Beyonce’s Friends And Family Honor Singer’s 34th Birthday With Song Dedications
Jay Z, Kelly Rowland and Solange Knowles paid tribute to birthday girl Beyonce by sharing the songs which evoke their favorite memories of the superstar with fans online. The “Drunk In Love” singer turned 34 on Friday and to celebrate the occasion, her loved ones unveiled their “most cherished moments” for a special piece on her website.
Rap mogul Jay Z reveals he always has fond memories when he listens to their friend Chris Martin’s Coldplay tune “Yellow,” writing, “This song reminds me of you and I on vacation. ‘Look at the stars, look how they shine for you.’ So many legendary nights. It represents vulnerability; it’s us in our own world, away from work and totally lost in love. ‘For you, I’ll bleed myself dry.'” Beyonce’s mom, stylist Tina Knowles, selected “Home” by Stephanie Mills, and recalled a childhood performance of the track when she was just nine years old: “You brought the house down and got a standing ovation and all. You did a spin and wound up backwards and then – in what would become ‘True Beyonce Fashion’ – you made it part of your act. The show must always go on!” Her father, former manager Mathew Knowles, named Smokey Robinson’s “Here I Go Again,” while sister Solange remembers Beyonce humming Kim Burrell’s “Holy Ghost” to her, “being the calming beautiful spirit she is, making everything that resided in that moment filled with love.” The icon’s Destiny’s Child bandmates Rowland and Michelle Williams also offered up their respective picks, Mary J. Blige’s “What’s the 411,” and “Island Letter” by Shuggie Otis, while her mother-in-law, Jay Z’s mom Gloria Carter, chose Beyonce’s own song, “I Was Here.” Beyonce’s three-year-old daughter Blue Ivy wasn’t left out either – naming The Little Mermaid tune “Part Of Your World,” she adds, “Mommy you sung this to me all the time. Happy Birthday, Mommy!”