Christina Mara Aguilera is an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. She first became known to the public as a child upon appearing on television series, including The Mickey Mouse Club. Aguileras first charting song was Walt Disney Pictures 1998 film Mulan s theme song Reflection, which appeared on the US Adult Contemporary and subsequently helped Aguilera gain a contract with RCA Records. She rose to fame with her 1999 teen pop selftitled debut album, which peaked atop the US Billboard 200 and produced three US Billboard Hot 100 numberone singles Genie in a Bottle, What a Girl Wants, and Come On Over Baby . Her followup Spanish album Mi Reflejo and holidaytheme album My Kind of Christmas were released in 2000 and entered the top thirty of the Billboard 200.
Christina Mara Aguilera was born in Staten Island, New York, on December 18, 1980, to Shelly Loraine , a musician, and Fausto Xavier Aguilera, a United States Army soldier. Her father is Ecuadorian, while her mother has German, Irish, Welsh, and Dutch ancestry. Her family moved frequently because of her fathers military service, and lived in places including New Jersey, Texas, New York, and Japan. Aguilera and her mother alleged that her father was physically and emotionally abusive, claims which he denied Aguilera used music as a form of escape from her turbulent household. Following her parents divorce when she was six years old, Aguilera, her younger sister Rachel, and her mother moved into her grandmothers home in the Pittsburgh suburb of Rochester, Pennsylvania. After several years of being estranged, Aguilera expressed interest in reconciling with her father in 2012.