Saturday, 25 August 2012

Turn It Up!: Aaliyah - The One I Gave My Heart To (Music Video)

I'm adding this video in tribute to the lovely and talented Aaliyah, who, on this day 11 years ago, died in a horrific plane crash following the video shoot for her single "Rock The Boat" in the Bahamas. She was 22 when she died!

Born Aaliyah Dana Haughton, the Brooklyn, New York native got an early start on her music career, appearing on the talent show Star Search at the age of 9. By the age of 12, she had been signed to a major record label and began work on her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing But A Number which was released in 1994.

After the success of her debut, and a very tumultuous relationship with her mentor and co-collaborator R. Kelly, Aaliyah chose to leave her then record company Jive Records and signed a new deal with Atlantic Records, where she teamed up with the producers that helped to make her a household name, Timbaland and Missy Elliott. Aaliyah's image matured a bit more during this time, replacing the "Street But Sweet" image for a more sultry, "Classy but Sexy" (as she described it) one, which I think fit her vocal style so much better.

Her following 2 albums "One In A Million" (1996) and "Aaliyah" (2001), garnered the hits, "If Your Girl Only Knew", "4 Page Letter", "We Need A Resolution" and "More Than A Woman", and with tracks featured on soundtracks for films like "Doctor Dolittle", "Anastacia" and "Romeo Must Die" (which she also starred in), she became known as the reigning "Princess of R&B" and was listed at number 10 of the most successful female R&B artists of the past 25 years.

Her work on film included the action flick "Romeo Must Die", which she co-starred in with Martial Arts Superstar, Jet Li, and the Anne Rice vampire flick "Queen Of The Damned" to which she played the title role opposite actor Stuart Townsend.

This is one of my favorite songs (of many) that she recorded because it showcased the strength and sultryness of her voice.

So, to wrap it all up, I'd like to say Bless You Aaliyah, Rest In Peace and sing out with those angels up there in heaven!!!!

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