Christina María Aguilera is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. Born in Staten Island, New York and raised in Wexford, Pennsylvania, she made appearances on the television series Star Search and The Mickey Mouse Club in her childhood. Aguilera came to prominence with her debut studio album, Christina Aguilera; its singles "Genie in a Bottle", "What a Girl Wants" and "Come On Over Baby" each peaked atop the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. Her follow-up records, Mi Reflejo and My Kind of Christmas, experienced moderate success worldwide. Displeased with her lack of input in her image and music, Aguilera assumed creative control for her fourth album, Stripped, which yielded the international chart-toppers "Dirrty" and "Beautiful".
Aguilera's fifth record, Back to Basics, incorporated elements of 1930s and 1940s blues, soul, and jazz music; its singles "Ain't No Other Man", "Hurt" and "Candyman" charted within the top-ten in several countries worldwide. However, her electronica-inspired sixth album, Bionic, made little commercial impact. Later that year, Aguilera starred alongside Cher in the film Burlesque, and served as the executive producer of its successful soundtrack. Her seventh record, Lotus, was influenced by electropop and dance-pop elements, and became the weakest-selling album of her career. Since 2011, Aguilera has served as an original coach on the American version of The Voice, having appeared in four of its five seasons.