Lord, thank you for protecting me and surrounding me with beautiful people and opportunities. May your will be done.
To my parents, thank you 4 your prayers, wisdom, and unconditional love. It goes beyond what I can say.
To Solange, I’m so proud of you and I feel so lucky 2 have you in my life. U are a phenomenal young lady.
Angie: My Best Friend. Thanks for your honesty, support, friendship, and strength. I couldn’t have done this without you.
Kelly: My sister, you deserve the Grammy nominations, movies, number one singles, an all of the other blessings you’ve gotten this year. I miss you and I can’t wait until the next Destiny’s Child record.
Michelle: You also deserve the #1 album, Broadway plays, ect…and I felt like a piece of me was missing without u & Kelly. I love you both.
Teresa: You worked so hard and did a great job. I thank you and I love you.
Joseph: You’re my inspiration & my friend. I couldn’t thank you enough. U Held Your Baby Thug Down!
One of the greatest singers of all time, Luther Vandross. Thank you for the honor of doing the duet with you. My brother Ty-Ty. Thank u 4 keepin’ me laughing when I needed it most. I can always talk 2 you. I love you. Thank you Lynie Locke, Lee, The Carter Family, Loretha Jones, Damon Elliot. Lonnie and Tara, the Smith family, Carline, Chaka, Angie Stone, and Rockwilder.
Thank you to all the producers and writers that contributed to this project: Puffy, Mario W., Adonis, Soul Diggaz, Lil Kim, Big Boi, Sean Paul, Missy, Shuggie Otis, Luther, Jay-Z, Mark Batson, Scott, EST, Art & Life, Focus, Fanatic, Angie Beyince, Rich, Pharrell and Chad, Bryce & Makeda.
To the best management company, the Music World Entertainment staff. Thank you for working so hard and dedicating so much of your time to getting the job done. Special thanks to Kim Burse who’s been around since day one when all of this was only a dream.
A special thanks to Ken Hertz, Jeremy Mohr, Jonathan Haft, and Andrea Nelson.
To the hottest glam squad: Tina Knowles & Ty Hunter, Billy B., Reggie Wells, Nisa Morales, Mally Roncai & Kim Kimble and Donna.
Thank you to Tony Maserati, Frank Gaston, and Lavelle. Angie P. & Somer, Sherita, Trish, Hymie, Vernell, Juanita and Rudy, Rod Spicer, Freddie Leiba, Tony Brigham, Tom Coyne, CaCee Cobb, and Deborah Mannis-Gardner. Thank you to the entire Columbia staff that has worked hands-on with this project. A special thanks to those I have worked with personally and closely…Yvette Noel-Shure, Quincy Jackson and Camille Yorrick. Thank you in advance to all those who will take over from here and work hard to push this project.
Thank you to all those who challenged and criticized me. The tears & sweat eventually lead to triumph and success.
To all my fans across the world: thank you for sticking by me and believing in me. Thank you for buying my albums and merchandise and for your constant support on the websites. To the members of my fan club, reading your letters and seeing your pictures makes me work harder. And to all the faces I will see at my concerts—please know that I‘m up there doing what I love because of you.
Executive Producers //Mathew Knowles and Beyoncé Knowles for Music World
A&R Executive //Teresa LaBarbera Whites
Album Mastered by //Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound, New York
Art Director //Ian Cuttler
Photography //Markus Klinko & Indrani
Stylist //Tina Knowles
Make up //Mally Roncal
Hair //Chuckie Amos
Prop Stylist //Kevin Bird
Photo on page 2 //Dahien
Antwan “Big Boi” Patton appears courtesy of Arista Records.
Jay-Z appears courtesy of Roc-A-Fella Records.
Luther Vandross appears courtesy of J Records.
Ivan Hampden appears courtesy of World Blue Records.
Missy Elliot appears courtesy of Elektra Records.
Sean Paul appears courtesy of Atlantic Records.
Sleepy Brown appears courtesy of DreamWorks Records.