Originally from Staten Island, New York, Christina started out with singing at talent shows in elementary school. Her mother, Shelly Loraine Fidler, is an experienced violinist and pianist. There’s no doubt that her love for music and natural talent was from the influence and flair of her mother.
After moving to Rochester, Pennsylvania, Aguilera attended Rochester Area Elementary School and competed in numerous talent shows. Her huge voice astounded judges and audiences, especially coming from such a young person. Fellow competitors and even parents envied Christina’s talent. The situation got so bad that her mother had to pull her out of school and home-school her.
In 1989, 12-year-old Christina had the pleasure to be on “The All New Mickey Mouse Club.” The cast included, now stars, Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling, and Keri Russell. Being on the show motivated her even more to be a singer in hopes of one day recording her own album. She was on the show for only 2 seasons when her and her mother moved to Japan. Japan is actually where she recorded her famous single “All I Wanna Do” with Japanese pop star Keizo Nakanishi.
After doing so well on “The All New Mickey Mouse Club,” Disney noticed her talent and gave her a chance to be featured on the soundtrack for an upcoming major movie. “Reflection,” for the Disney movie Mulan, showcased her vocal ability and gave her the opportunity to be seen as a teenage girl rather than just a “Mouseketeer.” The song went on to be nominated for “Best Original Song” at the Golden Globes.
After performing at the Lilith Fair concert festival, Christina finally got signed to RCA Records in 1999. Her singing career hasn’t been the same since!
Her debut album, self-titled, was released in 1999. The album included hit singles like “Genie in a Bottle,” “What a Girl Wants,” and “Come on Over Baby.” I don’t know about you, but I know every single song on this album. This album definitely reflected who she is as a person and as a singer. Christina Aguilera sold more than 8 million copies and even won her a Grammy for “Best New Artist” in the year 2000.
Christina continues to influence the pop music of today with her legendary debut in the industry. Aguilera has, since then, judged on the singing show “The Voice” and released 6 more albums. She also went back to acting in 2010 when she starred in the movie Burlesque, which told a story about a girl from Iowa whose biggest dream was to sing. Today, Christina is happily engaged and has two beautiful children.
Written by Airis Kemp (Instagram: @loveairisstyle)