In the two years from the day that she burst onto the world musical landscape, Christina Aguilera has scored four #1 smash hit singles, watched sales of her chart-topping RCA debut album surpass the 12 million mark worldwide (23 million CDs and singles total sold to date), headlined the
Super Bowl Half-Time Show, performed for the President, and to top it all off, took home two Grammys including one for Best New Artist, headlined a mammoth 2000 international tour, released a Spanish language album, and a holiday album of seasonal favorites. Christina Aguilera continues to provide evidence that she is the premier musical voice of her generation.
Christina first began performing at age six in school talent shows and became known as the 'little girl with a big voice.' At age eight, she appeared on the nationally syndicated 'Star Search,' using her runner-up winnings to buy a portable sound system so she could sing in the park. By the time she was 10, Christina was singing the National Anthem for the
Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins. And then, at twelve, she joined the ensemble cast of 'The New Mickey Mouse Club,' appearing on the Orlando- based show along with future stars Britney Spears, J.C. and Justin of 'N
Sync, and Keri Russell of 'Felicity.' After two years, the show ended and
Christina got the opportunity to travel overseas to further hone her musical skills. In 1997, Christina performed in places as far flung as
Tokyo, Japan (where she released a single with Keizo Nakanishi called 'All
I Wanna Do') and Brasov, Romania, but always with her eye on the same goal.
'I always wanted to have my own album recorded and released before I graduated high school,' says Christina. She certainly took quick strides toward that goal.
In early 1998, after finishing some demos and shopping for a record deal,
Christina auditioned to sing 'Reflection' for Disney's animated film
'Mulan.' The filmmakers needed someone 'who could hit a high E above middle
C,' according to Christina, who then cut a one-take demo in her living room singing to a karaoke tape of Whitney Houston's 'I Wanna Run To You.' The demo was rushed to Disney, and within a day, Christina was in a Los Angeles studio recording 'Reflection.' That same week, RCA Records signed her to a record contract. 'Mulan' premiered in June 1998, and 'Reflection' turned into a Top 15 A/C single, with Christina performing it live on 'CBS This
Morning' and the 'Donnie & Marie Show.' 'Working on the 'Mulan' project was so unbelievable,' Christina said in June 1998. 'I seriously thought I wouldn't get the job because the song was so difficult. It's so cool to hear your voice in a theater.' The single went on to garner a Golden Globe
Nomination for Best Original Song in a Motion Picture and Christina the attention of some of the best writers and producers in the industry.
On her self-titled debut album for RCA, those writers and producers helped
Christina showcase her special talents. 'I was thrilled to work with so many great writers and producers on my album," says Christina. 'What A Girl
Wants' was produced by Guy Roche (Brandy, Cher, Dru Hill, Aaliyah, K-Ci &
Jo Jo), 'Genie In A Bottle' was produced by ex-System member David Frank and Steve Kipner, and 'Blessed' was penned and produced by Travon Potts (co- writer of Monica's chart topping 'Angel of Mine'). Meanwhile, Carl Sturken and Evan Rogers ('N Sync, Boyzone, Brand New Heavies) contributed a pair of tracks, the soul-flavored 'Love For All Seasons' and the rousing 'Love Will
Find A Way.' Christina is particularly proud of the album's ballads, such as the Matthew Wilder-produced 'Reflection,' and 'Obvious' written by newcomer Heather Holly, and of course, master tunesmith Diane Warren's smash 'I Turn To You.'
Christina Aguilera's breakthrough year in '99 began with her first #1 single 'Genie In A Bottle,' which stayed atop the charts for five consecutive weeks and rocketed the album to #1 upon its release in August
1999. The follow-up single 'What A Girl Wants' reached the coveted first
Billboard Hot 100 #1 slot of 2000 (the first #1 hit of the new millenium) and helped to push the album into platinum territory many times over ('Come
On Over Baby' became the third #1 from the album later in 2000).
Among other honors, along with stars like Jodie Foster and Aretha Franklin,
Christina was named one of the most fascinating women of 1999 on the
'Ladies Home Journal' CBS-TV special earlier this year. Christina also won
1999's Best New Artist at this year's ALMA Awards, the annual event honoring the best in entertainment from the Hispanic-American community.
She graced the covers of many national magazines, including Entertainment
Weekly, Teen People and Latina and performed as a musical guest on
'Saturday Night Live,' 'The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,' 'The Rosie