LeToya Nicole Luckett (born March 11, 1981), known
professionally as LeToya, is an American R&B singer-songwriter
and actress. She was a member of the R&B group Destiny's Child,
She was replaced by Michelle Williams (singer) in 2000 ad with whom
she won two Grammy Awards and released many successful commercial recordings.
After signing a record deal with Capitol Records, she's been having
a successful solo career. Her solo debut album, LeToya (2006), topped
the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart in July 2006 and was certified
platinum by the RIAA in December 2006. The single, "Torn",
achieved records on BET's top ten countdown show 106 & Park. She
was also named "One of the Best New Artists of 2006" by AOL
and the "Top Songwriter of 2006" by ASCAP. Luckett released
a second solo album Lady Love on August 25, 2009 which debuted at #1
on the U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #12 on the U.S. Billboard
200 chart. Luckett is also making a name for herself as an actress.
She was the star of the movie Preacher's Kid. She's part of the cast
of Killers and From The Rough and has a recurring role on the second
season of HBO series Treme.
 Early life and career beginnings
LeToya Nicole Luckett was born March 11, 1981 in Houston, Texas. Luckett
grew up singing in her local Brentwood Baptist Church. She also had
vocal lessons to become an opera singer. Her father, who was also a
singer, was very proud of his daughter's vocal talents and tried to
promote her in the music business. Luckett is the eldest of two children;
she has a younger brother Gavin. Luckett was given the opportunity
to sing her first church solo at the age of five (5). "The lady
just gave me the mic one Sunday and I sang", she recalled.
Shortly thereafter, she joined the children's choir and began performing
in plays at her elementary school. One day, she walked to her desk
in class to find a girl sitting in her seat. Luckett asked her teacher
to remove the girl from her assigned seat, who turned out to be Beyoncé Knowles.
They later became friends, and she was invited to join Latavia and
Beyoncé's singing group.
 Destiny's Child
Main article: Destiny's Child
In 1993, LeToya Luckett joined Beyoncé Knowles, LaTavia Roberson,
and Kelly Rowland to complete the Houston-based R&B group, Destiny's
Child. After being signed and later dropped by Elektra Records, the
group eventually signed with Columbia Records in 1997, but not before
signing with Mathew Knowles as their official manager. According to
the E! Television Special, Boulevard of Broken Dreams, Knowles forced
the girls to sign with him before they could sign with the label. LeToya's
mother requested the contracts be reviewed by an attorney, but Knowles
denied the request. However, Luckett eventually signed with him and
joined the group.
After graduating from the Houston club scene, the group began opening
for masive acts such as Dru Hill, SWV, and Immature, and released their
1998 self-titled debut album Destiny's Child. The album spawned two
singles: the platinum "No, No, No Part II" (featuring Wyclef
Jean) and "With Me". The group was featured on the Why Do
Fools Fall in Love soundtrack with the song "Get on the Bus" (featuring
Timbaland), and later toured as an opening act on TLC's "Fanmail
Tour" and Christina Aguilera's debut tour.
In 1999, the group released their second album, The Writing's on the
Wall. The album became one of the biggest selling albums released by
a female group, and was certified eight times platinum in the USA.
The album spawned four hit singles: "Bills, Bills, Bills", "Bug
a Boo", "Say My Name" and "Jumpin' Jumpin'".
In late 1999, in the midst of the group's rising success, Luckett and
Roberson sent a letter to their management stating they wanted their
own manager because of the increasing lack of communication from the
group's manager Mathew Knowles (who is also Beyoncé Knowles'
father). The pair said they never wanted to fire Knowles, but they
did want to secure outside management to represent them fairly. Soon
after, Luckett and Roberson found themselves on the outs with Knowles
family and the group they helped create. When the "Say My
Name" music video debuted in February 2000, they were shocked
to find themselves replaced by two new members, Michelle Williams and
Luckett and Roberson filed a lawsuit against Matthew Knowles, Beyoncé Knowles
and Kelly Rowland, charging them with breach of partnership and fiduciary
duties, and sought unspecified damages. Luckett and Roberson withdrew
the case against Beyoncé and Kelly, but continued to sue Matthew
Knowles. The case was eventually settled, with Luckett and Roberson
continuing to receive royalties from their contributions as founding
members of the group. When it seemed as if the drama had subsided,
shortly following the release of Destiny's Child's Survivor, Luckett
and Roberson filed another lawsuit against the group in March 2002.
