American R&B and gospel singer Michelle Williams rose to international renown after joining Destiny's Child, the top-selling female group of all time, in 2000. As a member of Destiny's Child, Michelle received three Grammy Awards and performed on several #1 hit singles by the group.
With the arrival of her debut album, the gospel-infused Heart To Yours in 2002, Michelle Williams--who'd originally entered show business as a backing vocalist for the R&B performer Monica--became the first member of Destiny's Child to release a solo record. Heart To Yoursentered the Billboard Top Gospel Albums chart at #1, peaked at #3 on the Top Contemporary Christian Albums chart and became the year's top-selling Gospel album.
Her second solo album, Do You Know, achieved similar success to her debut, peaking at #2 on the Top Gospel Albums chart and #3 on the Top Christian Albums chart following its release in 2004.
Michelle Williams made her on-stage acting debut in 2003, replacing R&B icon Toni Braxton in the title role of "Aida," the hit Broadway musical with music by Elton John and lyrics by Tim Rice.
In February 2006, Michelle made her television acting debut on the UPN comedy series, "Half & Half" and, later that year, appeared in the FOX reality series, "Celebrity Duets" performing Destiny's Child's "Say My Name" with Jai Rodriguez.
Beginning in April 2007, Michelle Williams joined the national touring company--performing extended runs in Chicago and San Francisco with members of the original Broadway cast--of the hit musical adaptation of The Color Purple."
In 2008, she issued her first secular solo album, Unexpected, on Columbia Records.
(portions of biography courtesy of Columbia Records)