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christina aguilera

Christina Aguilera's story is a Hollywood dream come true. The daughter of a father in the military and a violinist/pianist mother who toured Europe with the Youth Symphony Orchestra, this18-year-old has traveled the world, living for a time in Japan, Florida, Texas and New Jersey, before settling in Wexford, PA, a suburb of Pittsburgh. "I wanted to perform as long as I could remember" says the blonde, blue eyed high school senior. Christina first began performing in school talent shows. As an eight-year-old she appeared on the nationally syndicated "Star Search", at age ten she sang the National Anthem for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Penguins, and then, at age 12 landed a spot on the "New Mickey Mouse Club" appearing on the Orlando-based show along with several other future stars, including Britney Spears, J.C. and Justin of 'N Sync and the star of "Felicity", Keri Russell. After two years on the weekly Disney show, Christina traveled overseas to further hone her musical skills. She recorded a duet, "All I Wanna Do," with Japanese pop star Keizo Nakanishi, appeared in the video and toured in Japan. Later that year, the young show biz veteran almost caused a riot at the Golden Stag Festival in Transylvania, Romania when she waded into the crowd of 10,000 while performing her two song set on a bill which included Sheryl Crow and Diana Ross. On her return to the States in early 1998, Christina was invited to audition to record, "Reflection," for the Disney animated film "Mulan." The studio's search for a powerful voice with a wide vocal range quickly ended. They needed someone "who could hit a high "E" above middle "C," according to Christina. At her manager's request, Christina cut a one take demo on her boombox in her living room singing to a karaoke tape of Whitney Houston's "I Wanna Run To You". The demo was FedExed to Disney -- they loved it -- and within 48 hours, the young girl with the unique mature voice was in a Los Angeles studio recording "Reflection". That very 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."

"The song's theme -- the struggle to establish your identity -- was something I could really relate to as a teenage girl myself," says Christina. The song also related well to critics, garnering a Golden Globe Nomination for best original song in a motion picture. On her debut album for RCA, Christina continues to define herself and showcase her special voice. From the sparkling upbeat dance-pop of the first single, "Genie In A Bottle," to the guitar driven, heartfelt fun of "What A Girl Wants", to the soulful gospel strains of "So Emotional" and the truly awe-inspiring ballad, "I Turn To You", Christina's powerful affecting voice intertwines the themes of finding your own identity with the uncertainties of growing up. "I was thrilled to work with so many great producers on this album" gushes Christina. Recent hitmakers Carl Sturken & Evan Rogers ['N Sync, Boyzone, Brand New Heavies] contribute a pair of tracks -- the pop-soul "Love For All Seasons" and the rousing dance-floor smash "Love Will Find A Way."

"Genie In A Bottle" was produced by ex-System member David Frank and Steve Kipner. The uncomplicated, heartfelt "Blessed" was penned and produced by Travon Potts [co-writer of Monica's chart topping "Angel of Mine]. Christina is specially proud of her ballads, including the Matthew Wilder ["No Doubt"] produced "Reflection" and the spine-tingling Diane Warren ballad "I Turn To You", produced by Guy Roche [Brandy, Dru Hill, Aaliya, K-Ci & Jo Jo]. Her soaring uptempos and thrilling ballads serve as ample proof that Christina is not just a new kid on the block, but a prime candidate for the Voice of her generation. This debut album marks another huge step for Christina down the road of commercial and critical success. With numerous television appearances to her credit it is not surprising that Christina has recently been approached by a number of directors for roles in films going into production this summer. But, this blond beauty with dazzling blue eyes is going to wait a bit before pursuing more time in front of the camera.

Christina first appeared on Star Search as a junior vocalist at the age of 8, and then went on to appear on several different television and radio shows as well as sing the national anthem at Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins, and Pirates games at the age of 10. She appeared as a mouseketeer on the MMC during seasons 6 and 7. She then went on to perform the pop version of "Reflection." from the movie Mulan. She has made a name for herself overseas by singing a duet with popular Japanese singer Keizo Nakanishi in 1997. entitled "All I Wanna Do." With the release of the widely acclaimed "Christina Aguilera" she has staked a lating claim in the music business.

