When we think of superstar female artists like Beyonce or Rihanna, we rarely think about their humble roots, and how far they’ve come since the beginning. Here’s a look back at some of the hottest female artists in the game and how it all began.
When Rihanna debuted her video for the first single, “Pon De Replay,” in 2005, she reminded you of a Bajan artist you’d see performing at a local show on her native island. Soon after revamping her image, she quickly released her second (A Girl Like Me) and third (Good Girl Gone Bad) albums and the rest is history.
Like many kids, Beyonce performed in singing and dancing competitions growing up, but her talent took her further than most kids could ever imagine. She started out in a all-girl group named Girl’s Tyme at the mere age of eight alongside Kelly Rowland and LaTavia Roberson. Beyonce’s dad managed their group, while her mom helped design their costumes. After several setbacks, the group changed their name to Destiny’s Child and got signed to Columbia Records. Their first major hit was “No, No, No” but their music career resulted in yes, yes, yes, especially for lead singer Beyonce who decided to embark on a solo career and has sold over 75 million records worldwide.
When Ciara showed off her “Goodies” in her first video, she reminded you of the girl-next-door and many critics dubbed her as a one-hit wonder. Whether it was her relationship with top record producer Jazze Pha or her hard-to-imitate dance moves that pushed her to the next level, the Atlanta native singer went on to make multiple hits. At only 25, Ciara still has plenty time to crank out more albums (she’s already released four) and risquÃ© dance moves/videos.
Monica got her first record deal when she was only thirteen, and received instant success when she became the youngest singer to have two consecutive chart-topping hits (“Don’t Take It Personal”, “Before You Walk out of My Life”) on the U.S. Billboard Top R&B Singles charts. She received similar success on her second album, The Boy Is Mine, but then she disappeared from the scene for numerous years due to personal issues. Her BET reality show may have helped her comeback, but regardless, Monica has proven in the past year that she still has a golden voice. With a career spanning over 15 years, she became the first artist to top the Billboard charts in three different decades: 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.
Fantasia started out alongside her family performing throughout the Carolinas. When the North Carolina native auditioned and became a contestant on American Idol, she quickly grew fans all over the country who called in each week to vote for her. Her fans made her dream come true when she became the winner of the third season in 2004. Her career quickly rose to stardom as she released her first and second albums back-to-back which garnered much success as well as multiple Grammy nominations. She then went on to perform in the Broadway musical, The Color Purple in 2007, and won her first Grammy for Female R&B Vocal Performance after the release of her third album, Back to Me, in 2010. This former American Idol contestant has proved that “it all begins with a dreamâ¦”
—— By: Crystal Tate