It’s no secret that I’m a die-hard Britney Spears fan, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have room in my heart to love Christina Aguilera. And with her recent publicity for her Tonight Show impressions and return to The Voice, I thought I’d do a post as an ode to Christina.
She and Britney entered the pop music scene around the same time, and we all know their “friendship” goes way back to the Mickey Mouse Club days.
You can’t deny that Christina has one of the best voices EVER. In my mind, she is the first true pop DIVA to emerge during the millennium. Since she hit the radio waves in 1999 with Genie in a Bottle, Christina proved to us all that she has the pipes to compete with the best of ‘em – Whitney, Celine, and Mariah.
In 2000, Christina won the Grammy for Best New Artist, beating out Britney, Kid Rock, and other not-so-noteable artists including Macy Gray and Susan Tedeschi (?).
Christina’s 2002 album Stripped, may very well be my favorite album of all-time. God bless my father who’d sit and listen to this CD in the car with me every day when he’d pick me up from school.
With 20 tracks, some songs on this album include some of her biggest hits –Beautiful, Dirrty, Fighter, The Voice Within, and my ultimate fave, Can’t Hold Us Down. These of course are just the songs she released, but every song on this album is pure gold, in my opinion.
In fact, I may have tried a little too hard to prove this point when I was in the 8th grade. My teacher made us do a biographical project based on an “influential person, past or present” (or something along those lines). While others in the class chose to profile Jackie Robinson, Hellen Keller, Bill Gates and Oprah, I somehow convinced her to let me do my project about Christina Aguilera….
Now hear me out… there was an inspirational message I delivered when presenting my project. Not only is Christina one of the most incredible vocalists you’ll ever hear, but she turned to singing as an outlet. She and her mother were victims of domestic violence and she grew up living in fear. Singing was how Christina coped with the pain and how she ultimately found hope to escape. Her single “I’m OK” is a heartbreaking song that reflects on what she and her mother went through.
During my presentation, I drove the point that you no matter what struggles you may be dealing with, you can always find solace and hope in doing what you love and following your dreams (or something kinda poetic like that, you get it!).
Switching gears here, I also chose to do a post about Christina to share this Ed Sheeran cover of “Dirrty” that was released this week. It’s a must-listen!
I’ve been fortunate enough to see Christina Aguilera in concert once, although it should have been twice! My dad managed to score EIGTH ROW SEATS to see her in 2004, but she unexpectedly canceled due to vocal chord problems. I still have yet to get concert seats as great as those. Damn you, Christina! I still love you.
Oh and remember when she went on tour with Justin Timberlake? How did I miss that also?!
Now in 2015, Christina is a twice-married mother of two and is continuing her role on The Voice, coaching aspiring singers. It’s safe to say that you’re in good hands if you have Christina giving you vocal lessons.
Thank you, Christina, for blessing our ears for all these years! Your voice is a gift.
In case you need to be reminded…