Christina Aguilera: Biography and music career

Published At: 09 March 2020 , 06:15 PM

Christina Aguilera Biography

American singer-songwriter Christina Aguilera is widely known for her single "Genie in a Bottle" and the controversial album "Stripped."

early years

Cristina Maria Aguilera was born December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York, in the family of Fausto Xavier Aguilera and Shelley Lorraine Fidler. The beginning of the girl's life was not easy. Her father, an immigrant from Ecuador, who served as a sergeant in the United States Army, was a tyrant in the family. Only when the girl was already six years old, her mother finally managed to break the marriage and move with her two daughters (Christina and her younger sister, Rachel) to Rochester, Pennsylvania, where the family begins a new life.

From an early age, Christina awakens a passion for music, a talent for which she undoubtedly inherited from her musical mother - a professional violinist and pianist. By the time the girl enters primary school, her strong voice manages to be heard at local talent shows, causing the black envy of classmates and even parents. And it so annoys Kristina that her mother, in the end, decides on her daughter's home education.

But the girl continues to speak, and in 1990 she won a prize in the television program of national significance "Looking for Stars." The nine-year-old miracle amazes the audience with a bewitching performance of Etta James's song "Sunday Love," for which he receives the second prize in the competition.

Commercial success and music career

In 1993, Aguilera again attracted attention, taking part in the television program "The New Mickey Mouse Club." Her partners in the show are future stars Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling, and Carey Russell. Participation in the filming of Aguilera lasted only two years, after which the singer, full of ambition, travels with her mother to Japan, where she writes the single "All I Wanna Do" together with the Japanese pop icon Keizo Nakanishi. New achievements followed this. In 1998, Aguilera recorded the soundtrack for Walt Disney's Mulan movie. The following year, the star makes her debut at the Lilith Fair female vocals festival, after which she signs a contract with RCA Records. In 1999, Christina released her debut album, titled "Christina Aguilera," which sold over 8 million copies, The fame brought to him by two undisputed hits on the Billboard list: Genie in a Bottle and the undisputed leader of What a Girl Wants. The album brought Grammy to Aguilera as the best performer.

Along with his former partners in the New Mickey Mouse Club, Spears and Timberlake, now also occupying the top lines of the charts, Aguilera is becoming one of the key figures among teenage pop stars of her time. But the image of a nice little girl imposed by such a role was too cramped for Christina. After collaborating with Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim on the recording of Lady Marmalade, Aguilera released her second album, Stripped, in October 2002.

As the name implied, the superstar entered a completely different stage of her work. The performed album included singles that took off to the first lines of the charts: "Dirrty," "Beautiful," and "Make Over."The new Aguilera music, as well as the new piercings and tattoos, stunned some critics, but also attracted new fans. The circulation of the album "Stripped" slightly exceeded 4 million copies, but Christina, to be given her credit, was not at all ashamed of either her music or her appearance. "I knew that this was adult music, and not everyone was ready for it," Aguilera commented on her album in an interview with The New York Times.

In 2006, Aguilera again changed her style by releasing a new studio album on two discs, "Return to the Basics," in which one can feel the strong influence of the music of the 20-40s. As in the case of the previous album, Christina again changes her image. Now her style matches the classic look of Gene Harlow.

New projects

In 2010, Christina Aguilera returned to the recording studio with the album "Bi-on-iC." The sound is becoming more electronic, which is the result of a collaboration with Le Tigre and MIA. But, even though "Bi-on-iC" crawled to the very top of the charts, not one of his singles became a hit.

In the same year, Aguilera made her film debut in the musical Burlesque, appearing on the same stage with Cher. Kristina writes several soundtracks for the film, including "Show Me How You Burlesque," which has not received wide recognition. Although the film was expected by many, it never gathered full halls, and critics smashed it to smithereens.

During this period, Aguilera is remarkably depressed, both in personal and professional life. At the Super Cup in February 2011, she forgets the text of the National Anthem. Soon after, the pop star is detained for obscene behavior in public while intoxicated. Both of these cases generated a wave of rumors about her possible alcoholism.

 But by the spring of 2011, Aguilera was back on her feet, being busy in the new long-term television competition "Voice," which started on April 26 on NBC. In this project, Christina acts as a judge and coach of young performers competing with teams under the leadership of such musical talents as Sea Lo Green, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levin. And, although there were rumors of behind-the-scenes dramas between Christina and her team, the pop star turns out to be real support for her ward. In the finale of the Voice-3 show in 2012, Aguilera states that she is leaving the project for some time. In the fourth season, Shakira takes her place.

Aguilera, at this time, releases a new album "Lotus," very indifferently met by the public. The single, released in 2013 with the rapper Pitbull, is far more successful. The duo record the song "Feel This Moment," which they present in the finale of the fourth season of the television show. Soon after, Aguilera announces her return to season 5 of the project.

Personal life

During the filming of Burlesque (2010), Aguilera has an affair with assistant director Matthew Rattler. By that time, the singer already has a son, Max, from her first marriage with record director Jordan Bratman: the couple got married in 2005, divorced in 2010, and officially filed for divorce in 2011. On August 16, 2014, Aguilera and Rattler were born daughter Summer Rhine.

Outside of his stage career, Aguilera is a compassionate person who takes part in AIDS advocacy campaigns and is a member of Greater Pittsburgh's Women's Center and Shelter. In early 2010, she takes on the role of ambassador for the mission to fight hunger in the framework of the World Food Program, which leads her to Haiti, where Christina assists the victims of the earthquake.