By Christopher John Farley
Don’t omit the inspirational biography at the back of the interesting new Lifetime motion picture Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, starring Alexandra Shipp because the remarkable singer Aaliyah.
Aaliyah Dana Haughton was once that track company rarity: an adolescent idol who reworked herself right into a severely acclaimed hip-hop soul artist, a singer who effectively made the transition to actress, and a gorgeous girl who by no means allow the trimmings of megastar visit her head. Following her extraordinary debut at age fourteen with the album Age Ain’t Nothin’ yet a Number, Aaliyah raised the bar together with her highly influential and bestselling follow-up, One in a Million. She then took her skills to Hollywood, starring within the motion mystery Romeo needs to Die and the hugely expected horror movie The Queen of the Damned. yet quickly after the discharge of her 3rd album in the summertime of 2001, Aaliyah’s lifestyles was once reduce brief in a sad aircraft crash.
this is the inspirational tale of the celebrity The Washington Post dubbed “Hip-Hop’s girl Di”—a girl who, by the point of her loss of life at age twenty-two, touched legions of enthusiasts world wide together with her haunting voice and delicate spirit.
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The plane rolled down the runway. It was Saturday, August 25, 2001. It was a warm day. The sky was smiling. Disaster was moments away. The weather said nothing. . We will always love you. —JANET JACKSON ON AALIYAH detroit, Michigan, is the kind of place that’s large enough to have the toughness of a big city but small enough to have some of the everybody-knows-everybody affability of a small town. That’s partly why Detroit has long been known as a spawning ground for new sounds. ” Motown Records, home to Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and many other top music acts, was born.
What’s the real me? It’s hard to say,” Aaliyah said. “I have a feeling for the hard-core street life, but I like to hang out in malls. I’m definitely going to college, and I’d like to get a doctorate in music history, with a minor in engineering. But I love singing more than anything. ” Kelly, too, was engaged in an identity struggle. Good artists are often influenced by the trailblazing performers who have come before them. It takes a truly great artist, however, to break free and find one’s own separate path.
Who is Aaliyah in the face of all that? I work as the music critic for TIME magazine. I talked to Aaliyah a few months before her death. I attended a small party she threw in a restaurant in New York City to celebrate the release of her third and final album, Aaliyah, and, the next day, I sat down and talked to her one-on-one. I found her to be gracious and eloquent, alluring and slightly mysterious, youthful and yet possessing a smooth solemnity that would be the envy of musicians twice her age.