Bailon at the 2008 Magnificent Mile Lights Festival in Chicago, Illinois.
|Birth name||Adrienne Eliza Bailon|
|Born||October 24, 1983|
|Origin||Lower East Side
Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.
|Genres||R&B, pop, hip hop|
|Occupations||Singer-songwriter, actress, television personality, dancer|
|Associated acts||3LW, The Cheetah Girls|
Adrienne Eliza Bailon (born October 24, 1983) is an American recording artist, singer-songwriter, actress, dancer, and television personality. Bailon first rose to prominence as a founding member and the lead singer of the all female group 3LW, along with Kiely Williams and Naturi Naughton. The trio released two studio albums together before going through line-up changes and finally disbanding in 2007. While still in 3LW, Bailon along with Williams had already begun work on the Disney channel franchise involving the film The Cheetah Girls. The films franchise became so popular that The Cheetah Girls became an actual girl group, which Bailon became the lead singer of. Their official debut album, TCG was released in 2007, the same year 3LW broke up. The Cheetah Girls officially disbanded in 2008 to pursue solo projects. Aside from her work in 3LW and The Cheetah Girls, Bailon has went on to have her own acting career.She's appeared in films such as Coach Carter, the made-for-television films Taylor Made[disambiguation needed] and Buffalo Dreams, both released in 2005 as well. Bailon had a lead role in the made-for-television film All You've Got which debuted on MTV in 2006. Bailon also portrayed the lead role of Erma in the 2006 comedy film Cuttin' da Mustard. Aside from her work in film, she has also guest starred in numerous television series. She has appeared in the Disney series That's So Raven and The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, along with the other members of The Cheetah Girls. Bailon has also done solo music work, contributing to the Confessions of a Shopaholic soundtrack, and numerous guest appearances.
Life and career 
1983-2002: Early life, career beginnings, and 3LW 
Bailon was born to a Puerto Rican mother and an Ecuadorian father on October 24, 1983. She grew up in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York. Bailon has an older sister, Claudette, and is the cousin of Jorge Santos, who was once in a relationship with Christina Aguilera. Bailon's parents are divorced, and she was raised by her mother and stepfather, Joe. She attended High School for Health Professions and Human Services, but didn't pursue a career in the medical field due to her musical endeavors. Bailon commented "I really wanted to be an Obstetrician! I wanted to bring babies into the world.." Bailon was discovered by Latin pop singer Ricky Martin while she was performing in a church choir at Madison Square Garden. Martin asked for the four best singers in the group, and Bailon was one to be selected. Bailon, along with the other picked singers, performed as back up singers at Martin's live concert later that night.
Following the performance, Bailon became a member of the girl group 3LW. Bailon stated that she was spotted by a producer while on a field trip to Beth Israel[disambiguation needed], and was later offered a slot in the female trio. Bailon said "..coming from very humble beginnings in the projects of the Lower East Side and not having any "Hollywood" connections... It did not seem realistic. I sang in church, acted in all the church and school plays... So when the opportunity came to join a girl group I was ready!" The group was signed to Epic Records. Kiely Williams and Naturi Naughton were the other two members of the group, and work on their debut album began in 1999. In 1999, the original line up of 3LW formed. Their first single, "No More (Baby I'ma Do Right)", was released in the fall of 2000. "No More" was a chart success, and was followed by "Playas Gon' Play" in early 2001. The group's self-titled debut album, 3LW was released on December 5, 2000. The album went on to be certified platinum by the RIAA, selling 1.3 million copies in the US. In the summer of 2001, the group embarked on the MTV Total Request Live tour along with Destiny's Child, Dream, Nelly, Eve, and Jessica Simpson. In 2001, 3LW recorded a song with various artists including Michael Jackson, Usher, Beyoncé, Luther Vandross, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey in response to the 9/11 attacks called "What More Can I Give". In late 2001 they collaborated with Lil' Romeo and Nick Cannon for "Parents Just Don't Understand" on the Jimmy Neutron, Boy Genius soundtrack.
