How often does a talent emerge who is so sensational that the world is enamored and revolutionized? And how often can you say that you grew up going to the same restaurants, churches and amusement parks as them?
Beyoncé Knowles was born on Sept. 4, 1981 in Houston, and Clutch City will never forget it. Beyoncé spent her Houstonian summers attending St. John’s Downtown United Methodist Church, AstroWorld and SplashTown, according to visithoustontexas.com. The star also fine-tuned her love and talent for dancing while attending Ms. Darlette’s dance classes and showcases, which were run by Darlette Johnson-Baily of the “Kids in Dance” group. Beyoncé also briefly attended Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, and later Elief Elsik High School, according to the Houston Chronicle.
These days, Mrs. Knowles-Carter returns to Houston for Thanksgiving, Christmas and the Houston Rodeo. Favorite restaurants of hers include Frenchy’s Chicken, This Is It and Pappadeaux.
Beyoncé’s father and one-time manager, Mathew Knowles, owns the House of Deréon Media Center in Midtown. Knowles’ venue is a “multifunctional facility,” which made its hosting debut in 2006, according to houston.eventful.com. The singer-songwriter turned businesswoman also finds time to visit her management company, Music World Entertainment, which her father founded and owns.
Bey also owns a fashion line called House of Dereon with her mother, Tina. Tina is a beauty stylist, and she used to host practice for her daughter and the future members of Destiny’s Child in her hair salon.
“Houston is where my stage presence and confidence (were) developed,” said Beyoncé to visithoustontexas.com.
And Houstonians are ever so glad that their city could help her out.