Women Music March 2021 – Day 11 – Solange

Reasons Why We Need To Pay Attention To Solange Knowles

Solange

Solange Piaget Knowles (born June 24, 1986) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, performance artist, and actress. Expressing an interest in music from an early age, Knowles had several temporary stints as a backup dancer for Destiny’s Child, which featured her elder sister, Beyoncé Knowles, among its members, before signing with her father Mathew Knowles’s Music World Entertainment label. At age 16, Knowles released her first studio album Solo Star (2002). Between 2004 and 2007, Knowles had several minor acting roles, including the direct-to-video Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006) and continued writing music for Beyoncé and for former Destiny’s Child group members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams.

In 2007, Solange began to record music again. Her second studio album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams (2008) deviated from the pop-oriented music of her debut to the Motown Sound of the 1960s and 1970s. It peaked at number nine on US Billboard 200 and received positive reviews from critics. She followed this up with the 1980s pop and R&B–inspired extended play True (2012) on Terrible Records and her imprint Saint Records. Her third studio album, A Seat at the Table (2016) was released to widespread critical acclaim and became her first number-one album in the United States. The album’s lead single, “Cranes in the Sky” won the Grammy for Best R&B Performance. Her fourth studio album, When I Get Home, was released in March 2019.

Solange was heavily influenced by Motown girl groups and says that her first passion is songwriting. She is frequently compared by the media to her sister, Beyoncé, but Solange insists they have different aspirations and are musically different. She has been ranked by Billboard as the 100th most successful dance artist of all-time, and in 2017 was honored with the “Impact Award” at Billboard Women in Music.

Discography: 4 albums from 2002 – 2019

One thing to share:
In recent years, Solange has also garnered considerable attention as a fashion icon. Her knack for bold colors, mixed prints and retro styles as well as her knack for glamorous, fashion forward looks in her music videography and public appearances has become integral to her current image. In 2008, Knowles was named as ambassador for Giorgio Armani’s younger diffusion line, Armani Jeans. Armani said Knowles epitomizes the style, which is a “vision of a young, independent, casual lifestyle with a strong and cool, fashion sensibility.

Sources: wikipedia and Useless Daily

14 Comments Add yours

  1. Losing You is one of my favourite of her songs. Also, her videos are always a feast for my colour-loving eyes. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      She sounds great and love the videos. Can you imagine living in the shadow of your mega-superstar sister? It has to be tough for her.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. I guess that at some point you just have to accept that your sister is ‘the queen’ and hopefully celebrate the fact that she actually happens to be your sister. Neverthless, you’re right. I can’t imagine it’s easy.

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Aphoristical says:

    Her last two records are very good.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. msjadeli says:

    Thanks for the tip!

    Like

  4. badfinger20 (Max) says:

    I had no idea it was her sister. I have learned about her at Aphoristical’s site. I do like the rhythm of it.

    Maybe next year…would you consider Maria McKee?

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      I didn’t either until I started researching her. Yes, of course. Just added McKee to the list 🙂

      Like

      1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

        Thank you… she was one of my favorite singers of the 80s… and 90s

        Like

        1. msjadeli says:

          You’re welcome. There is room for more if you have any more suggestions, Max.

          Liked by 1 person

          1. badfinger20 (Max) says:

            Well you know my two favorites and you did one…I’m not sure how you feel about the other. Janis.

            Liked by 1 person

            1. msjadeli says:

              Wow can’t believe I didn’t cover her last year, and she’s not in this year’s line-up. For sure next year.

              Liked by 1 person

  5. Solange’s music is outside my core wheelhouse, but she does have a great voice. I pretty much feel the same about Beyoncé.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. msjadeli says:

      Same here, Christian. I had no idea she was Beyonce’s sister when I picked her.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. memadtwo says:

    Great video. (K)

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.