Solange Knowles is a singer, songwriter, and actress. She began her career in entertainment as a backup dancer in the R&B group Destiny’s Child where her older sister Beyoncé was the lead. As a singer, Solange has released four studio albums.
In 2002, she made her debut album Solo Star. It debuted and peaked at No. 49 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and No. 23 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. The album featured artists such as boy band B2K, Lil’ Romeo (now known as just Romeo), N.O.R.E., and Murphy Lee. The album also had superstar producers like Timberland, The Neptunes, and more. Writing credits included: herself, Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams, Luther Vandross, her father, Mathew Knowles, and more. The album produced two singles: “Feelin’ You” (featuring N.O.R.E.), which debuted at No. 73 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart and “Crush” (later renamed to “Don’t Fight the Feeling”).
In 2008, she released her sophomore album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams, which was more soul-inspired than her debut project. Her second album was her best placement on that chart at the time on the US Billboard 200 when it peaked at No. 9. The project only had one feature which was Bilal Oliver. The album spawned four singles: “I Decided,” “ChampagneChroniKnightcap,” “Sandcastle Disco,” “T.O.N.Y.,” and
“Wanna Go Back.”
Her third studio album, her magnum opus, A Seat at the Table was released in 2016. It became her first No. 1 placement on the US Billboard 200. She got her first on and win for her lead single “Cranes in the Sky.” The record won a Grammy for Best R&B Performance. In an interview with Vibe she spoke about what this album meant to her and the sacrifices “mentally, emotionally and financially” she made to have it recorded. “It’s more than an album to me. It’s a transitional time in my life.”
Her fourth studio album, When I Get Home, was released in March 2019. It features contributions from several musicians such as Sampha, Playboi Carti, Gucci Mane, Panda Bear, Tyler, the Creator, Metro Boomin, The-Dream, Abra, Dev Hynes, Steve Lacy, Earl Sweatshirt, and Scarface. This album had a mix of R&B, jazz and hip-hop elements.
Take a look below at five songs you need to know by Solange: