Beyoncé will forever credit her father and former manager, Matthew Knowles, with instilling a hard work ethic to be the best at what she does. But aside from his famous daughters and other members of Destiny’s Child, Knowles has also pulled off a few other big acts. The musical director even had a successful record company. Here is a recap of some artists Knowles has represented.
Evans was a child sensation and starred in TV specials including Maury and star search. She signed with Columbia Records, the same label as Destiny’s Child, and later signed with Knowles as her manager. She released several commercially successful singles, including “Promise Ring”, “I’m Grown”, and “I’ll Be There”. Evans also appeared in Tyler Perry’s film, Diary of a mad black woman. After a decade, she decided to part ways with the label and Knowles.
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In an interview with VIBE Magazine in 2012, she said ending her business relationship with Knowles was like needing someone more focused to take her career to the next level. “With Matthew, it was kind of the same. It was a learning experience when I dealt with him. At that time, I just think everyone was going in a different direction than mine. “, she said. “I wanted to do something different and be more active with Tiffany and her projects.
Known for her hit breakup anthem that’s still playing on rotation on the radio and at every black family barbecue, the “Heard It All Before” singer signed with Knowles around 2006, six years after her first outing. He helped with his second album, Sun at midnight.
Anderson is now a morning radio show host in Texas. It’s unclear when she and Knowles parted ways in business.
Knowles was not only a manager for R&B artists, he was also instrumental in bringing gospel music into the mainstream. In addition to managing the solo gospel career of Destiny’s Child member Michelle Williams for several years, he also managed the group Ramiyah. The group had a popular single, “Waiting”, and appeared in the Beyoncé-directed film The Temptations of Fighting.
In interview, they talked about the power of being backed by Knowles. “Ramiyah considers being supported by Matthew Knowles a blessing and a privilege rather than an overwhelming one! One of our mottos is to reach the city, the nation and the world for Jesus Christ, so what better opportunity than being attached to a ‘powerhouse’ of the industry,” they said.
Originally a trio, Trin-i-tee 5:7 was another contemporary gospel group backed by Knowles. The original lineup consisted of Chanelle Haynes, Angel Taylor and Terri Brown-Britton. Their biggest hit was the 1998 hit parade, “God’s Grace.”
But in 2012, Knowles announced that the band was no longer with the label. And many fans felt that the end of things was sketchy. “Angel and Chanelle earned their first Grammy nomination as well as the Grammy Night Grammy Nomination worldwide television performance with Music World. Their careers will forever be tied to Music World. They will be missed and wish them well. Knowles said in a statement at the time. “We thank Music World and Mathew Knowles for all they have done for us.”
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