Profiling Christina Aguilera, Grammy Award-winner

 

Christina Aguilera, a singer and composer, was born in Staten Island, New York, on December 18, 1980. As a part of the cast of The All New Mickey Mouse Club, Aguilera launched her career. She quickly became well-known after the publication of her popular song “Genie in a Bottle,” for which she won the Grammy Award for Best New Artist. What a Girl Wants, Come on Over Baby, Lady Marmalade, and the sexually explicit “Dirty” are some of her other top hits. Aguilera has recently worked as a mentor and coach on the singing competition program The Voice.

Early Life

Fausto Xavier Aguilera and his wife Shelly Loraine Fidler welcomed their daughter Christina Maria Aguilera into the world on December 18, 1980, on Staten Island, New York. Early on, Aguilera’s family experienced problems. Her father was a violent spouse who immigrated from Ecuador and served as a sergeant in the American Army. Aguilera’s mother didn’t succeed in ending the marriage and relocating her two daughters—Christina and her younger sister, Rachel—to a new life in Rochester, Pennsylvania, until Christina was six years old.

Aguilera’s passion for music began at a young age, a talent she undoubtedly got from her musical mother, a skilled violinist and pianist. Aguilera’s powerful voice had already dominated several local talent competitions by the time she was in primary school, inspiring intense envy among her classmates and even some parents. The situation got so terrible that Aguilera’s mother ultimately decided to homeschool her daughter.

Nevertheless, Aguilera persisted in performing, and in 1990 she succeeded in landing a slot on the widely broadcast television program Star Search. The nine-year-old prodigy finished second in the competition after captivating spectators with a captivating performance of Etta James’ “A Sunday Kind of Love” there.

Songs and Albums

‘All I Wanna Do’

When Aguilera was hired as a “Mouseketeer” on The All New Mickey Mouse Club in 1993, she attracted greater national notice. Future stars like Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, and Keri Russell were among her castmates. The ambitious vocalist spent only two years on the program before leaving with her mother for Japan, where she collaborated with Japanese pop icon Keizo Nakanishi to create the number-one single “All I Wanna Do.” Soon after, further success followed.

‘Christina Aguilera’

Aguilera was chosen to perform “Reflection” on the Mulan album in 1998 by Walt Disney. The next year, after signing with RCA Records, the singer made her stage debut at the Lilith Fair performance festival for women only. Christina Aguilera, her debut album, was also released in 1999. It went on to sell more than 8 million copies, in part because of the number-one singles “Genie in a Bottle” and “What a Girl Wants.” Aguilera won the 2000 Grammy for Best New Artist for the album.

‘Lady Marmalade’

Aguilera rose to prominence as one of the top stars of a group of young pop idols, with fellow Mouseketeers Spears and Timberlake also dominating the charts with their unique albums. She didn’t feel confident upholding the spotless reputation this kind of role imposed on her, though. After collaborating with Pink, Mya, and Lil’ Kim on the well-known single “Lady Marmalade,” Aguilera released her second album, Stripped, in October 2002. The pop superstar had started down a new path, as its title suggests. The album, which was more sexualized and dominating than its predecessors, included several smash songs, such as “Dirty,” “Beautiful,” and “Make Over.”

‘Stripped’

Aguilera’s latest tattoos and piercings, along with her music, surprised some critics while winning her admiration from others.More than 4 million copies of Stripped were sold, and Aguilera was rightfully unapologetic about the music or her appearance. In an interview with The New York Times, the singer reflected on the album, saying, “I knew it was a bold move and I knew a lot of people wouldn’t be ready for it.”

‘Back to Basics’

With the publication of Back to Basics, a two-disc compilation of significant hits from the 1920s through the 1940s, Aguilera again shifted direction in 2006. Aguilera used the music to help establish her style, much as she had with her last album. She also briefly wore the look of Jean Harlow.

‘Bionic’

Aguilera’s Bionic album saw her return to record shelves in 2010. With this album, she experimented with a sound that had a more electronic edge and included joint performances with Le Tigre and M.I.A. Despite almost reaching the top of the charts, Bionic did not provide any significant hit singles.

Aguilera made her cinematic debut in the musical Burlesque the same year, sharing a role with Cher. Aguilera also contributed a number of songs to the soundtrack of the film, including the modest hit “Show Me How You Burlesque.” Although the movie was eagerly anticipated by many, critics ultimately denigrated it, and moviegoers mainly disregarded it.

Around this period, Aguilera seemed to be struggling both professionally and personally. She seems to have forgotten some of the National Anthem words at the Super Bowl in February 2011. The pop artist was detained for public intoxication not long after that. Both occurrences triggered a flood of reports about her alleged drunkenness.

‘Liberation’

‘Liberation,’ Aguilera’s sixth studio album, will be released on June 15, 2018. Ty Dolla $ign and 2 Chainz are featured on the album’s lead single, “Accelerate,” which is executive produced by Aguilera.

‘The Voice’ Judge

But by the spring of 2011, Aguilera had recovered thanks to a permanent berth on the upcoming television show The Voice. While competing against teams led by other musicians Cee Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine, Aguilera served as a judge and coach for singers. Despite occasional claims of tension between Aguilera and her staff, the pop star has shown herself to be a steadfast advocate for her mentees. Even Levine’s band, Maroon 5, used her vocals in the summer of 2011 for their massive smash song, “Moves Like Jagger.” Aguilera declared her intention to leave The Voice for a while after the Season 3 finale in 2012. The fourth episode of the show saw Shakira take her spot.

Aguilera released the album Lotus shortly after quitting The Voice. Warm reviews of the album were given. She performed significantly better when she was a featured vocalist on Pitbull’s song “Feel This Moment,” which they both sang live on The Voice’s Season 4 finale. Around this time, Aguilera revealed she would return for the fifth season of the program, and she later made another appearance as a judge for Season 8.

Aguilera received a Grammy Award in 2015 with A Great Big World for their ballad “Say Something,” demonstrating that her vocal prowess is still among the greatest in the industry. The seasoned pop diva also made a comeback to her early television beginnings during that year with a recurring part on the Nashville country music drama.

‘Paper’ Cover

Aguilera did an interview to Paper magazine and appeared on its cover without makeup before the sci-fi romance Zoe, in which she had a major part, made its Tribeca Film Festival debut. The singer-actress discussed her always changing style, ranging from “assless chaps and two toned-plaits” to “old Hollywood-inspired retro glam” to her most recent selections. It’s a liberating feeling to be able to take everything away and appreciate who you are and your raw beauty, she remarked, even in terms of music.

Husband and Kids

Aguilera and set helper Matthew Rutler developed a romantic relationship while they were filming Burlesque (2010).

The singer was previously married to record producer Jordan Bratman; they wed in 2005, split in 2010, and divorced in 2011. Max is a child of that union. On Valentine’s Day 2014, Aguilera and Rutler made their engagement public. Summer Rain, their daughter, was born on August 16 of that same year.

Philanthropy

Aguilera has demonstrated her compassionate side outside of her performing profession by participating in AIDS awareness campaigns and supporting the Women’s Center and Shelter of Greater Pittsburgh. She began serving as the World Food Program’s Ambassador Against Hunger at the beginning of 2010, a position that took her to Haiti where she assisted earthquake victims.

2016 saw the release of Aguilera’s song “Change,” which was dedicated to the Orlando nightclub shooting victims.

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