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Solange Knowles: The Talented and Trailblazing Singer-Songwriter

Full Name Solange Piaget Knowles
Birthday June 24, 1986
Birthplace Houston, Texas
Age 37
Occupation Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Model
Years active 2002–present
Spouse Daniel Smith (m. 2004–2007), Alan Ferguson (m. 2014–2019)
Children 1
Labels Saint, Columbia, Music World
Associated acts Beyoncé, The Dream, SZA, Lil Wayne
Social Media Instagram, Twitter, Facebook

Early Life and Background

Solange Knowles was born in Houston, Texas to Mathew and Tina Knowles. Her older sister is pop icon Beyoncé. As a child, Solange would often go on tour and perform with Destiny‘s Child, honing her talents as a dancer and backup singer. Though shy, she nurtured her creative passions, writing her first song at age 5. Solange also studied ballet, jazz, tap dance, and theater growing up.

At 16, she released her debut album Solo Star and garnered attention for her vocal abilities and songwriting. This propelled Solange headfirst into the music scene at a young age.

Music Career

Solange’s career took off with her second studio album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams in 2008. Fusing motown, electronica, and pop, it debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200 and was praised for its eclectic retro sound. She co-wrote nearly every track, solidifying her as an artist with a distinctive vision.

Her artistic growth continued with the sultry R&B EP True released in 2012. But it was 2016’s A Seat at the Table that really spotlighted her talents and broke barriers. The album hit #1 on the Billboard charts and won “Best R&B Performance” at the Grammys. Its themes of identity, empowerment, and social justice resonated deeply.

Solange’s music lies outside the mainstream – she fuses old school R&B, funk, African beats, and hip hop in a singular way. She has collaborated with The Dream, Lil Wayne, SZA and more. With 4 successful studio albums, her dedication to her artistry is clear.

Other Creative Pursuits

Beyond music, Solange has tried her hand at acting, modeling, and running her own creative companies. She’s appeared in films like Johnson Family Vacation (2004) and Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006). Her modeling work includes walking the runway for designers like Diane von Furstenberg.

She runs her own record label Saint Records and an arts collective called Saint Heron celebrating African-American culture. Solange also makes bold fashion choices – she’s graced the covers of Complex, Nylon, and L’Officiel.

Activism and Impact

Solange uses her platform to speak out on issues like police brutality, feminism, and equality for people of color. She is not afraid to get political with her art – her work gives voice to marginalized communities. Her music and messaging urge societal and cultural change.

As a producer, she intentionally chooses to work with up-and-coming talent of color. Solange also makes space for unconventional artists in a traditionally homogenous pop landscape. Both her sound and activism have made ripples in the industry.

With her individuality, vision, and integrity, Solange has crafted her own lane – one that centers inclusivity, empowerment, and her multifaceted black identity. She continues to inspire with her originality. At just 37, there’s no limit to Solange‘s impact.