Read an excerpt from "Soul Survivors: The Official Autobiography of Destiny's Child."
The members of the group are:
Beyonce Knowles of Houston, Texas
Kelly Rowland of Houston, Texas
Michelle Williams of Rockford, Ill.
Knowles and Rowland are childhood friends and the founding members of the group. Williams joined the group in February 2000.
Since their debut in 1997, the group has changed. Originally, it consisted of Beyonce' Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson. Luckett and Roberson were replaced in February by Farrah Franklin and Michelle Williams. Farrah Franklin has since left the group.
Only three years ago, the group began to attract a loyal following in Houston, opening for R&B and hip-hop acts such as Immature, Dru Hill, Das EFX and SWV prior to landing their own record deal.
The group says their name came from the Bible. Knowles says, "We got the word destiny out of the Bible, but we couldn't trademark the name, so we added child, which is like a rebirth of destiny."
They have sold over 15 million albums and singles worldwide, including 9 million copies of the album The Writing Is On The Wall (seven million in the US alone). For the first year of its release,The Writing's On The Wall spent 47 out of 52 weeks in the Top 40.
The group has been nominated for six Grammy Awards. Two in 1999 for "Bills, Bills, Bills": Best R & B Group and Best R & B Song. Four more in 2000 for "Say My Name": Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Best R & B Group and Best R & B song. They won the last two. Beyonce Knowles received an additional nomination as co-writer of "Independent Women, Part 1" from Charlie's Angels: Best Song Written for a Motion Picture.
In addition, they have won:
The NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo or Group
MTV Award for Best R&B Video ("Say My Name")
Billboard magazine's award for 2000 Artist of the Year
American Music Award for Best Soul/R&B Group
Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year at this year's Soul Train Music Awards.
At the Grammy Awards this year, Bono from U2 declared that he is a new member of the Destiny's Child fan club and they are up for the job of best band in the world.
In the past, they have worked with: Wyclef Jean, R. Kelly, Rodney Jerkins, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, Daryl Simmons, Chad Elliot, and Tony Toni Toné's Dwayne Wiggins.
The group has contributed music to the hit soundtracks for Men In Black, Romeo Must Die, and Life.
Say My Name [Single] (2000)
Jumpin', Jumpin' [Single] (2000)
The Writing's On The Wall (1999)
Bills, Bills, Bills [Single] (1999)
Destiny's Child [ECD] (1998)
No, No, No [Single] (1997)
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