They claimed that the album's lead single, "Survivor", violated
their previous settlement due to its lyrics, which they believed to
reference the ugly split.
 Life after Destiny's Child
After several months of media speculation, it was announced via the
MTV News website that Luckett and Roberson had created a new group
called Anjel. After several auditions, Naty Quinones and Tiffany
Beaudoin were selected as members. The group recorded a twenty-two-song
demo in Atlanta, Georgia, with the help of R&B group Jagged Edge.The
group also appeared in Jagged Edge's video for "Where the Party
At (Remix)". Unfortunately their production company (581 Entertainment)
which handled the group fell through, and all the members of Anjel
went on to pursue solo projects. However, the recorded tracks were
leaked onto the Internet.
 Solo career
 LeToya (2006-2007)
After the Anjel project fell through, Luckett joined with Noontime,
an Atlanta-based management/production company. Along with Noontime,
she recorded a five song demo and eventually signed with Capitol Records
in 2003. Soon after, she began working on her debut solo album. The
first promotional song, "You Got What I Need", was released
in 2004, followed next year by "All Eyes on Me". She featured
on "My Promise" with her label mate Houston on his debut
album It's Already Written, "What Love Can Do" on the Coach
Carter soundtrack, and on "This Is My Life" with former boyfriend
and rapper Slim Thug on his album Already Platinum.
LeToya's self-titled debut album, was released on July 2006 and debuted
at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
charts, outselling the compilation Now That's What I Call Music! and
Pharrell Williams's debut album. The album was certified gold after
one month and as of December 2006, the album had been certified platinum.
Luckett and Beyoncé Knowles are the only members of Destiny's
Child to have an album debut at number one on the Billboard 200 and
achieve platinum status in the U.S.
With LeToya being marketed as "The H-Town Chick", the album
featured hip-hop inspired R&B production. Producers on the album
included Jermaine Dupri, Scott Storch, Teddy Bishop, B. Cox, and musical
guests Slim Thug, Mike Jones, Paul Wall, and Bun B. "All Eyes
on Me" was originally chosen as LeToya's debut single, but she
selected "Torn" instead. She stated she "had to go against
the grain" to get that single released, but it proved to be a
good move. The ballad (produced by Teddy Bishop and a personal favorite
of LeToya's) was released March 2006 and became an R&B hit. The
song climbed the Billboard charts, peaking at number two on the Hot
R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and became the number one song on urban radio.
LeToya's most successful single to date.
She Don't" (2006)
LeToya's second single from her self-titled debut album LeToya.
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Although Torn was still receiving major airplay, her second single, "She
Don't", was released to radio and the video premiered on BET's
Access Granted in July 2006 featuring LeToya's ex-boyfriend, Slim Thug.
The single received moderate success, reaching number seventeen on
the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. In November 2006, "Obvious" was
selected as the third single. According to Billboard, the song had
a 94% chance of becoming a hit, but due to the merger of Capitol Records
and Virgin Records, all promotion and money was frozen, therefore the
single was never officially released. Luckett was also named "One
of the Best New Artists of 2006" by AOL Music, number two on Rap-Up
magazines' Top 5 Breakthrough Artists of 2006, and had received multiple
nominations from the NAACP, the Soul Train Music Awards, and the Teen
BET promoted LeToya heavily not only on 106 & Park, The Center,
and The Black Carpet, but with a three-part reality series special
called The H-Town Chick, which aired from May to July 2006. The series
chronicled LeToya's experiences during her summer promotional tour
and insight on her life since Destiny's Child. BET also hosted a contest
that gave fans the opportunity to decide the final outcome of the "Torn" video.
Cingular hosted a Lip-Sync contest that awarded those who best performed "Torn" best
in an online submitted video.
In addition to a nationwide radio tour, club performances, a brief
European and Asian appearances, LeToya was asked to participate in
the 2006 "Pantene Total You" Tour, the "Cingular Live
in Concert" series, and was personally invited by Mary J. Blige
to join her summer tour, The Breakthrough Experience Tour, as her opening
 Lady Love (2008-2010)
Main article: Lady Love (LeToya album)
In July, while opening for a Mary J. Blige concert, LeToya announced
that her upcoming album was going to be named Lady Love, she then introduced
and performed two new songs "Lady Love" and "Don't Let
Me Get Away".
On December 10, a buzz track, Swagger, that features rappers such
as Slim Thug, Killa Kyleon and Bun B leaked onto the internet, surprisingly
the song makes a reference of Beyoncé's song, Upgrade U.
