Xtina, The One With "The Voice"
Christina María Aguilera (born December 18, 1980) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress who is famous for her wide-ranging vocal range.
Christina Aguilera was born in Staten Island, New York and raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania.
Christina is part Ecuadorian and part German, English, Irish, Scottish and French.
Christina Aguilera sang from the earliest ages, always wanting to grow up to be a singer.
She began appearing on televised talent contests before she was 10, singing "A Sunday Kind of Love" on "Star Search when she was 9 (though she lost).
Christina's big break was being chosen in 1991 for "The Mickey Mouse Club." Shee performed with future stars Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell for two years.
Christina hustled to get ahead and, after sending in a demo to Disney, was chosen to sing "Reflection" for the popular Disney Studios animated feature film "Mulan."
It wasn't long before Christina was signed to a record deal with RCA Records. It was a huge opportunity, and Christina made the most of it.
Her self-titled debut album was a huge smash hit, carried along by the iconic song "Genie in a Bottle."
She was awarded the Grammy that year for Best New Artist over Britney Spears.
After her solo recording breakthrough in 1999, wild stadium tours followed, always pushing the boundaries of good taste, but never quite crossing them. Christina's album "Stripped" in 2002 showcased her raunchier side, changing her image to that of a full-fledged woman as all female child stars have to do at some point if they wish to remain relevant and popular. She dyed her hair black and began calling herself "Xtina" to show a clear break with her child-star past.
Christina adopted the persona "Xtina," adopting edgy styles with a decided emphasis on leather. The music video for "Not Myself Tonight," in which Xtina really pushes the leather boundaries, is at the end.
Christina Aguilera's career has progressed steadily since her humble beginnings back in Pennsylvania. Almost imperceptibly, she has adapted to the changing media fashions of the day which suit her unique vocal talents. Starting out with the talent competitions of the 1980s, moving on to the Disney-channel style of shows of the early 1990s, then moving up to full-fledged pop star couldn't have been easy.
Christina's turn to the wild side has had mixed results. The change began well enough, with the single "Lady Marmalade" going to No. 1.
Her later album "Bionic," with the sexually provocative accompanying video for the single "Not Myself Tonight," though, was disliked by many fans. Sales were down.
A summer tour to promote "Bionic" was cancelled, and it was time to re-tool the image again.
Christina performed the National Anthem at Super Bowl XLV, but that backfired when she got the words wrong.
Her single "Moves Like Jagger" with Maroon 5, though, subsequently went to No. 1, selling an extraordinary 8 million copies, and showed that Christina was back.
Never one to let an opportunity pass, Christina saw that reality shows were the new wave, so she hopped aboard. She has been a fixture as a judge and coach on the popular talent competition show "The Voice" and continues to sing and release new material.
Christina Aguilera continues to act on both television and on films. She has appeared on both "Nashville" as Jade St. John and on "Entourage" as a fictionalized version of herself.
Christina Aguilera also appears in films "Zoe" (2018) as Jewels and in "Broadway 4D" (2018) as Evita Peron.
It's human nature to have a sexual side.
Hold your head high and sway your hips when you walk!
My inspiration, I've had many, again, starting with Julie Andrews at a young age. But growing up, I sang Whitney Houston songs in talent shows. But when I discovered Mariah Carey and "Vision of Love", that was a breath of fresh air and I adored her from that moment on and idolized her. It's really amazing that in articles I've been compared to her. It's truly unbelievable because, whenever I was younger, I would ask my mom, "Do you think I'll ever be as big and sing as well as Mariah Carey?" And now that it has happened, my mom says, "I knew it would happen."
I'd rather do what I love and get tomatoes thrown at me than get up there and be fake and get applause. I've got to be me.
I felt caged by my childhood. And unsafe: Bad things happened in my home; there was violence. The Sound of Music (1965) looked like a form of release. I would open my bedroom window to sing out like Maria. In my own way, I'd be in those hills. Sometimes, I still feel like going to the window and singing out all my troubles.
People spend money on beauty potions, but a good night's rest makes all the difference.
When I sing, I believe it is the only time I can be myself and express all of me and who I am. I find a home in music, and I hope my music and my voice allows others to find a home as well. That's why this is so important to me and so special.
I have grown up now and have no need to dress like that anymore. I want my music to speak for me rather than the dress or lack of dresses I wore.
It's funny how society places such strict standards upon young blonde females. We're supposed to play the clean-cut view the public wants of us. But I am not your little cookie-cutter virgin.
There is no truth to the rumors that we hate each other. I have no ill feeling for [Britney Spears] and vice versa. I am proud of all the achievements she has made in her career, she is a very hard-working person. I have nothing but love for her.
I like to be edgy, I like to be different. I'm a little bit of rebel.
My parents divorce and hard times at school, all those things combined to mold me, to make me grow up quicker. And it gave me the drive to pursue my dreams that I wouldn't necessarily have had otherwise.
Be a strong female - don't be afraid of the flack that goes along with that.