winfrey Show 2009 TV Series Herself
MTV Video Music Awards 2009 2009 TV Special Herself
'TV One Night Only: Live from the Essence Music Festival' 2009 TV Movie Herself (as Solange)
Soundstage 2009 TV Series documentary Herself
Cover Art 2009 TV Series short Herself
New Year's Rockin' Eve 2009 2008 TV Special documentary Herself - Performer (as Solange)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Entertainment Tonight 2014 TV Series Herself
ITV Lunchtime News 2014 TV Series Herself
Chelsea Lately 2014 TV Series Herself
Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream 2013 TV Movie documentary Herself
Biography 2004-2007 TV Series documentary Herself - Sister
The Story of Beyoncé 2006 TV Movie documentary Herself

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Female Artist
2017 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Song - Traditional Song: "Cranes in the Sky"
2017 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Album Album: "A Seat at the Table"
2017 Image Award Image Awards Outstanding Music Video Solange: Cranes in the Sky (2016)


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#Quote
1 You're just so excited that you have this record deal or this movie opportunity that you don't stand up for yourself and say, This is what I want to do.
2 We are getting an education of a lifetime. We're actually out there in the real world.
3 When you're younger, you get shoved a lot. You don't really have a say-so.
4 The Hadley Street Dream is a tribute to making a vision come to life. My father built a compound on a dessert city block, he saw something in that space we couldn't see. It was years later the album was born right there on Hadley St. He built the studio I started recording the album at.
5 I actually love my natural hair when it's in a twist out and it's been slept on for five days and revived by the steam of the shower.
6 It is always an honor to work with those that share your passion for music and just enjoy making great music.
7 I have been writing songs since I was 9 years old, so writing has and always will be my first love and passion.
8 Traveling is definitely something that your average 17-year-old doesn't get to do. One week we're in Japan, one week we're in Australia, one week we're back home going to football games.
9 Any decision I make is based on myself, and the only person I have to give an explanation to is God.
10 I felt like when I took my weave out, I wasn't pretty, I wasn't noticeable.
11 You get educated by traveling.


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