Michelle Williams (member of Destiny’s Child)

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Tenitra Michelle Williams (born July 23, 1980), commonly known as Michelle Williams, is an American singer, songwriter, model, record producer and actress. Williams rose to fame in the 2000s as a member of R&B girl group Destiny's Child, one of the best-selling female groups of all time. During their hiatus, she released her debut solo album Heart to Yours (2002) which topped the US gospel album chart and became the best-selling gospel release of 2002. Also a critical success, the album won Williams a MOBO Award for "Best Gospel Act" and she was ranked as the fifth Top Gospel Artist of 2002 by Billboard. Following this she released Do You Know (2004) which gained her a nomination for "Best Gospel Act" at the 2004 MOBO Awards.

After Destiny's Child's disbanded in 2005, Williams released her first pop album, Unexpected (2008), which spawned the internationally-charting single "We Break the Dawn" and the US Dance number-one "The Greatest". Her fourth studio album, Journey to Freedom (2014) was critically acclaimed and became her highest-charting charting album in the US; preceded by lead single "If We Had Your Eyes" which reached the US Adult R&B top 20 and the US Hot Gospel number-one hit "Say Yes" featuring Destiny's Child bandmates Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland, which also charted in the UK, France and Belgium.

Furthermore, Williams found success as a television, Broadway and West End theatre actress, gaining a nomination for "Best Lead Female – Equity" in 2008 at the 18th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards. Making her acting debut on Broadway in Aida (2003), she has since starred in the sitcom series Half & Half (2006) and the musical productions; The Color Purple (2007), Chicago (2009-2010), What My Husband Doesn't Know (2011) and Fela! (2013). Furthermore, she was a featured judge on MTV's Top Pop Group, a contestant in series 8 of Strictly Come Dancing and co-stars alongside Deitrick Haddon in the Oxygen reality television series Fix My Choir. She has earned several awards and accolades including but not limited to, a Grammy Award and star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with Destiny's Child; a solo MOBO Award and nominations in the Stellar and Soul Train Music Awards.

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Album

Year Title RatingReleases
2002 Heart to Yours 1
2004 Do You Know 1
2006 Heart to Yours / Do You Know 2
2008 Unexpected 2
2008 The Greatest - The Remixes 1
2014 Journey to Freedom 1

Single

Year Title RatingReleases
2008 Let's Stay Together 1
2008 We Break the Dawn 2

EP

Year Title RatingReleases
2008 Hello Heartbreak (The Remixes) 1

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