Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, and visual artist, Solange Knowles has used her platform to advocate for representation and justice while providing constructive and empowering messages. With the release of her critically acclaimed albums, A Seat at the Table and When I Get Home, Solange has invoked themes of identity, empowerment, grief and healing that have resonated with millions of voices. This coupled with her work in other artistic mediums has led to a defining career of music, visual art, and activism.
Solange has conducted performance art shows across the globe including at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC(2017), the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas(2017) and the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg, in Germany(2019). She has exhibited video art installations at London’s Tate Modern and premiered the interdisciplinary video and dance performance piece, Metatronia, which featured Metatron’s Cube, 2018; a sculpture conceptualized and created by Solange, at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
Solange released her debut album ‘Solo Star’ in 2002, bringing popularity to a new take on R&B that included Urban Contemporary elements. Proudly commanding her unique sound, she continued to explore the possibilities of straying from safe/radio-friendly jams by blending Jazz, Funk, Electonica and R&B/Soul elements in ‘Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams’ released in 2008 followed by her ‘True’ EP in 2012.
In 2016 Solange’s album A Seat at The Table debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Chart, Apple Music, and iTunes Overall Top Albums Charts. The record’s success led to her performing for President Obama at the White House as well as the Orion’s Rise performance series that included 2 sold out shows at Radio City Music Hall and shows at Hollywood Bowl, the Kennedy Center, the Greek Theatre, and Orpheum Theater. Solange also performed the album to 4 sold out shows at the legendary Sydney Opera House in Australia in June of 2018.
In 2019 Solange released her album and interdisciplinary art film entitled When I Get Home. The album was an exploration of origin. It asked the question how much of ourselves do we bring with us versus leave behind in our evolution. Solange returned to Third Ward Houston to answer this. Written, performed, and executive produced by Solange, the release resulted in her third top 10 debut on the Billboard 200, hit #1 on iTunes, and kicked off a global tour. Solange premiered an extended director’s cut of her film at museums and contemporary institutions including The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Los Angeles, The Brooklyn Museum, New York and V&A London.
Solange’s work in music and the arts has led to her being named Harvard University’s Artist of the Year in 2018. She was honored by The New School as a pioneering figure in fashion and the arts at the 70th Annual Parsons Benefit. She has also been the recipient of Glamour’s Woman of the Year Award and Billboard’s Impact Award.