Songs by Destiny’s Child have remained evergreen even as it’s been sixteen years since the group became defunct. However, what are the Destiny’s Child girls up to in recent times?
Back in the early 1990s, music executive Matthew Knowles picked his daughter Beyoncé and equally talented pals, Kelly and Michelle, and transformed their musical process into the celebrated excellence known as Destiny’s Child.
This was an enduring group that grew through time and trends to produce some of the most recognized songs globally. Sixteen years ago, Destiny’s child bowed out of the entertainment scene. Its members have since gone on different paths leaving one to wonder where the units of this powerful group have been.
Making Destiny’s Child
The music franchise and brand that came to be known as Destiny’s Child went way back to the 1990s when it was just six little girls with a burning passion for singing. Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland, LaTavia Roberson, Tamar Davis, Nina, and Nelly Taylor, came together with the help of Beyoncé’s dad, Matthew Knowles, and became Girls’ Tyme.
Girl’s Tyme first encountered the music world when they competed on the 1983 talent show “Star Search” and did not win. After that, the Taylor sisters and Davis were dropped, leaving Beyoncé, Rowland, and Roberson, making room for LeToya Luckett.
From there, Destiny’s Child was created, with their first album being a success. The girls released their self-titled debut album in 1998, with a hit song, “No No no part 2.” Other hit songs by Destiny’s Child include “Bug A Boo,” “Jumpin’ Jumpin’,” and “Say My Name.”
These were all from the group’s sophomore album. Later that year, Luckett and Roberson exited the group. Michelle Wiliams and Farrah Franklin replaced them. The group endured through the early 2000s, eventually splitting in 2005 with Williams, Rowland, and Beyonce. Here’s all they have been up to since then.
As a solo artist, Williams released four studio albums, of which three were gospel-motivated. The one unit of Destiny’s Child branched into acting in 2003, starring in films like “The Color Purple,” “Chicago’ and “A Snow White Christmas.”
Williams’ Broadway debut was in’ Aida.” Some of her hit songs as a soloist include “We Break the Dawn” and “Journey to freedom.” The music star was engaged to Pastor Chad Johnson nine months before breaking off the engagement in 2018.
Luckett and LaTavia Roberson had a quite dramatic exit from Destiny’s Child, but the pain went on to form a music group called, Anjel. Their group members were Tiffany Beaudoin and Naty Quinones. Unfortunately, the group never released an album, and they split in 2003.
Luckett released a self-titled album, “LeToya” in 2006, and it spawned a hit single ‘Torn.” The star realized two more albums, “Back 2 Life, ‘a d n “Lady Love.” Luckett also ventured into Hollywood with acting credits including “Unsolved,” “Preacher’s Kid,” and “Lucky Girl.’ Luckett is mom to two kids from her former union with Tommicus Walker.
Roberson moved on from Destiny’s Child and Anjel, as she fostered a solo career that pretty much did not take off. She became interested in stage acting and appeared in projects inch “Not My Family, “Those Jeans,” and “How To Love.”
The 40-year-old has also appeared in series and films including ‘R&b Divas: Atlanta” and “But Deliver Us From Evil.” The singer, who released a solo song in 2017, has since started a family with longtime partner Don Vito, and they have two kids.
Before joining the group, Franklin worked as an extra on the “Bills, Bills, Bills” video, and by 1999, Matthew invited her to join the group officially. After that, Franklin was a member of Destiny’s Child for a short period, within which she appeared in ‘Jumpin Jumpin” and “Say My Name: videos.
Franklin’s stint with Destiny’s child ended after six months, and she also complained of issues with management. She launched a solo career releasing a few songs, including Push Up On Me.” The entertainer was in the news in 2011, 2014, ad 217 for having issues with the law. However, the star has been holding up and living a lowkey life since then.
Even before the split, Kelly Rowland’s solo career picked up when she released her debut album, “Simply Deep,” in 2002. Rowland bagged a Billboard Hot 100 number one with her signature sound, “Dilemma,” featuring Nelly.
Since the split, Rowland has released four solo albums altogether and has sold over 40 million copies globally. She tried acting as well, starring in movies like “Think Like A Man” and “Freddy Vs.” Rowland has also appeared on TV shows like ‘”The X Factor,” “The Voice Australia,” and “American Soul.”
The 40-year-old who gained traction with songs like “Motivation” and “Like This” has been married to Talent manager Tim Weatherspoon since 2014. They have two sons together.
The end of Destiny’s Child’s was far from the end of Beyoncé’z career, as it only paved the way for greater achievements. It has been a long time coming for the multi-hyphenate star, and without doubt, Beyoncé worked hard to become one of the most famous stars worldwide.
By 2002, the “Irreplaceable” crooner made his debut in Hollywood with films like “Austin Powers in Goldmember,: “Cadillac Records, “The Fighting Temptations Obsessed, “and “Dreamgirls.”
The superstar released her debut solo song that same year alongside longtime spouse Jay-Z. Beyoncé’s solo album, “Dangerously In Love.” followed a year later. Since then, Beyoncé has had six solo albums, 21 Grammy awards and has become one of the best-selling musicians of all time.