Pink Biography: Life and Career of the Singer

Born Alecia Beth Moore on September 8th, 1979 near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Pink was a troubled child who turned to music as an outlet for her frustrations. She was a prolific songwriter even in her youth, and she joined various bands before deciding to go solo. She hit it big with her debut album, "Can’t Take Me Home," but was unhappy with the cookie-cutter R&B it featured. She took more control over her sound for her next album and the result was the mega-successful "Missundaztood." Since then, she’s proved herself an enduring star who speaks her mind and doesn’t conform to the pop starlet mold. In this video, WatchMojo.com learns more about the life and career of Pink.
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Biography of Pink


This artist’s personality is as colorful as her hair. Welcome to WatchMojo.com, and today we’re taking a look at the life and career of Pink.

Early Years


Alecia Beth Moore was born September 8th, 1979 near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As a child, she exhibited rebellious tendencies, which were intensified by her parents’ divorce. Moore developed her voice with a high school band, and continued writing moody songs after their breakup. By 14, she was dancing and singing on the nightclub circuit, and was caught in a world of partying and drugs.

Choice


Around this time, Moore adopted the stage name Pink, which was rumored to be a tribute to a character in the film “Reservoir Dogs.” In 1995, Pink landed a record deal as part of the R&B trio Choice; however, the group dissolved before their debut saw the light of day.

Debut Album


It was time for Pink to go solo, and in 2000 she unveiled Can't Take Me Home. Hit singles like “There You Go” and “Most Girls” eventually propelled the record to double-platinum status, and earned her a spot opening for 'Nsync on their No Strings Attached tour.

“Lady Marmalade”


Pink, with her rebellious bad-girl image and bright hair, was the hottest new act. In 2001, she joined forces with some of her peers for the star-studded cover of “Lady Marmalade” for the “Moulin Rouge!” soundtrack. The song and its accompanying music video were smash hits, and it became Pink’s first number one. Eventually, Pink, Christina Aguilera, Mýa and Lil' Kim, won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.

M!ssundaztood


But Pink no longer wanted to be lumped together with other pop acts, and sought to do something different than the cookie-cutter R&B of her first album. She took control and veered her music in a new direction by recruiting former 4 Non Blondes singer Linda Perry, and the result was 2001's pop-rock oriented M!ssundaztood.

“Get the Party Started”


She got the party started early with the album’s first single, which landed her two MTV Video Awards and a Grammy nomination. She followed that with more successful singles, as well as another Grammy nod for Best Pop Vocal Album. The record sold over 12 million units worldwide.

“Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”


With her star status cemented, Pink embarked on her first tour, opened for Lenny Kravitz and co-wrote songs for other artists. She also contributed to the soundtrack for and appeared in “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.”

Try This


But, the edgy star’s third album, 2003’s rocky Try This, failed to meet expectations. None of its singles cracked the Top 40, but “Trouble” did win Pink another Grammy.

I’m Not Dead


She came back swinging for her next record: Pink partnered with superstar producers for 2006's personal and political I'm Not Dead, and the outcome was another triumph. It included singles like the controversial send-up of celebrity culture “Stupid Girls,” and the top ten hit “U + Ur Hand.”

More Success


Riding high on that success, Pink collaborated with a wealth of artists, opened for Justin Timberlake, embarked on a world tour and released a concert DVD.

Funhouse


In 2008, the breakup of her two-year marriage to motocross racer Carey Hart inspired her next effort: Funhouse produced the first number one solo single of Pink’s career, which was followed by a string of other hits that made the album an international. To promote the record, and show off her athletic skills, Pink performed at the 2010 Grammy Awards while doing an aerial silk act.

Greatest Hits…So Far!!!


To mark a decade in the biz, Pink unveiled Greatest Hits... So Far!!! in 2010, which included new tracks like “F*cking Perfect” and the number one hit “Raise Your Glass.” That same year, she also announced she and Hart had reunited and were expecting a baby.

The Truth About Love


Soon after, Pink expanded her horizons into acting with voice work in the movie “Happy Feet Two.” By 2012, it was back to music, when the hit “Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” dropped in support of Pink's sixth album, The Truth About Love.

Legacy


As celebrated as she is, Pink has remained an outcast. Never conforming to the pop starlet mold, she stands out from the pack as fearless and outspoken. Instead of letting herself be defined, she has redefined pop and has proved that she's not “Most Girls.”
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