Beyoncé is an American Singer, writer, actress who became the only solo artist besides Mariah Carey to have hit No. 1 in four different decades.

She formed Destiny's Child, the best-selling girl group of all time. Beyonce also made history in 2010 by being the first female singer to win six Grammy Awards in a single night. 

But before all these, before her family risked their future to support her career, Beyonce was just a young girl who first became aware of her vocal talent while taking a dance class. Upon this discovery, her family started asking $5 from people who flocked their living room to watch the young girl perform. 

At the age of nine, she also became a member of her first girl group, which later became known as "Destiny's child."

Without further ado, let's learn more about Beyonce's life before she became famous.

Giselle Knowlés, better known as Beyoncé, was born in Houston, Texas, on September 4, 1981. Beyoncé inherited her mother's maiden name as her first name.

For many years, her father Matthew worked as a sales agent selling medical supplies. While her mother ran a beauty salon after starting off working in a bank. 



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**********************************Beyoncé was a quiet child who didn't have many friends, with the exception of her younger sister Solange. Her parents made the decision to coerce her into dance courses while she was a student at St. Mary's Elementary School in the hopes that it would at the very least help her make friends.

They didn't even recognize their daughter when they saw her perform for the first time. She lit up the stage because she had such a strong sense of confidence. The teacher had noticed her singing talent during practice, as Beyoncé had been able to follow the teacher's lead and hit all the high notes.

She then started to prioritize singing over dancing. Her parents realized that since she was talented enough and since singing made their daughter very happy, she might have a chance at success. 

They therefore doubled down and stepped up their attempts to advance her. She then started competing in nearby events, and she nearly always came out on top.

Beyoncé went through an audition when she was nine years old for the singing group "Girl time" in 1990. She worked her way into the group and started performing with them at neighborhood functions. 

Kelly Rowland, her cousin, was also admitted as a member. She also attended the music-focused Parker Elementary School in the same academic year. She attended high school for the visual and performing arts a few years later before transferring to Alev Ellis high school. 

The girl-group outgrew the name "Girls time," changed it to "Something fresh," then switched to "Dolls," and ultimately decided on "Destiny's child." 

Beyoncé's father, Matthew, left his sales position to concentrate fully on Beyonce's career as well as the band's management, when they were putting together an album in the hopes of landing a record deal.

The group kept on practicing and giving performances whenever they could. Every weekend, they would go to a different venue so they could perform for a different audience.

In 1995, they believed they had a record deal, but sadly, it fell through. The group was finally signed by Columbia Records in 1997, by which time it had adopted the moniker "Destiny's child." 

They soon started putting their debut record together. Destiny's Child, a group made up of Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, Latoya Luckett, and Latvia Robinson, released their self-titled album in 1998.

The album's lead single, "No No No," helped the album gain popularity. It reached number one on the r&b charts and sold over a million copies. I'd stop here since this piece is intended to focus on her life before becoming well-known.