Birth Name: Tenitra Michelle Williams
Place of Birth: Rockford, Illinois, U.S.
Date of Birth: July 23, 1979
Michelle is the daughter of Anita (Washington) and Dennis Myles Williams III.
Michelle started singing in her church choir. She later joined such gospel groups as United Harmony. She tried a different path in college, studying criminal justice at Illinois State University before dropping out to pursue music.
In 1999, Michelle got her first big break. She was hired as a backup singer for R&B star Monica for a tour. Before long, Michelle reached new heights of musical success. She was recommended to Beyoncé Knowles and Kelly Rowland, who were looking for someone to join their hit group, Destiny’s Child.
Michelle’s paternal grandfather was named Dennis Myles Williams, Jr.
Michelle’s paternal grandmother was named Freda Neal Nolan (the daughter of Luke Nolan and Sevilla). Freda was born in Alabama.
Michelle’s maternal grandfather was named Eddie Washington.
Michelle’s maternal grandmother was named Sammie.
Obituary of Michelle’s paternal grandmother, Freda Neal (Nolan) Williams – http://www.legacy.com