From Michelle Williams's House to the White House

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LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 24:  Singer Michelle Williams arrive at the 23rd Annual ELLE Women in Hollywood Awards at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills on October 24, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

From Michelle Williams's House to the White House

Michelle Williams went from Destiny's Child to taking it solo. Now she's gracing the stage at the White House. Blessed!

Published November 1, 2016

  1. At the Tender Age of 7

    Michelle Williams made her musical debut at the age of seven, performing a rendition of the hymn "Blessed Assurance" at St. Paul Church of God in Christ, her home church in Illinois. Michelle Williams later went on to sing in gospel groups United Harmony and Chosen Expression.    

  2. Girls in the '90s

    In '99, she began touring as a backup singer for Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Monica.   

    THE TONIGHT SHOW WITH JAY LENO -- Episode 1485 -- Pictured: Musical guest Monica performs on November 10, 1998 -- (Photo by: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
    (Photo: Margaret Norton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
  3. Destiny's Child

    In 2000, Williams officially joined Destiny's Child.

    In May 2001, Destiny's Child released the group's third studio album, Survivor, which debuted in the No. 1 spot on the U.S. Billboard 200 with sales of 663,000 copies.

    388511 01: ***EXCLUSIVE*** Destiny's Child poses on a couch in Beyonce's house May 20, 2000 in Houston, TX. are Destiny's Child is, from left to right, Beyonce Knolls, Kelly Rowland, and Michelle Williams. (Photo by Pam Francis/Liaison)
    (Photo: Pam Francis/Liaison)
  4. Heart to Yours

    During their group hiatus, she released her debut solo album Heart to Yours, which became the best-selling gospel release of the year. Billboard also named her the fifth Top Gospel Artist of the year and Williams won a MOBO Award for Best Gospel Act.

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    (Photo: Sony)
  5. Destiny Fulfilled

    Three years later, Destiny's Child reunited for Destiny Fulfilled in 2004. The album hit No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and birthed the singles "Lose My Breath," "Soldier," "Girl" and "Cater 2 U."

    Following the album, Destiny's Child earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March 2006, where they were recognized as the world's best-selling female group of all time.

  6. Breaking the Dawn

    Williams released her first pop album, Unexpected, which spawned the internationally-charting single "We Break the Dawn" and the U.S. Dance No. 1 "The Greatest."

    21415, DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES. CALIFORNIA -  Wednesday April 23 2008. Former Destiny's Child member Michelle Williams films her new music video in Downtown Los Angeles. Surrounded by a pack of muscular men, Michelle strutted her stuff through the streets showing all the trademark moves that made her and her former band members such a success. Photograph: Andy Johnstone, PacificCoastNews.com ***FEE MUST BE AGREED PRIOR TO USAGE*** UK OFFICE: +44 131 225 3333/3322 US OFFICE: 1 310 261 9676
    (Photo: Andy Johnstone, PacificCoastNews)
  7. Taking On Broadway

    Michelle Williams took her talents to Broadway and the West End Theatre, earning her a nom for Best Lead Female - Equity in 2008 at the 18th Annual NAACP Theatre Awards.

    NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 08:  Singer Michelle Williams performs in "Chicago" on Broadway at the Ambassador Theatre on February 8, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Ben Hider/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Ben Hider/Getty Images)
  8. Journey to Freedom

    Michelle released her fourth studio album, Journey to Freedom, in 2014, which was critically acclaimed and became her highest-charting charting album in the U.S.

    The Soul Train-nominated "Say Yes," which charted internationally and topped the U.S. Hot Gospel Songs chart for seven weeks, was a smash hit!

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    (Photo: Entertainment One)
  9. White House Honor

    In 2015, Williams sang for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 05:  Michelle Williams performs at the 2014 Essence Music Festival on July 5, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
    (Photo: Erika Goldring/Getty Images)
  10. White House Chronicles

    Now Michelle is back again to perform for the first family at the White House. Be sure to tune in!    

    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JULY 01:  Singer Michelle Williams performs onstage at the 2016 ESSENCE Festival Presented By Coca-Cola at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center on July 1, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2016 Essence Festival)
    (Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2016 Essence Festival)

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images)

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