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.
In '99, she began touring as a backup singer for Grammy Award-winning R&B artist Monica.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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!
In 2015, Williams sang for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.
Now Michelle is back again to perform for the first family at the White House. Be sure to tune in!
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