Born Beyoncé Giselle Knowles on September 4, 1981, in Houston, Texas. Beyoncé started singing at an early age. As a child, she competed in local talent shows. Beyoncé won many of these events by impressing audiences with her natural singing and dancing abilities.
Teaming up with her cousin 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. Gaining momentum, the group scored its first No. 1 single on the pop charts with "Bills, Bills, Bills" off their second album. The recording also featured another smash hit, "Say My Name."
Destiny's Child released their last studio album, Destiny Fulfilled, in 2004, and officially broke up the following year.