From Poverty to Power: The Rise of Beyonce Writer Vincent Berry

LOS ANGELES, CA – JANUARY 26: Singer Beyonce and rapper Jay Z perform onstage during the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The internet was shook last week! Literally SHOOK! Beyonce and Jay-Z announced their On The Run Tour 2, and per usual people everywhere rushed to gather their monies to pay for what I’m confident will be an epic show! Today, Earth shook AGAIN when more cities were added to the already packed list of shows and presale dates were announced. The element of surprise has been one that has proven successful for both megastars. I vividly remember attending their first tour together in California. My friends and I cheered, sang, smiled, and even cried as we watched in amazement, in the pouring rain might I add, as the duo gave us a show worth every dime.

One has to wonder how such a powerhouse couple is able to do the amazing things they do. It all starts with an amazing team. One hidden gem on the Beyhive team is songwriter Vincent Berry II.

LOS ANGELES, CA – APRIL 15: Producer-songwriter Vincent Berry (L) and Supervising Casting Director Michelle McNulty speak onstage at ‘R&B/Hip-Hop Feedback’ during the 2017 ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO on April 15, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Maury Phillips/Getty Images for ASCAP)

Vincent is a name in the industry elite that has quickly risen to fame and popularity with the help of his contribution to Beyonce’s last album Lemonade. He was one of the masterminds and writers of her hit song “Sandcastles.” What’s even more remarkable, is just a short year before he wrote this song for the queen he was a homeless songwriter and artist trying to make his mark in the music world.

So how does one go from being homeless to having one the biggest stars in the world sing your song? Resiliency!

Vincent started his career early on. He was