Born on June 24, 1986, in Houston, Texas, Solange is the younger sister of R&B performer Beyoncé. Coming out of her sister's shadow, Solange made a name for herself in both the music and fashion industries as a singer, dancer and a model. In 2013, she launched her own record label, Saint Records.
Early Life and Career
Singer-songwriter and model Solange Piaget Knowles was born on June 24, 1986, in Houston, Texas. Her mother, Tina, is of Creole heritage, and her father, Mathew, is African American. Her older sister is famed R&B performer Beyoncé, formerly of the all-female singing group Destiny's Child. Also an actress, dancer and savvy businesswoman, Solange Knowles performs under the name Solange.
Solange was only 13 years old and still wearing braces on her teeth when she performed as a backup dancer on tour with Destiny's Child. She first sang professionally on their holiday album, 8 Days of Christmas.
Music Career Takes Off
It didn't take long for Solange to come out from her sister's shadow to make a name for herself in both the music and fashion industries. When Solange was 16, her father, who was also her manager, signed her to his record company, Music World Entertainment. In 2002, she appeared on two major musical projects: Lil' Romeo's Game Time album and former Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland's Simply Deep, for which Solange wrote the title track.
On February 27, 2004, a 17-year-old Solange married Daniel Smith Jr., who later became a football coach. The couple soon moved to Idaho so that Smith could attend school there. Later in 2004, Solange gave birth to their first child together, son Daniel Julez Smith Jr. (who she calls "Julez"). The couple divorced in 2007. Motherhood "was always chill and easy," Solange told New York Magazine in a 2012 interview, but "marriage is a whole 'nother ball game."
Solange signed a record deal with Geffen Records in 2007. Her second album, Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, featured such artists as Mark Ronson, the Neptunes and Cee Lo Green. As with her first album, Sol-Angel failed to garner commercial success.
Solange has modeled for House of Deréon, a clothing line designed by her mother. In 2013, she launched her own record label, Saint Records, through which she intended to produce and release a full-length album and other music projects.
Keeping homes in both Houston and Los Angeles, California, Knowles moved to Brooklyn, New York, in 2011 to be closer to her family and for more opportunities to work her craft.
As an actress, Knowles has performed voice-over work for film and television features, including the animated series The Proud Family and the DVD Bring It On: All or Nothing.