Christina Maria Aguilera is perhaps the most talented of the recent Disney mouse ear wearing bunch to hit the music scene. Her debut album Christina Aguilera rocketed to the #1 position in its initial week, outshining hip-hop icon Puff Daddy, selling over 250,000 copies. In listening to her talented range, it sometimes is difficult to believe this diva was only born on December 18th, 1980.

Christina began performing even as a child. Born in Staten Island, New Jersey and raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania, Christina was singing the national anthem at a variety of events in her hometown area. And at the age of 9, Christina appeared on Star Search, only to leave empty handed (what little did they know!). A few years later, Aguilera landed a role on the Mickey Mouse Club. From there, Christina went on to sing Reflection for the Disney movie Mulan, which got her a nomination for a Golden Globe award in 1998. Then, Aguilera began recording her debut album with RCA. The subsequent release of the single Genie in a Bottle caused an explosion of interest in the singer, with the single selling 500,000 copies and hitting #1 in the charts. Absent through Christina's rise to the top was her father Fausto, whom until January of 2000 she hadn't seen for 12 years. Aguilera has made claims that she is a victim of domestic violence according to recent National Enquirer reports, a charge which her grandfather angrily denies. Christina's friend Ashley Hickcox though claims the story is indeed true.

As far as her dating life, like Britney, little hard evidence is known. She has admitted to having a crush on MTV's Carson Daly, as has Britney Spears, so apparently the cold as ice relationship between the two ex-Mouseketeers has competitveness both musically and in the sex department. It is unknown whether Carson has seen either of the divas nude to this point though, but based on the little hand holding sweet talking happening when Carson introduced her on MTV's New Year's show after she sang, it seems quite obvious something was up.. And given the reported strip show the two attended at an Atlanta club the night before the Super Bowl, many have speculated they are indeed an item, though recent reports have Carson currently seeing MTV House of Style supermodel Tara Reid. Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst seems to be moving in on Carson's territory though, as earlier this year Rick Dees reported he visited her on the set of her second video several times. The most recent dating rumor for Christina has been Enrique Iglesias, whom the New York Post claims the two were dancing nasty together late at night in a New York bar. Christina says of her relationship with the Latin hunk "I do have fun on the side. Enrique and I have actually maintained friendship since the Super Bowl" she added "He's just...he's a wonderful person, really down-to-earth and for as gorgeous as he is, you wouldn't expect him to be. It's really cool talking to someone like that." The most recent dating fact has been she's been dating one of her dancers, Jorge Santos, whom she's also been living with. A friend confided "Jorge is a good, down to earth guy and Christina feels like she can be herself with him instead of trying to live up to something she's not."

Christina is already preparing for a second album and also has her eyes set on acting, claiming in a recent AOL interview that she's already been approached with movie offers, but for now is concentrating on her music career. Besides the second 'regular' album, she'll be recording a Christmas album to be released later this year in addition to a Spanish version of her current album. One aspect of music that Christina isn't appreciating is rapper Eminem and his depiction of Christina as a blowjob giving hoe. Christina and the song's targets of her sexual trists, Carson Daly and Fred Durst, all deny any involvement with each other. Eminem claims it was an 'eye for an eye' for comments Aguilera made on MTV's What a Girl Wants, claiming "She went on MTV talking about my personal business. She heard a rumour that I was married, and then she started trashing my video talking about, 'Doesn't he have a song about killing his daughter's mother? You know, I'm so against domestic violence and I always tell my friends if you're in an abusive relationship."

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Christina Aguilera Profile
Name: Christina Aguilera
Residence: Wexford, PA
Birthplace: Staten Island, NY
Date of Birth: December, 18, 1980
Hair: Blonde
Eyes: Blue
In Feb 2000, won Grammy for Best New Artist
In 1998 she recorded the song Reflection for the movie Mulan
Mickey Mouse Club cast member at age 12
Favorite Sport Baseball
Favorite pets are CATS
Favorite color is Pink
Favorite Food: Meat and potatoes

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