Beyoncé Knowles, 1997-2006
Kelly Rowland, 1997-2006
LeToya Luckett, 1997-2000
LaTavia Roberson, 1997-2000
Farrah Franklin, 2000
Michelle Williams, 2000-2006
The group that would eventually become Destiny's Child was originally formed as a pre-teen act called Gyrl's Time in Houston, Texas in the early 1990s. The group's core members at the time were Beyonce Knowles, LaTavia Roberson, Kelly Rowland, Támar Davis and sisters Nikki and Nina Taylor. After appearing - and losing - on the Tv talent show Star Search in the early 1990s, management of the group was taken over by Beyonce's father, Matthew Knowles. He then tinkered with the group's lineup by removing Tamar and the Taylor sisters, replacing them with LeToya Luckett in 1993. The group then spent years performing locally and during that time went through a handful of name changes. In 1996, the group become known as Destiny's Child, a name that originated from a Bible verse that Beyonce's mother, Tina Knowles, had read.
The quartet signed with Columbia Records in 1997 and released their debut single, "No, No, No," in November of that year. The group's self-titled debut album followed in February 1998. Although the album did not debut high on the music charts in the U.S., it went on to eventually sell more than a million copies, partially thanks to the success of a remix of "No, No, No" produced by and featuring Wyclef Jean. But it was their second album, The Writing's on the Wall, that turned the group in music superstars. The album, which was released in July 1999, eventually sold over eight million copies in the U.S. alone, and generated four No. 1 singles: "Bills, Bills, Bills," "Say My Name," "Jumpin, Jumpin" and "Bug a Boo."
The Writing's on the Wall would the the last album featuring the group's original lineup. In late 1999, group members LaTavia and LeToya decided to leave the management of Matthew Knowles, claiming financial impropriety and that he favored the quartet's two other members, Beyonce and Kelly. Although LaTavia and LeToya had never intended to leave the group, they were replaced in early 2000 by Farrah Franklin and Michelle Williams. The two ousted members eventually sued the group, and Farrah left Destiny's Child after only five months due to what she says was stress over the membership situation. The negative publicity had little effect on the group's momentum however, and from mid-2000 on, the group successfully continued as a trio.
Between 2001 and 2004, the group released two albums of new music, as well as a Christmas album. During this time, the group continued its streak of hit songs, including "Survivor," Bootylicious," "Lose My Breath" and "Soldier." During this same time, the girls branched out into solo projects, with all three members releasing solo albums and taking part in ventures outside the music industry, such as Beyonce co-starring in a number of TV and movie projects. By 2002, there were rumors that the group would either break up, or that Beyonce would leave Destiny's Child and have her spot in the group taken by her younger sister, Solange Knowles. In June 2005, the group announced it was splitting up, but the trio continued to perform live together until early 2006. The members have all said they remain open to a reunion at some point.
Awards & Honors:
2002: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Grammy for the song "Survivor."
2001: Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal Grammy for "Say My Name."
2001: Song of the Year Grammy for "Say My Name."
2004: Destiny Fulfilled
2001: 8 Days of Christmas
1999: The Writing's on the Wall
1998: Destiny's Child