Adrienne Bailon. biography
Adrienne Eliza Bailon was born on October 24, 1983, in New York City and was first discovered by Latin singer Ricky Martin while putting her vocals on display in a church choir.
Shortly after, Bailon as well as three other choir performers were introduced to the big stage as backup singers at one of Ricky’s live concerts. She was then discovered by a producer and ultimately chosen as the third member of the female trio 3LW.
Comprised of Bailon, Kiely Williams and Naturi Naughton, 3LW gained immediate success with the release of their debut album 3LW (2000), which was later certified platinum stemming from sales of 1.3 million copies in the U.S. and its hit single “Playas Gon’ Play.”
The group went on to record their next album Same Game, Different Rules in 2002, but was never released due to their label’s uncertainty of the album’s financial success. The girls returned to the studio in hopes of creating a more appealing LP, titled A Girl Can Mack (2012), only to find additional drama in part of Naughton leaving the group. The LP was finally released, but failed to mirror the trio’s past success. After the album only managed to sell a dismal 53,000 copies in its first week, Bailon and Williams began searching for Naughton’s replacement.
Following the addition of Jessica Benson and a new record deal with Jermaine Dupri’s So So Def label in 2003, both Williams and Bailon joined forces with Raven-Symone and Sabrina Bryan in the Disney Channel flick The Cheetah Girls. The two found additional success following the release of the movie’s soundtrack, which debuted at number 33 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Bailon went on to make her acting debut in Coach Carter (2005) before rejoining the Disney trio and releasing the group’s album Cheetah-licious Christmas. The Cheetah Girls continued gaining fans following the release of The Cheetah Girls 2 (2006), the group’s debut album TCG (2007) and the franchise’s third installment The Cheetah Girls: One World (2008).
Bailon tried to revive 3LW, but officially announced the group had broken up for good in 2012. Her debut solo album is set to release in 2013.