The princess of R&B
Born in Brooklyn, New York, and then raised in Detroit, Michigan, Aaliyah Dana Haughton rose from obscurity to become an American singer, dancer, actress, and model. From the tender age of 10, she first appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. By age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and started her musical journey to super stardom.
Fast forward to August 25, 2001. On that fateful day when we lost Aaliyah, we lost more than just a multi-talented young star. The world lost a beautiful soul who had the potential to achieve, give and lead a generation of young women towards the possible. The sudden loss of Aaliyah is even more tragic because at the time she was fully blossoming into someone who was ready to take her place among the few stars with international cross over appeal.
On that sad day, we also lost a daughter…who possessed a heart that was as big and beautiful as her gorgeous smile.
We also lost a friend, whose effervescence brighten us; individually and collectively.
For all of these reasons, we will always remember, Aaliyah.
May she forever rest in peace.