Tenitra Michelle Williams (born July 23, 1980), commonly known as Michelle Williams, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. She is best known for being a former member of the successful R girl group Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-selling female groups of all time according to Sony BMG.
Originally a backing vocalist for singer Monica, Williams, alongside Farrah Franklin, joined Destiny's Child in 2000 replacing former members LeToya Luckett and LaTavia Roberson. Following the departure of Franklin just five months later, Williams continued with fellow members Beyoncé and Kelly Rowland as a trio. In 2002, after a series of commercial successes, she went solo. Williams released her US number one gospel album Heart to Yours, which became the best-selling gospel album of 2002, selling over 200,000 copies in the US alone. The album won Williams a MOBO Award for "Best Gospel Act" in 2002, giving Williams her first ever award as a solo artist. In 2004, Williams released its successor, Do You Know which gained Williams a nomination for "Best Gospel Act" at the 2004 MOBO Awards.