Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Biography

Michelle Williams is best-known as one third of Destiny's Child, recognised as the world's best-selling R&B girl group of all time.

She has recently forged a stage career as a musical actress on Broadway and in the West End.

I'm a singer, and happy to sing in front of anyone - but dancing is different!Michelle Williams

Career

Michelle first met Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland in 1999, but it wasn't until some months later that Beyoncé asked a friend if they knew of any good singers - she was referred to Michelle.

Destiny's Child had some limited breakout success as a 4-girl line-up, but when two of the other members left the group, Michelle joined in February 2000.

The group then recorded Independent Women Part 1, which featured on the soundtrack to the 2000 film Charlie's Angels. The single topped the US charts for 11 consecutive weeks and the band rocketed to fame.

The band's third album (Michelle's first) was released in 2001 and entitled Survivor. It entered the US charts at No.1 and sold over 10 million copies worldwide, with the standout single being the memorable Bootylicious.

Their fourth album, Destiny Fulfilled, was released in November 2004. Following their North American tour of 2005, the band announced that they were to split up. However, a greatest hits collection was then released and the band was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March 2006.

Michelle's solo career outside Destiny's Child has been hugely successful, with two Gospel albums in 2002 and 2004 topping the specialist Gospel music chart, and a dance pop album in 2008, Unexpected.

She followed this with her Broadway debut in 2003, playing the lead role in Tim Rice & Elton John's Aida, where she replaced Toni Braxton. Michelle also starred as Shug Avery in the 2007 US tour of The Color Purple, produced by Oprah Winfrey, in the US TV sitcom Half And Half and appeared in the reality show Celebrity Duets.

In July 2009, Michelle began playing the lead role of Roxie Hart in the long-running London production of Chicago for some months - the first African American woman to play the role in the West End. She then moved on to play the same role in in Los Angeles.

Background

Michelle was born in Rockford, Illinois, and raised in a Pentecostal family. She began singing n her local church choir at a very early age, and later sang with her sister in a musical group called United Harmony.

At High School she was part of the Creative & Performing Arts Programme. She pursued a career in criminal justice at Illinois State University, but left midway through her course to pursue a music career as backing singer for R&B singer Monica.

Trivia

Michelle has three tattoos - a butterfly, a music staff wrapped around a treble clef, and a dove.

When she's not working, Michelle loves relaxing at her home in Chicago where she has wild turkey and deer in her garden.

In the past, Michelle has lent her support to children's HIV/AIDS charities in Chicago and has also given money to her church in Illinois to help with the construction of a local school.

She is part-owner of Chicago Sky, a team in the National Women's Basketball Association.


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Dancing partner

Brendan Cole

Michelle Williams will be dancing with Brendan Cole.

 

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Michelle's progress

Week 7

Paso Doble

24/40

MIchelle and Brendan finished last on the combined Public and Judges' leaderboard, and were the sixth couple to leave the series.

Week 6

Waltz

30/40

Week 5

Jive

29/40

Week 4

Tango

27/40

Michelle and Brendan were in the bottom two couples this week, but survived the public vote to dance again.

Week 3

Rumba

24/40

Michelle and Brendan were in the bottom two couples this week, but survived the public vote to dance again.

Week 2

Foxtrot

26/40

Week 1

Cha cha

24/40

Judges' comments

Alesha Dixon comments on Michelle's progress

High point

"You managed to keep a character in the dance throughout and your overall shaping was really good."

Craig Revel Horwood comments on Michelle's progress

Low point

"What you're doing is confusing attack in the dance with pounding and pulverising the floor."

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