She started working at the age of seven – and hasn’t stopped since.
By nine she was taking voice lessons from an opera singer. A year later she’d recorded 50 or 60 songs in the recording studio. When she reached 13 she’d already suffered her first vocal injury from singing in the studio for too many hours, something which required weeks of vocal rest. And before she hit her milestone 16th birthday, she signed with one of the world’s largest record companies, starting her on the path to stardom.
Beyoncé Knowles Carter sure has packed a lot into life – and she’s nowhere near done as she celebrates her 40th birthday on 4 September.