"We had to go to singing lessons at 6am and we sacrificed part of our childhood.
We were pulled out of school in the sixth grade, so we didn't get to go to the prom or do any of that homecoming queen stuff. We were very keen and focused for a bunch of kids." It seems fitting that Knowles and Luckett first teamed up on songs from Pinocchio.
Eventually you get the courage to go out on your own." Like many an R&B diva, Luckett began singing in church.
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The 25-year-old Houston-born singer is a master of the meet-and-greet, and her vivacity and sexy Texan drawl soon take the edge off her lateness. Six years after being booted out of Destiny's Child, she has scored a US No 1 with her eponymous debut album.
Released some six weeks before Beyoncé Knowles's latest album B'Day, Luckett matched the chart placing that her rival and erstwhile bandmate's debut solo album achieved in the US. "Everybody thought I was going to give up after the Destiny's Child situation," says Luckett.
When the group released their 1999 breakthrough album The Writing's On The Wall, Luckett and Robertson were seeking to free themselves from Mathew's management contract, claiming he kept a disproportionate share of profits.
Luckett and Robertson had not intended to leave the group, but the die was already cast.
(Franklin would soon go the way of Luckett and Robertson.) Naturally, her sacking is not something Luckett is keen to talk about now but, when pushed, she says the saddest thing was losing such close friendships. "If we'd been a little bit more mature, we could probably have talked things through, but these things happen for a reason." At the time, Luckett and Robertson were less philosophical, suing Mathew Knowles and their former bandmates for breach of partnership, and eventually gaining a settlement in 2000.