Solange Knowles (born 24.6.1986)
Solange Knowles is the sister of Beyonce Knowles, formerly of the girl group Destiny's Child. Solange is also an actress, R&B singer and a model.
Solange Knowles: Childhood
Solange Knowles was born to Tina and Mathew Knowles in Houston, Texas. She has an African-American heritage on her father's side and a Creole heritage on her mother's side.
Solange Knowles: Music Career
Solange's first major professional musical appearance was on Destiny's Child's Christmas album, Days of Christmas. She provided vocal tracks on 'Little Drummer Boy' and 'Proud Family'.
With her father as her manager, Solange went on to appear in Lil' Romeo's Game Time album, released in 2002. She also appeared on Kelly Rowland's solo album, Simply Deep (2002). Solange also wrote the title track for the album.
Working on her own debut solo album, Solange collaborated with The Neptunes, Linda Perry (formerly of 4 Non-Blondes, writer for Pink and Courtney Love) and Timbaland. The album, Solo Star, was eventually released in early 2003. It debuted at number 49 on the Billboard 200 album chart in the US.
Following the release of the debut album, Solange Knowles went on to write songs for Destiny's Child, Michelle Williams, Kelly Rowland and her sister Beyoncé.
In 2007, Solange signed a record deal with Geffen Records. Her second album, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams features production work from Mark Ronson, The Neptunes and Cee-Lo Green. The debut single from the album in the US was 'I Decided'. The track reached the top of both the US Dance and R&B / Hip-Hop charts. In the UK, the single was reworked by the production team The Freemasons and was renamed 'I Decided Part II'.
Solange also released a number of mixtapes, via her 'Hadley StreetJournal.com' blog. The first blog featured the controversial track 'F*** the Industry (Signed Sincerely)'. The lyrics to the track name-drop her sister Beyoncé, as well as Ashanti and Mary J. Blige.
Solange Knowles: Acting Career
Solange Knowles appeared in Johnson Family Vacation, as well as providing a song for the soundtrack, though it did not appear in the actual movie.
Solange also appeared in the straight-to-video Bring It On: All Or Nothing, which co-starred Hayden Panettiere, of the TV show Heroes.
Solange Knowles: Modelling Career
Solange is a model for House of Deréon, the clothing line designed by her mother. She and her sister also model for its sister line for younger girls, named simply Deréon.
Solange Knowles: Personal Life
In February 2004, Solange married Daniel Smith, a football player. They had divorced by October 2007.
Daniel and Solange have a son together, Daniel Julez Smith Jr. (b. 2004)