Managed by her father Mathew, Knowles first ventured into the music business in 2001 as the lead singer, backed by Destiny's Child, on the title theme song for the animated television series The Proud Family. Mathew Knowles said he was testing the reactions, and, judging by what he had heard, "it seems like a good idea".In 2002, she was featured on Lil Romeo's second studio album Game Time, singing portions of Luther Vandross-penned "So Amazing" on the single "True Love", and on Kelly Rowland's debut solo album Simply Deep, for which she also wrote the title track, "Beyond Imagination" and "Obsession". which involved American producers such as Jermaine Dupri, The Neptunes, Linda Perry and Timbaland among others.At 13, she decided to pursue recording, but her parents initially advised her to wait.
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Expressing an interest in music from an early age, Knowles had several temporary stints as a backup dancer for Destiny's Child, which featured among the members her sister, before signing with her father Mathew Knowles's Music World Entertainment label.
At age 16, Knowles released her first studio album Solo Star (2002).
She is frequently compared by the media to her sister, Beyoncé, but Solange insists they have different aspirations and are musically different.
She has been ranked by Billboard as the 100th most successful dance artist of all-time, Her other ventures include an endorsement deal with Rimmel London and a line of hip-hop-oriented merchandise for young children.
In 2001 she appeared as Lil' Bow Wow's date in the music video for his single "Puppy Love". The album is primarily uptempo R&B, although Knowles said there are pop, rock, reggae and hip hop influences.
She also made an appearance on The Master of Disguise soundtrack and made cameos in Play's video for "M. including its lead single, "Feelin' You (Part II)".
Although the reviews were generally negative, Knowles earned praise from Variety magazine: "Solange Knowles is nearly as dazzling as big sister Beyoncé and does little more than smile winningly in her first bigscreen outing." In 2006, she starred as a cheerleading captain in the film Bring It On: All or Nothing, the third installment of the Bring It On series, alongside American actress and singer Hayden Panettiere.
What little critical reaction the low-budget, direct-to-DVD movie got was negative, Knowles finished working on her second studio album in 2008 and titled the project Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. It includes production by Cee Lo Green, Soulshock & Karlin and Mark Ronson as well as an appearance by Bilal.
Her fourth studio album, When I Get Home, was released in 2019.
Knowles was heavily influenced by Motown girl groups and says that her first passion is songwriting.
Between 20, Knowles had several minor acting roles, including the direct-to-video Bring It On: All or Nothing (2006) and continued writing music for her older sister Beyoncé Knowles and for former Destiny's Child group members Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Her second studio album Sol-Angel and the Hadley St.