LeToya Luckett Biography

Already stepped nicely in the beginning of her solo career through album "LeToya" that secure No. 1 on the Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album chart, LeToya Nicole Luckett apparently has gone full-force this time to claim her place in R&B music scene judging from a series of performances she has been slated to undergo as the opening act of Mary J. Blige's North American summer tour which sure will raise her profile among music listeners. Accompanied by Jaheim, this striking singer is set to spend the rest of July 2006 going around cities of New York, Camden, Holmdel, Cleveland, and Bristow before heading for Boston's Bank of America Pavilion where the tour will enter the very first date of August. More 13 shows will follow afterwards for the whole month up to date 27, covering the venues in Atlantic City, San Antonio, Columbus, Toronto, and Fort Lauderdale among others to then make stops in Irvine and Las Vegas on September 1 and 2, respectively.

A native of Houston born on March 11, 1981, LeToya has shown her great talent in singing since she was still a very young child to then quickly encounter her first public performance of singing solo in the church by the age of 5. Soon included in the children's choir, the girl finally was able to find the right vehicle to nurture her craft when she satisfyingly made her way to join a music group called GirlTyme alongside her elementary school friend, Beyonce Knowles, also LaTavia Roberson and Kelly Rowland in 1993. As the troupe later morphed into Destiny's Child and signed to Columbia Records by 1997, she plus other personnel delightfully saw themselves achieved initial success through single “No, No, No” from their 1998 self-titled debut album before received much greater fame with second LP, “The Writing's on the Wall” by the next year.

In the middle of this superb accomplishment, LeToya however had grown a different view on the Destiny's Child's manager, Matthew Knowles, whom she considered to retain too much of the group's profits besides taking more favor to Beyonce and Rowland. In her effort to secure outside management, the beauty, supported by LaTavia, subsequently tried to make a break with the man only to shockingly find out that she also LaTavia were suddenly replaced by Michelle Williams and Farrah Franklin without their consent in “Say My Name” music video debuted in February 2000. This consequently led to a fierce dispute between both sides which stretched up to year 2002 before an eventual settlement ultimately was made in July stating that she deserved to receive royalties from Columbia for the sale of all the troupe's records as the singer originally had signed a five-album contract before.

Still intended to continue their career in music industry, LeToya and LaTavia thus embarked on a journey to establish their own R&B quartet, auditioning a number of young women to at last place Naty Quinones also Tiffany Beaudoin in the line-up. Under the name of Anjel, the foursome smoothly managed to record 22 songs in Atlanta for their demo yet all the hard works unfortunately resulted in vain when the production company handling them unexpectedly fell through which gravely ignited the members to go their separate ways by 2003. Nevertheless, the failure thankfully did not discourage LeToya's determination to keep building her path and changing direction to solo instead, she wonderfully strived to successfully land deal with Capitol Records in 2004. Persistently worked on her materials, she then confidently released her first promotional single, "U Got What I Need", later that year followed by another entitled “All Eyes on Me” in 2005.

While those two compositions did not really make sound in the music scene, the next single, entitled “Torn”, on the other hand, truly served as an effective vehicle for LeToya to bring out her name to the surface without relying on her past status of being Destiny's Child former member. Launched on March 21, 2006, the tune amazingly did not wait long to peak at the second spot on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, in the meantime firmly climbing to the 31st rank of The Billboard Hot 100 in its 10th week on the chart apart from taking number 1 position on BET's 106 & Park countdown also Urban Mediabase. With this sweet result, it therefore not quite a surprise that her first solo album, an eponymous one, took the No. 1 slot on The Billboard 200, sold 165,000 copies only a week after its release on July 25.