In 2008 she was featured on Webbie's single "I Miss You" which
was a moderate success. She did not appear in the video due to the
fact that she was busy acting in the nationwide play "Rumors" and
as a result wasn't able to make it to the shoot.
LeToya's second solo album was released on August 25, 2009. and
debuted at #1 on the Billboard R&B Hip Hop chart. The first single, "Not
Anymore", was written by Ne-Yo and was produced by Bei Maejor.
It was released on February 3. The music video was released on March
10. The uptempo song "She Ain't Got Sh** On Me" was leaked
onto the internet end of March 2009. Luckett ran a contest online
giving fans the chance to choose the follow-up single to “Not
Anymore.” She gave the option of voting for one of two songs
off her second album, Lady Love. “We want the fans to choose
between ‘Regret’ and ‘She Ain’t Got Shit On
Me” LeToya said. “So whichever one wins between those two.
They’ll both be singles though". "She Ain't Got..." won
and became the next single peaking at #20 on the Billboard Hot Dance
"Regret" was released soon after and became an urban hit
reaching #3 on Urban Mediabase. The song peaked at #78 on the U.S.
Billboard Hot 100 chart and #8 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop
 The New Era (present)
LeToya stated she is currently in the studio working on her third
studio album, due at the top of 2012.
A first song called "You Need Me Back" produced by Song
Dynasty leaked in October 2010. Shortly after Pleasure P's leaked "She
Likes" which feature LeToya was spread onto the internet. It is
speculated that Luckett has left her record company Capitol Records
over the albums release date delays, minimal promotion and confusing
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 Acting career
Luckett's first role on television was on the WB show "Smart
Guy" in 1998 with Destiny's Child. She also had an
appearance in the movie "Beverly Hood" in 1999.
Since 2008, LeToya has been acting in plays and movies. LeToya was
part of the cast of JD Lawrence's stage play Rumors as the character
Michelle. She hit the road from January 31, 2008 to March 2, 2008.
Luckett is the star of the movie Preacher's Kid, which was released
in January 2010.
She appeared in the movie Killers, released June 4, 2010, along with
Ashton Kutcher, Katherine Heigl, Tom Selleck and Usher.
Luckett has finished shooting the movie From The Rough along with
Taraji P. Henson and Tom Felton.
Luckett has been cast in HBO drama series Treme
Luckett is a student at Tasha Smith's acting workshop.
Year Title Role Notes
1998 Smart Guy Herself "A Date With Destiny" (season 3, episode
2011 Treme Alison (season 2, recurring, 6 episodes)
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Beverly Hood Girl # 3 Minor
2010 Preacher's Kid Angie Star
Killers Amanda Supporting
2011 From the Rough Becky Supporting
 Personal life
In 2010, Luckett became the new face of Luster's Hair Care and thus
replacing Keyshia Cole. She appears on the product line's boxes, billboards
 Lady L Boutique
Luckett is the owner of Lady L Boutique. She originally opened this
successful clothing boutique in 2003 in the Uptown Park shopping center
in her hometown of Houston, Texas as "Lady Elle Boutique" but
renamed it to "Lady L Boutique". The store is an upscale
women's boutique. She has opened a second location in The Galleria
in Houston, Texas.
During the post first solo album era, Luckett also became involved
in philanthropic activity. She has been participating in various events
like the "Women in Entertainment Empowerment Summit".
She was part of the national tour of the "Hip-Hop Summit Action
Network ‘Get Your Money Right’ a Financial Empowerment
She also visits schools to motivate and encourage kids to study, pass
classes and to further their education after graduation. She also speaks
on the subject of violence and domestic abuse.
Main article: LeToya Luckett discography
2009: Lady Love
 Awards and nominations
Note: as a solo artist. For awards specifically received from 1998
to the Grammy Awards of 2001 check out List of awards received by Destiny's
Celebrities' Choice Award
Best Music Video: "Torn" (nominated)
Groovevolt Music Awards
Best R&B Female Performance: "Torn"
Teen Choice Awards
Female Artist Breakout (nominated)
NAACP Image Awards
Outstanding New Artist (nominated)
ASCAP's Rhythm & Soul Awards
Top Songwriter or Publisher
Top Song: "Torn"
Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards
Best R&B/Soul Single, Female: "Torn" (nominated)
Urban Music Awards
Best Music Video: "Torn"