Knowles started singing at an early age. As a child, she competed in regional talent programs, and gained many of these occasions by thrilling audiences with her natural singing and dancing capabilities. Teaming up with her cousin, Kelly Rowland, and 2 schoolmates, Beyoncé formed an all-female singing group. Her father, Matthew Knowles, worked as the band's supervisor. The group underwent some name and line-up modifications before landing a record deal in 1997 with Columbia Records. Destiny's Child quickly turned into one of the most popular R&B acts, with the release of their first, self-titled cd. Getting energy, the group scored its first No. 1 solitary on the pop graphes with "Bills, Bills, Bills," off their second cd. The recording likewise featured another play, "Say My Name." While enjoying her group's success, Beyoncé started discovering other jobs. She made her acting debut in 2001 with a starring job in MTV.