Christina Aguilera was born in December of 1980 in New York, and she expressed her talent for singing and songwriting from an incredibly young age.
In fact, when Christina was only nine years old, her mother chose to home-school her, as the envy from students and even other parents at her elementary school was causing problems during class.
Christina expressed her big voice and huge talent from a young age, with many talent show awards and first place titles from local competitions when she was just a little girl. Other children (and their parents) often got very envious of her voice, and insisted she had an unfair advantage. But, Christina didn’t stop singing, and rightfully so, as she continued to showcase her talent well into the future.
Presently, Christina has multiple Grammy’s under her belt for her many hit singles like “Genie In A Bottle” and “What A Girl Wants.” Her often sexually-driven songs have centered her as one of the top singers in the pop genre. One of the most successful female singers of our time, Christina has paid it forward by mentoring many young singers on shows like The Voice.
But, Christina’s success didn’t come easy. During her first few years at elementary school, she was often singled out due to jealous classmates. And their parents apparently didn’t help either, and once the treatment became so poor that it began disrupting Christina’s classes and causing her a great deal of emotional trouble, her mother decided to homeschool her.
Luckily, homeschool gave Christina a chance to practice her singing 24/7, without ridicule or envy. While being homeschooled, Christina quickly bounced back to her happy self and kept on expressing her seemingly flawless and natural ability to sing and wow audiences all over her home state of New York.
As Christina flourished in her early years, she quickly moved up in the ranks. After acing many local talent shows and competitions, Christina moved up to the big leagues. Thanks to help from her mother, who was an experienced vocalist and pianist, Christina was able to practice continuously.
After being moved away from her abusive father at the age of six, Christina’s love for music became deep and she soon found it was her way to escape and express herself.
At just 9 years old, Christina earned her spot on the competition show Star Search in 1990. It was her performance that made her truly take off into a career of singing. Considered a prodigy after her breath-taking performance, Christina – then just a little girl – earned even more national attention as she became a Mouseketeer on The All New Mickey Mouse Club. Little did she know that her cast mates at the time were also future stars and included Justin Timberlake, Ryan Gosling, Britney Spears, and Keri Russel.
Christina stayed on the show for two years before she moved to Japan with her mother. It was then that she recorded and released her single “All I Wanna Do” which quickly made her a success as she sung alongside Japanese pop star Keizo Nakanishi.
Christina’s success was just getting started, and in 1998 she recorded the song “Reflection” for the soundtrack of the Walt Disney movie, Mulan. The next year, Christina officially debuted at an all-female concert festival, and the following year she signed on with RCA records.
The same year she got her first record deal, in 1999, Christina released her first album. Today, her self-titled debut has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide, most of which can be contributed to the two big hits included on the record: “Genie in a Bottle” and “What a Girl Wants.” In 2000, Christina earned a Grammy Award for best new artist.
Alongside her previous co-stars, Christina quickly climbed the charts and became one of the most recognizable young pop icons. But, she soon embarked down a different path with the release of her second album, Stripped. Her second release took a much different path, and while it was ill conceived by some critics, many quickly jumped on board with the new style of the young female singer.
It wasn’t long, though, before Christina changed directions again, this time with a collection of songs inspired by the music of the 20s, 30s, and 40s. This led to another spike in listeners, and today, Christina’s fans have expressed their love for her variety and overall style. No matter how many times she changes directions, she has a fan base that will follow her wherever she chooses to go.