Christina Maria Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York, to Shelly Loraine (Fidler) and Fausto Wagner Xavier Aguilera. Her father is Ecuadorian and her mother, who is American-born, has English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. Her parents divorced when she was young and she lived with her mother, although they moved around quite a bit. Christina’s goal almost since birth was to be a singer, and at age 12 she was invited to audition for The All New Mickey Mouse Club (1989). She wound up getting the part and stayed there for a few years, until the show ended. In 1999 she had her breakthrough hit, “Genie in a Bottle”. Since then she’s made millions of fans, sold millions of records and has won many awards, including a Grammy for best new female artist. She has even made a Latin album and released a Christmas album. Aguilera is a bilingual singer. She has received many honors including Grammy Nominations and a win for Best New Artist. 2 MTV Video Music Awards, a Radio Music Awards, 2 VH1 Awards, and a Teen Choice Award with Lil’ Kim, Mya and Pink and the smash hit “Lady Maramalade”. She was on The All New Mickey Mouse Club (1989) with *NSYNC’s Justin Timberlake and J.C. Chasez, Britney Spears, Ryan Gosling and Keri Russell. Her musical influences include Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Janet Jackson.