She is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress. She rose to fame in the early 2000s as a member of the R&B girl group Destiny’s Child with Beyonce and Kelly Rowland. Her work in the music industry has earned her a Grammy Award as well as nominations for a Stellar Award and an NAACP Theatre Award.

Along with chart-topping music with Destiny’s Child, she released her debut solo album “Heart to Yours” which topped Gospel charts in 2002. In 2004, she released her second Gospel album “Do You Know”, and in 2008, she released her first solo pop album, “Unexpected.” Along with her music, she has found success as an actress. Her acting roles include: Aida, The Colour Purple, and What My Husband Doesn’t Know, among others.

Raised in a “loving, stable” household in Illinois, she made her musical debut at the age of seven, performing a rendition of the hymn “Blessed Assurance” at the St. Paul Church of God in Christ, of which she is still a member

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