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Beyonce Knowles Lyrics

Beyonce Knowles - Biography

Ask Beyonce what she wants people to hear when they listen to
Dangerously In Love, her debut solo album, and the
multi-platinum-selling pop/urban recording artist answers, "My
range. I want them to hear all of the musical influences from
hip-hop to rock to jazz, there's even a Shuggie Otis sample. I want
them to really hearthe talent. I know that folks love me as a pop
star. Now I want them to understand me as an artist."

That they will. Musically challenging and lyrically honest,
Dangerously In Love is more than just a solo CD from a superstar. It
is everything you'd expect from Beyonce and more than you could have
hoped for. Another side of someone we've loved for years,
Dangerously In Love is equally divided between seductive mid-tempos,
lush ballads and fiery club bangers, providing a sharp focus on who
Beyonce is right now: as a performer, as a woman, and as a creative
force to be reckoned with. The vibe is more mature, more playful,
more deeply passionate and sexually aggressive. Dangerously In Love
is the sound of a grown woman clearly staking her claim in the world
and, in the process, redefining expectations of who she is.

A 21-year-old Houston native, Beyonce Knowles is a founding member
and chief songwriter of Destiny's Child, one of the biggest selling
female acts of all time. With many of the group's hit songs
co-written and co-produced by Beyonce, Destiny's Child has sold more
than 33 million records worldwide. When Beyonce won the 2001 ASCAP
Pop Songwriter Of The Year Award, she became the first
African-American woman -- and the second woman ever -- to receive
that honor.

Led by founding members Beyonce Knowles and Kelly Rowland, Destiny's
Child burst on the scene in 1997 with their multi-platinum single,
"No, No, No," from their self-titled album. That success
was dwarfed when Destiny's Child's The Writing's On The Wall was
released in 1999. The album would go on to sell more than 10 million
copies worldwide, driven in part by three Top 10 hits: "Jumpin,
Jumpin," "Say My Name" and "Bills, Bills,
Bills," which spent 9 weeks at #1 on the Billboard RandB
singles chart.

A year after Michelle Williams joined Destiny's Child in 2000, the
group recorded Survivor, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200
album chart. Survivor was certified double platinum four weeks after
its release and has gone on to sell more than nine million copies
worldwide. In 2001 Destiny's Child took home two Grammy awards: Best
RandB song ("Say My Name") and Best RandB performance by a
Duo or Group ("Say My Name"). Destiny's Child has won
numerous other awards, among them Billboard Artist of the year,
NAACP Image Awards, American Music Awards, Nickelodeon Kid's Choice
and The Sammy Davis Jr. Award for Entertainer of the Year at the
Soul Train Awards. The group has toured worldwide and performed at
many high profile events including The Michael Jackson 30th
Anniversary Concert Special and the Concert For New York City.

Given the fact that the general public is so familiar with
chart-topping songs such as "Say My Name,"
"Independent Woman, Part I" and "Survivor," it's
fair to enquire how Dangerously In Love differs from a Destiny's
Child project. "Naturally the songs on my album are going to
share some similarities," Beyonce admits. "But this time
because I only had to write for myself, my songs are much more
personal. I also wanted beats that were harder and to be able to
collaborate with other people. Basically this record was a chance
for me to grow as a writer and a singer. There are more ballads. The
vocals aren't as precisely produced and because it's just me, there
aren't as many harmonies. The experience was very liberating and
therapeutic. I felt free, because I could go into the studio and
talk about whatever I wanted, but in many ways it was actually
harder to be on my own creatively. I depend so much on Destiny's
Child (Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams) to tell me if they like
something or not. I'm so critical of myself that it's scary to have
to depend on your own instincts."

Helping Beyonce trust those instincts are an impressive array of
musical collaborators, among them Missy Elliot, Jay-Z, Sean Paul,
Mark Batson, Mario Winans, D-Roy and Mr. B, OutKast's Big Boi, Rich
Harrison, Fanatic, Scott Storch, and the legendary Luther Vandross
on "The Closer I Get To You." Beyonce shares co-executive
producer credits on Dangerously In Love with her father and manager
Mathew Knowles. She took an active role in all aspects of the album:
from writing and choosing material to producing, mastering and
mixing the tracks. Beyonce pays tribute to her father on the hidden
bonus track, "Daddy," which was produced by Beyonce and
Mark Batson.

The sexy first single, "Crazy In Love," featuring Jay-Z,
was co-produced by Beyonce and Rich Harrison. Jay-Z returns the
favor for Beyonce's part on his hit "Bonnie and Clyde 03."
With a beat that Beyonce says is "so hard it makes your heart
hurt!," "Crazy In Love" is about that moment when you
realize you're falling into love and looking crazy but you simply
don't care. The abandon continues on "Speechless,"
produced by Fanatic. "As soon as I heard the track it inspired
me," she admits. "It's very sexy, very sensual. The sort
of ballad that I've never done before. This song is definitely a
population increaser!"

Laced with an Arabic ambience, fused with a ghetto-fied edge and
encompassing a sample from Donna Summer's "Love to Love You
Baby," "Naughty Girl" is uptempo and party perfect: a
sexy fantasy about having that one night where you lose all your
inhibitions, head to theclub and work it like a naughty girl.
"Many of the songs on the album examine aspects of
relationships, and this is one element."

Also sexy is the dancehall-Arabic flavored "Baby Boy,"
featuring the red hot Sean Paul. "I knew Sean had to be on my
album because I love his approach," she says. "'Baby Boy'
is another song about a fantasy and it's one of my favorites."

Such unabashed and upfront emotions might come as a surprise to long
time fans but make no mistake, Dangerously In Love isn't a rejection
of DC's sound. "I love Destiny's Child and I am a member of the
group, "she asserts. "We haven't broken up. We're going to
continue to tour and record and be a group. We've recorded a song,
'I Know,' for "The Fighting Temptations" soundtrack. We
all decided a long time back to explore solo projects and I'm the
third member of the group to release my own record. Things like
working apart keep the fire going and keep the fans eager for you.
I'm not trying to get away from DC or the legacy we have. I just
wanted to show a different approach and the growth I've experienced.

That growth is evident in Beyonce's burgeoning acting career. In
2001 she starred in MTV's "Carmen." In 2002 she appeared
as Foxy Cleopatra in "Austin Powers in Goldmember." This
year she will co-star with Cuba Gooding Jr. in "The Fighting
Temptations." She has two more features currently in production
and can also be seen on the small screen in a series of Spike
Lee-directed commercials for Pepsi-Cola. She is also the
spokesperson for L'Oreal.
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