Thursday, August 25, 2011
One In A Million: Aaliyah D Haughton
Aaliyah Haughton was born in 1979 in Brooklyn, New York and was raised in Detroit. Aaliyah, which means “Highest Most Exalted,” was the daughter of Michael and Diane Haughton and was very close to her older brother Rashad Haughton was very close with his sister. He remained a protective figure throughout Aaliyah's life.
At the age of ten, she had her first chance at stardom. Performing in Star Search, Aaliyah sang the song 'My Funny Valentine' which she often heard her mother sing. While she failed to win the competition, she began to work with an agent and attended auditions for TV Shows She continued to expand her musical aspirations through her aunt, Gladys Knight. Working with Knight, Aaliyah was able to perform on stage in Las Vegas and accredited this with helping her develop her talents as a performer.
Aaliyah's second album, One in a Million, was released in 1996 and was a big success. Produced by Missy Elliott and Timbaland before they were established names, the album was well reviewed and went double platinum. It had several smash hit singles including 'If Your Girl Only Knew,' 'One in a Million' and '4-Page Letter' all of which were #1 R&B hits. In addition,the single 'The One I Gave My Heart To' was a top 10 R&B hit and 'Got To Give It Up' reached #6 on the Hot 100. The album sold 2.6 million copies in the United States and 8 million worldwide. It also helped Tommy Hilfiger take notice of Aaliyah, giving her an endorsement deal.
Her movie career began in 2000 when she co-starred in the movie Romeo Must Die. Aaliyah contributed four songs to the sound track, including the hit 'Try Again.' The song made history, becoming the first song ever to make it to #1 on the Hot 100 based purely on radio airplay. Aaliyah also starred in the film Queen of the Damned in the year 2001.
The self-titled album Aaliyah, was released in July of 2001 to raving reviews. The album sales were moderate but consistent, reaching gold status within four weeks and eventually achieving double platinum status. However, upon finishing footage for 'Rock The Boat' a song from the album that was receiving a great amount of airplay, Aaliyah died in a plane accident
Aaliyah is truly missed.