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Aaliyah

Aaliyah

Aaliyah lived a very successful life. She had and obtained everything she wanted. She never overloaded the public with her presence. Every time you heard about her it was always something good. Aaliyah kept her life very private and was not wild or cocky. She was very down to earth and enjoyed being at home more than anything. Aaliyah’s life along with eight others came to a tragic end in a plane crash that took place on August 25, 2001. She left behind many and is dearly missed.

Aaliyah Dana Haughton born to Michael and Diane Haughton on January 16, 1979. Aaliyah was destined for greatness from birth. Her name means “The highest most exalted one, the best.” Her parents named her this because they were looking for meaningful names for their children and thought this name to be fitting for their baby girl. Aaliyah went on the show Star Search and came in second place and at age eleven she landed a gig with Gladys Knight for five days in Las Vegas and became a client with Abrams Artists. As a child she had vocal, dance, and guitar lessons. Aaliyah went on to attend Detroit Performing Arts High School and graduated with a 4.0 GPA. She landed many roles in movies. Just in 2001 Aaliyah had over six movie roles including Anne Rice’s Queen of the Damned and the Matrix sequels. She was also a multi-platinum recording artists and was successful in everything she did. Aaliyah was very shy and mysterious. She was well educated and was never the type of celebrity that was full of herself, she was just the opposite. Her life came to a tragic end in a plane crash after the video shoot of her video “Rock Tha Boat.”

Aaliyah, in 1993 began working with the already established R&B; artist R. Kelly on her debut album, “Age Ain’t Nuthin’ But A Number.” She worked hard on this album under the guidance of her mentor, R. Kelly who wrote most of the songs on the album and produced it. The album was released in 1994 and was an instant success. Aaliyah was named the prototype for young female artists. Aaliyah was satisfied with her success. By 1996 Aaliyah began work on her second album “One in a Million.” She teamed up with the virtually unknown duo Timothy “Timbaland” Moseley and Melissa “Missy” Elliot. Timbaland made the beats and Missy wrote the songs. Aaliyah’s voice flowed over the beats seamlessly and effortlessly. This album also was a success. Aaliyah took a much needed break from doing studio albums. During this time Aaliyah landed her first movie role in the movie Romeo Must Die and recorded many songs for other movie soundtracks. In 2000 Aaliyah was back in the studio recording for her third self-titled album. She chose the name to carry the project because it was by far her best work, “her baby” as she called it. The album is even said to be the best R&B; album of our time. It showcased her ability to switch from many genres of music effortlessly, such as smooth jazz, rock, hip hop, classical, and many other musical elements. This album like her previous ones was an instant success. Aaliyah worked with Missy, Timbaland, and many other great producers and writers. This was her last and final album.

Aaliyah’s career began in 1993 with R. Kelly as her mentor/producer. The two worked hard on the album and perfected it. The album was released in 1994 and was a success. After an incident in which Aaliyah’s parents had to intervene and Aaliyah and Kelly parted ways. In 1996 Aaliyah teamed up with the duo Timbaland and Missy. Upon meeting them they had great musical chemistry. This time around Aaliyah had full control of her own career and how she wanted her music to sound, whereas before she was under R. Kelly, but now she made her own decisions. Missy and Tim also gained a friend and media recognition because before working on the project they were unknown but after it they had lots of business. Aaliyah became a business woman and embraced her newfound freedom. Aaliyah landed a role in Romeo Must Die. She trained very hard to make sure she had her role down pact. Aaliyah never left room for mistakes because she was a perfectionist. On her third album Aaliyah worked with Missy and Tim and many other great producers and writers such as Static(of the R&B; group Playa) who wrote majority of the songs on the album.

In 1994 Aaliyah became romantically involved with her mentor/ producer at the age of 15. Kelly who is nearly 10 years older than Aaliyah kept it secret from everyone. No one knew except the two, they continued as if nothing was going on. Aaliyah and Kelly secretly married and once this was found out by her parents they had the marriage annulled and the two parted ways. For about five years Aaliyah was single and focused on her career until about 2000 when she met the love of her life, Damon Dash(CEO of the major record company Roc-A-Fella records.) They loved each other and were always together and were engaged. Damon bought a two-million dollar home so that after Aaliyah did her video shoot and filming the Matrix sequels they could marry and live there. Aaliyah’s family loved Damon and she loved him they were truly happy together. They were together until her life came to a tragic end in a plane crash after her video shoot. Damon was crushed by the death of his beloved Aaliyah and stayed out of the public for almost a year after her death.

She still lives on through her music and in our hearts.

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