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Michelle Williams        

Gospel Artist and Former Member of Destiny's Child

Michelle Williams began singing in her church choir, performing her first solo on Blessed Assurance at the age of seven at the St. Paul Church of God in Christ in her hometown of Rockford, IL. Growing up, she sang with the gospel groups United Harmony and Chosen Expression, but doubted she would be able to make a career as a singer and attended two years of college. However, in May 1999, she passed an audition to become a backup singer for Monica and toured with her through October. Then in January 2000, she was invited to join Destiny's Child.

Becoming a member of the rapidly emerging superstar group, she was first heard on their number one single Independent Women Part I and went on to participate in their massively successful 2001 album Survivor, the holiday release 8 Days of Christmas, and the remix album This Is the Remix.

In April 2002, she became the first member of Destiny's Child to issue a solo album, the contemporary gospel collection Heart to Yours. It became the best-selling gospel release of the year. She continued to release solo music including Do You Know in 2004, Unexpected in 2008, and Journey to Freedom in 2011.

Williams also appeared on Broadway, playing Roxy Hart in the musical Chicago at London's West End, Sandra in the U.S tour of the musical Fela!, Erzulie in Once On This Island, and the Evil Queen in A Snow White Christmas. Additionally, she was on the popular U.K dancing show Strictly Come Dancing. She partnered Brendan Cole and she was eliminated in week 7 of the show.

She performed for the Obamas in 2015 and 2016, and has guest appeared as Diana Ross on the American Soul series.

An advocate for mental health and empowerment, Williams is an ambassador for the Office on Women's Health, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she promotes awareness for maintaining optimum physical and mental health through nutrition, exercise, and proper medical care. Williams has struggled with depression on and off since she was 13 years old. In July of 2019 she announced on social media that she had sought help from heath care professionals for her depression.

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