Friday, November 1, 2013

November 1: Founding member of Girl's Tyme & Destiny's Child - LaTavia Roberson – is 32-years-old today.

LaTavia Marie Roberson was born November 1, 1981, She is a two-time Grammy Award–winning American contralto singer-songwriter. An original member of Girl's Tyme which later became Destiny's Child, she became an actress after leaving the group.

As a child, LaTavia was the face of Soft and Beautiful's Just For Me Hair Care relaxer for kids. When she was nine years old, she auditioned for a girl group to become a rapper and dancer. She met Beyoncé Knowles and they became friends.

LaTavia took vocal lessons, and with Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, Tamar Davis and the Nikki Twins, entered Star Search competition as "Girl's Tyme." After losing the competition, they underwent several name changes—the Dolls, Something Fresh, and Cliché. They were signed to Elektra Records in which LaTavia and Beyoncé made a video for the song "One Time". However the group were dropped by the label.

They then developed into a quartet, with Beyoncé, Rowland, and Beyoncé's elementary school friend LeToya Luckett. They were signed by Columbia Records in 1997 by the name of Destiny's Child with Beyoncé and Kelly as the lead singers, LaTavia and LeToya performed harmony, background, and occasional lead.

In 1998, Destiny's Child released their self-titled debut album Destiny's Child. The singles were "No, No, No" featuring Wyclef Jean and "With Me." Their song "Get on the Bus" featuring Timbaland (which was released as a single in Europe) was on the Why Do Fools Fall in Love soundtrack. Destiny's Child toured as an opening act on TLC's FanMail Tour and Christina Aguilera's debut tour.

In 1999, Destiny's Child released their second album, The Writing's on the Wall. It became one of the biggest selling albums released by a female group and was certified eight-times platinum in the U.S. The album includes four hit singles; "Bills, Bills, Bills," "Bug a Boo," "Say My Name" and "Jumpin' Jumpin'."

In January 2000, in the midst of their success, Roberson LeToya Luckett tried to make a break with manager Mathew Knowles claiming he favored his daughter Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland and was retaining too much of the group's profits. The pair said at the time they were only looking to secure outside management, but they soon found themselves on the outs with Knowles.

When the "Say My Name" video debuted in February 2000, they were replaced by two new members, Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin. Roberson and Luckett filed a lawsuit in March 2000 against Mathew Knowles and the group.

Roberson is rumored to be returning to the studio to continue working on her debut solo album. She is also scheduled to star in her own reality TV show.


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