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.   

    (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.

    (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.

    (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."

    (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.

    (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!

    (Photo: Entertainment One)
  9. White House Honor

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

    (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!    

    (Photo: Paras Griffin/Getty Images for 2016 Essence Festival)

Written by BET Staff

(Photo: David Livingston/Getty Images)


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