Michelle Williams

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Williams in 2013, photo by Prphotos.com

Birth Name: Tenitra Michelle Williams

Place of Birth: Rockford, Illinois, U.S.

Date of Birth: July 23, 1979

Ethnicity: African-American

Michelle Williams is an American recording artist and actress. She was a member of top-selling R&B girl group Destiny’s Child, along with Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland.

Michelle is the daughter of Anita (Washington) and Dennis Myles Williams III. She 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.

Sources: http://www.biography.com

Obituary of Michelle’s paternal grandmother, Freda Neal (Nolan) Williams – http://www.legacy.com

9 Responses

  1. savanna says:

    Her paternal grandmother Freda Neal (Nolan) “Mama Freda” daughter of Luke Nolan and Sevilla.

  2. savanna says:

    Her parents are Dennis Myles Williams III and Anita (Washington).

    Her paternal grandparents are Dennis Myles Williams Jr. and Freda “Mama Freda”.

    Her maternal grandparents are Eddie Washington and Sammie.


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