"I was extreme... from
skateboarder to hip-hopper to rave child to lead singer of a rock band -- I did
it all, and all at the same time."
Christened Alecia Moore, Pink
was born September 8, 1979, to parents James and Judy. While growing up in
Philadephia, her father played Bob Dylan and Don McLean songs on the guitar,
which served as inspiration to Pink's pursuit of a musical career.
A young Pink proclaimed her
love for music by running through her house singing songs, and creating her own
fantasies by doing so. While growing up, the Philly club scene provided her the
venue to express herself by both singing and dancing. At the age of 13, Pink
met a popular Philly club dancer named Skratch, who she started dancing with.
This led to her singing backup in his rap group, Schools of Thought.
By the time she was 14, Pink
had penned her first song. Songwriting became a way for the future R&B/pop
singer to express her feelings and thoughts on her Philly childhood and
adolescent experiences, in a therapeutic way.
One of her favorite pastimes,
going to clubs, became part of her start in the music industry. She would
frequent Club Fever every Friday night, where she eventually was given a
5-minute spot. Although Pink was sometimes boo-ed while on stage, she used the
negativity as more fuel to the fire of her ambition.
Her career took a turn in the
right direction after a representative came to Club Fever in search of an
addition to an R&B group. Impressed by Pink's voice and style, she was signed
as the new member of the short-lived group, Basic Instinct.
Since Pink didn't feel that
she fit into the group, Basic Instinct was nothing more than that -- a fleeting
instinct -- but Pink was on her way to bigger and better things, as a solo
But not before another shot
at a group, this time one named Choice. Signed with LaFace Records, Choice was
just as ill-fated as Basic Instinct, but this time due to differing ambitions
and mentalities of the group members. It did lead however, to Pink's
relationship with LaFace, presently Pink's record label.
As one of the lead singers of
Choice, Pink was asked by Darryl Simmons to contribute to the songwriting of
the group's song, "Just To Be Loving You". It was her contribution to
the song that triggered her love for songwriting -- once a childhood hobby and
now part of her job.
Pink's debut album, Can't
Take Me Home, was released in Spring 2000, and has since garnered critical and
commercial praise. Her first single, "There You Go", became a Top 40
Pop chart staple, and was even named the number 2 breakup song of all-time by US magazine.
The second single, "Most
Girls", is seeing the same success as its predecessor, if not more, by
shedding light on the money-grubbing tendencies of "most girls." As
opposed to most female artists, Pink, who cites Madonna, Mary J. Blige, Janis
Joplin, and The Supremes as inspiration, prefers to sing about real moments in
life and personal experiences, rather than sing romantic ballads. As a result,
her experiences from her native Philadelphia are showcased in her debut album.
Hot off the trails of a
summer tour opening for 'N Sync, Pink is definitely seeing the world through
Although she's only 21 years
old and has the same color hair as most children's troll dolls, Pink's
tendencies and undeniable talent prove that she's more than just a passing
phase in today's world of musical talents.
With the collaboration and
support of Babyface and LaFace records, Pink writes all of her own lyrics.
That's not at all hard to believe -- she walks the walk, and it is quite
evident that she's not like "most girls."
She has an outspoken and
in-your-face persona that seems to radiate through that hair of hers (that we
can't seem to get passed).
Although some guys would
rather take her to a salon than show her off to their buddies, there's a
sparkle in Pink's eyes that hint at a devilish sensuality.
With the recent release of
her new album Can't Take Me Home, Pink's star has been steadily on the rise
after only releasing two singles.
Poor Pink seems to be
oblivious when it comes to fashion. If anyone saw what she wore to the MTV
Music Awards, they would've thought that the poor singer had just escaped a
train wreck. And considering she had her hair spiked in every which way just
reinforces our belief that Pink truly doesn't have a clue.