The Cheetah Girl
"Don't ever give up. Believe in yourself or no one else will. My personal saying is: 'I'd rather die knowing that I tried to do what I love.'" Adrienne Bailon.
Having been singing since the age of 5 and starting out as a back-up singer for a Ricky Martin concert, Adrienne Bailon broke the music scene as a member of the pop/R&B singing girl group “3LW,” with whom she enjoyed a number of modest hits during the early 2000s, including "No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)," "Playas Gon' Play," and "I Do (Wanna Get Close To You)", featuring Loon. The now-defunct girl group reportedly will release a come-back album titled “ Point Of No Return.”
During 3LW's inactivity, Adrienne was recruited as a member of Walt Disney's singing girl group who made famous by the eponymous Disney Channel Original Movie, “The Cheetah Girls,” alongside Kiely Williams and Sabrina Bryan. With them, Adrienne released a Christmas album titled "Cheetah-licious Christmas" (2005) and recently released their official debut studio album, "TCG," on September 25, 2007.
Adrienne, a Puerto Rican/Ecuadorian/American descendant, is also an actress. Besides starring in the Disney Channel Original Movies “The Cheetah Girls” series (2003, 2006 and 2008), she has appeared in the sitcom “That's So Raven” as well as the films "Coach Carter" (2005), "Cuttin Da Mustard" (2006) and "All You've Got" (2006).
Childhood and Family:
On October 24, 1983, Adrienne Eliza Bailon, nicknamed “Age,” was born in Lower Eastside Manhattan, New York. Her mother, Nilda, is from Ecuador and her father, Freddie Bailon, is from Puerto Rico. She also has a stepfather named Joe and an older sister named Claudette, who is three years older than her.
Adrienne's cousin, Jorge Santos, is pop star Christina Aguilera's former boyfriend and dancer. Adrienne is fluent in Spanish.
Having been singing since she was about 5 years old, Adrienne Bailon landed her first big break in 1999 when Ricky Martin walked through the door of her church at Madison Square Garden and became one of the four best singers from her choir chosen by the Latin superstar to sing back up for him at his concert that night.
The real breakthrough arrived when she was offered to join the R&B group “3LW,” along with Naturi Naughton and Kiely Williams. With her newly-formed girl band, Adrienne released self-titled debut album "3LW" on November 14, 2000. It peaked at #29 in the US and was certified platinum. The album, which spawned their hit singles "No More (Baby Ima Do Right)" and "Playas Gon' Play," earned the group the Best New R&B Artist and Album of the Year at the 2001 Lady Of Soul Awards.
With "3LW," Adrienne released the group's second album, "A Girl Can Mack," on October 22, 2002. It includes their smash hit "I Do (Wanna Get Close To You)" featuring P. Diddy and Loon, and "Neva Get Enuf" with Lil' Wayne. Unfortunately, the girl group have lost some fans and have dealt a blow of negative publicity for the departure of Naturi Naughton, who left the group due to a heated argument, just within week before the release date of this album. However, the album debuted at #15 on the The Billboard 200 charts and was sold 200,000 copies.
That same year On December 10, Adrienne and "3LW," now minus Naturi, released a holiday/Christmas album titled "Naughty or Nice." They also held auditions across America looking for a new member to replace Naturi, which eventually went to Jessica Benson, who was officially part of “3LW” in December 2002.
During 3LW's inactivity, Adrienne was cast as Chanel, a Puerto Rican, Cuban and Dominican descent noted for her trademark mini-micro braids and has a flair for designer clothing, in the popular Disney Channel Original Movie “The Cheetah Girls” (2003), which based on a bestselling series of young adult books of the same name by Deborah Gregory. The musical telemovie spawned a multi-platinum soundtrack and an even more popular sequel with accompanying soundtrack. The popularity of the movie spawned a real-life girl group, “The Cheetah Girls,” with the movie stars Adrienne, Sabrina Bryan and "3LW" member Kiely Williams as the new girl group members.
On October 11, 2005, Adrienne, alongside her new girl group "The Cheetah Girls," released a Christmas album titled "Cheetah-licious Christmas." The album peaked at #74 on the Billboard charts and has sold over 300,000 copies in the United States. To support this album, the girls went on tour entitled "The Cheetah-licous Christmas Tour." "The Cheetah Girls" also return to star in the sequel to the Disney Channel Original Movie, "The Cheetah Girls 2" (2006).
"We'll be making a real album, not a soundtrack. Some of the music on there will be produced by will.i.am from the Black Eyed Peas. It's important for people to see us as a real musical group. We have all this great marketing around us, with the movies and other things. But we are a musical group." Adrienne Bailon.
Adrienne and her group “The Cheetah Girls” eventually released their official debut studio album on September 25, 2007 through Hollywood Records, titled "TCG." The first single of the album, "So Bring It On," was performed at the closing ceremonies of the 2007 Disney Channel Games which was filmed but did not air on television. The song premiered on Radio Disney on August 25, 2007 and the music video was officially premiered on Disney Channel on September 7, 2007. The second single, "Fuego," premiered on Radio Disney on September 15, 2007. The music video is confirmed to be a destination video with an exotic location and a luau theme.
As for Adrienne's R&B group 3LW, who was rumored to have been disbanded, will release their third studio album titled "Point Of No Return." Originally set to be released in August 2006, the album's release was eventually pushed back due to the popularity of The Cheetah Girls. Rumors circulated that "Feelin' You" will be the album's lead single, and "Strictly Business" will be the follow-up single.
Meanwhile, Adrienne has appeared in multiple episodes of Disney Channel's Emmy-nominated sitcom "That's So Raven" as well as in the made-for-television movies "Taylor Made" (2005; with Candace Bailey and Erik Estrada) and Disney Channel Original Movie "Buffalo Dreams" (2005; starring Reiley McClendon).
On the big screen, Adrienne could be seen in Thomas Carter's true story-based basketball movie "Coach Carter" (2005; starring Samuel L. Jackson) and writer/director Reed R. McCants' comedy film "Cuttin Da Mustard" (2006). She also starred as Gabby in Neema Barnette's coming-of-age volleyball drama film which debuted on MTV, "All You've Got" (2006).
Next, in August 2008, Adrienne and her group “The Cheetah Girls” will return to the sequel to the highly successful Disney Channel Original Movie, "The Cheetah Girls 3: Indian Adventure!"