Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera is renowned for her powerful voice and such hit songs as ‘Genie in a Bottle’ and ‘What a Girl Wants’
Singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York. Aguilera began her career as a cast member on The All New Mickey Mouse Club. She rapidly rose to stardom following the release of her hit single, “Genie in a Bottle,” which earned her a Grammy Award for best new artist. Her other hit singles include “What a Girl Wants,” “Come on Over Baby,” “Lady Marmalade” and the sexually charged “Dirrty.” In recent years, Aguilera has served as a coach and mentor on the singing-competition show The Voice.
At an early age, Aguilera developed a deep love of music—a gift she no doubt inherited from her musical mother, an experienced violinist and pianist. By the time she was in elementary school, Aguilera’s big voice had swept through a number of local talent shows, causing harsh envy from her schoolmates and even some parents. It became so bad that Aguilera’s mother eventually made the decision to home-school her daughter.
In 1993, Aguilera earned more national attention when she landed a spot as a “Mouseketeer” on The All New Mickey Mouse Club. Her fellow castmates were a collection of future stars, including Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell. The ambitious singer lasted just two years on the program before she moved with her mother to Japan, where she recorded the hit single “All I Wanna Do” with Japanese pop icon Keizo Nakanishi. More success soon followed.
In 1998, Aguilera was tapped to sing “Reflection” on the soundtrack for the Walt Disney film Mulan. The singer made her debut at the all-female concert festival Lilith Fair the following year, and signed with RCA Records. Also in 1999, she released her debut album, Christina Aguilera, which went on to sell more than 8 million copies thanks in part to the chart-topping hits “Genie in a Bottle” and “What a Girl Wants.” The album earned Aguilera the 2000 Grammy Award for best new artist.
With fellow Mouseketeers Spears and Timberlake also lighting up the charts with their respective music, Aguilera became one of the leading faces of a group of teen pop stars. But she wasn’t comfortable maintaining the squeaky clean image this sort of role foisted upon her. After teaming up with Pink, Mya and Lil’ Kim on the popular single “Lady Marmalade,” Aguilera released her second album, Stripped, in October 2002. As its title suggests, the pop superstar had embarked down a new path. Highly sexualized and more commanding than its predecessors, the album featured a number of hit singles, including “Dirrty,” “Beautiful” and “Make Over.”
Around the time she left The Voice, Aguilera released the album Lotus. The record received a lukewarm reception. She fared much better as a featured vocalist on rapper Pitbull’s single, “Feel This Moment,” which the duo performed together on the Season 4 finale of The Voice. Around this time, Aguilera announced that she would be back for the show’s fifth season, and she later returned to the judge’s chair for Season 8.
Proving her vocal abilities remained among the best in the business, Aguilera in 2015 won a Grammy Award with A Great Big World for their ballad “Say Something.” That year, the veteran pop star also returned to her early television roots with a recurring role on the country music drama Nashville.