ROMEO MUST DIE
AALIYAH's (Trish O'Day) career reads like a modern musical fairy tale come true.
She appeared on the 1998 Academy Awards to sing the Best Song nominee "Journey to the Past," from "Anastasia." A 1997 graduate of Detroit's High School for the Fine and Performing Arts, she is among the youngest singers in Oscar history to perform a nominated Best Song.
Most recently, Aaliyah hit #1 on the Billboard charts with another soundtrack song, "Are You That Somebody," from
"Dr. Doolittle," and received a 1998 Soul Train Award nomination.
Aaliyah's incredible rise to the top began at age 14 when she recorded her debut album, "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number" (1994). The album went platinum and included two gold- certified singles: "Back & Forth," which shot to #1 on Billboard's R&B chart and was Top 5 on the pop chart, and 'At Your Best (You Are Love)," which reached #2 on the R&B chart and Top 10 on the pop. The Brooklyn-born and Detroit-raised Aaliyah became a sensation and helped define the street-but-sweet sound and style soon imitated by other young female artists of the nineties. She then toured the United States and performed in Europe, Japan and South Africa.
In the week prior to her performance at the 1998 Academy Awards, Aaliyah was a guest model at the Tommy Hilfiger fashion show for MTV's
"Spring Break," held in Jamaica.
Aaliyah's recorded rendition of the warm, soulful ballad "Journey to the Past," produced and arranged by Guy Roche. also appears on the "Anastasia" soundtrack album on Atlantic Records and is heard during the closing credits of the film.
Her second and most recent album, the 1996 release "One In a Million" (Blackground/Atlantic), not only proved more sophisticated and soulful but outdid her first album by earning double platinum status. The single If Your Girl Only Knew" was a #1 R&B smash hit.
"Romeo Must Die" is Aaliyah's feature film debut.
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