The daughter of an Ecuador-born US Army sergeant and a Spanish teacher, Christina Aguilera (December 18, 1980) had a troubled childhood and used music as a form of escape. She dreamed of being a singer, entering various talent contests before coming to the attention of the American public as a ten-year-old in 1990 on the Star Search TV show. In 1993, she landed a slot on the Disney Channel series The New Mickey Mouse Club and went on to sing a track called “Reflection” in the 1998 movie Mulan, the following year releasing her self-titled debut album. The album turned her into a sensation, producing three US Number 1 singles: “Genie in a Bottle,” “What a Girl Wants,” and “Come on Over Baby (All I Want Is You).” Her raunchy image, a mixture of Hollywood glamour and flamboyance, caused notoriety while her driving techno-pop made her a dance floor icon, with hits like “Dirrty,” “Beautiful,” and “Lady Marmalade.” In 2004, she released her version of the Rose Royce hit “Car Wash” with Missy Elliott, which was featured in the animated film Shark Tale. Her fifth record, Back to Basics, was released in 2006 featuring a new style for Aguilera of jazz and blues, influenced by the music of the 1920s and 30s. The single “Candyman,” written in the style of The Andrews Sisters' “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” didn't rate too highly in the charts but was well received by critics and was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards. Following a short break after the birth of her first child, Aguilera returned to the studio to record her sixth album Bionic (2010). She followed this up with Burlesque (2010), Lotus (2012), and a stint as a coach on The Voice before taking another break to have her second child. She came back with her eighth album Liberation, which she released in 2018 and she embarked on her first concert tour in more than a decade. In 2021, she paid tribute to her Latin heritage by collaborating with singers Becky G, Nicki Nicole, and Nathy Peluso on the female empowerment anthem “Pa Mis Muchachas,” which peaked at Number 37 on Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart.