Michelle Williams is a R&B, pop and gospel recording artist. She rose to fame while a member of the popular R&B girl group Destiny’s Child in the 2000s. Here are a few other inspiring facts to know about singer Michelle Williams.
1. Tenitra Michelle Williams was born on July 23, 1980, in Rockford, Illinois. Her mother was a nurse and her father was a car salesman.
2. 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.
3. Shortly after graduating high school, Williams pursued a degree in criminal justice at Illinois State University, doubtful of her ability to make a career as a professional singer. After two years of attending the university, she left to pursue a career in music as a backing vocalist for artists such as Monica.
4. In 1999, Williams met Destiny’s Child band members Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland in the lobby of an Atlanta hotel. Months later, Beyoncé asked an acquaintance if she knew anyone who could sing for the possible spot with the group and was referred to Michelle.
5. Following Destiny’s Child’s disbandment in early 2006, Williams made her television debut in the UPN comedy Half & Half.
6. In April 2007, Williams joined Oprah Winfrey’s Chicago-based cast of the hit Broadway musical The Color Purple for its national tour. Williams played the role of Shug Avery.
7. In June 2014, Williams released the lead single from Journey to Freedom, titled “If We Had Your Eyes.” The single became her first release to appear on the U.S. Billboard Adult R&B Songs and Hot Gospel Songs charts, peaking at 19.
8. She reunited with Destiny’s Child bandmates Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland for the third single, “Say Yes,” which was released a year later. It became Williams’ first number-one single on the U.S. Hot Gospel Songs.
9. In 2014, Williams became the spokesperson for a Playtex campaign titled Play On Playbook.
10. On April 14, 2015, Williams sang for US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. The program titled, The Gospel Tradition: In Performance at the White House, was broadcast on June 26, 2015, on PBS stations and simulcast on TV One.