3LW spent the first half of 2002 in the studio, recording an album tentatively titled Same Game, Different Rules. The album and its intended lead single "Uh Oh" were presented to the label, who felt it did not have enough urban radio appeal. The tracks from Same Game, Different Rules were leaked to the Internet in MP3 format, and Epic considered dropping the girls. A fan support campaign for 3LW named 'Never Let Go Of 3LW' after their song "Never Let Go" spread to the radio, and the act was retained, despite the album loss. Recording a new set of tracks, the group returned in the summer of 2002 with the P. Diddy-produced single "I Do (Wanna Get Close To You)", featuring Loon. That same summer, the group performed a concert special on Nickelodeon titled Live on Sunset. By August, the group was set to release its newest LP, A Girl Can Mack, when member Naughton had left the group for good after heated arguments. A Girl Can Macks release date was pushed back a month, but sales were still disappointing debuting at #15 on the Billboard 200 with a disappointing 53,000 copies sold in the first week. Approaching the time that the group was ready to deliver their second album, Naturi Naughton announced that she was no longer a member of the group. Naughton alleged that she had a number of conflicts and arguments with Bailon, Williams, and their management, which led to a heated argument in August 2002 involving an altercation with KFC food. Not long after, Naughton claimed that she was forced out of the group.
2003-2008: The Cheetah Girls, 3LW disbandment, and acting career 
Williams and Bailon continued as a duo while using the "3LW" name, causing the press to jokingly refer to them as "2LW". According to a cover story for the October 2002 issue of Sister 2 Sister magazine, Kiely & Adrienne said they received death threats and that they had to beef up security. The departure of Naturi greatly affected the group's popularity and album sales. After the second single released from the album, "Neva Get Enuf", underperformed, auditions were held across the country for a new third member. Jessica Benson made the cut and joined 3LW in early 2003. Without Jessica, the group might have had to split due to "bankruptcy". Jessica's first performance was on Live with Regis & Kelly, followed by a performance on Soul Train. In fall 2003, 3LW departed from Epic, signing with Jermaine Dupri's So So Def label. The group then began working on their fourth studio album.
While working on the album, both Bailon and Williams signed on to star in the Disney channel film The Cheetah Girls. They starred as two of four members of a female girl group named after the film, with Raven-Symoné and Sabrina Bryan portraying the final two members. The movie was released in August 2003 and was a ratings success. The Cheetah Girls soundtrack debuted at #33 on the Billboard 200 and was later certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA. Bailon had a supporting role on Disney Channel's That's So Raven which she played Alana. In 2005, she starred in Coach Carter as Dominique, her first theatrically released film. Walt Disney Records soon created a real-life girl group, composed of Adrienne, Kiely, and Sabrina. Raven was offered a spot in the group but declined, opting to focus on her solo career and her television series That's So Raven. The trio began working on their first studio album, later revealed to be a Christmas album. The album, titled Cheetah-licious Christmas, was released that year, and they soon left Walt Disney and signed to Hollywood Records in 2006. Bailon then starred in the MTV film All You've Got, along with R&B singer Ciara. The movie was released to DVD on May 2006 and premiered on MTV.
The Cheetah Girls later returned to film the sequel The Cheetah Girls 2. Though she was absent from the main group, Raven-Symoné did return to film the sequel. The movie premiered on August 25, 2006, and brought a total of 8.1 million viewers, becoming the highest rated Disney Channel original movie and beating the premiere of the first of the High School Musical films. The soundtrack to the movie released on August 15, 2006, and debuted at #5 on the charts and was certified platinum by the end of the year. The Cheetah Girls began work on their second studio album in January 2006. "We'll be making a real album, not a soundtrack", Bailon said. Their debut album TCG was released on September 25, 2007, and featured the single "Fuego", which charted on Hot Dance Club Play's chart and had its video played in heavy rotation on Disney Channel and MTV Tr3s.
Though they were heavily involved with The Cheetah Girls, Kiely and Adrienne were still members of 3LW, though progress on their fourth album had halted due to their work with The Cheetah Girls. The group's fourth studio album was originally called Phoenix Rising, but was renamed Point of No Return. The lead-off single, "Feelin' You", was added on radio stations July 12, 2006. The album was supposed to be released later that year but was pushed back to a 2007 release because of Adrienne and Kiely's involvement with Disney's Cheetah Girls franchise, and eventually fell off the release schedule. The album delays were caused by image conflicts between both groups. As a result, the album was never released. In early 2007, Bailon stated in Girls Life magazine that 3LW was on hold because of the Cheetah Girls project. However, rumors were finally put to rest by Bailon in an interview with Jonathon Jackson in 2008 when Bailon confirmed that 3LW officially disbanded after they were removed from the So So Def roster. Bailon and Williams decided to then pursue The Cheetah Girls franchise full-time.
In 2008, work on the third film in The Cheetah Girls franchise, titled The Cheetah Girls: One World was in works. According to Disney, the plot would involve the Cheetah Girls going to India to star in a Bollywood production. Like The Cheetah Girls 2, it was filmed on location in a foreign country. In an interview, Bailon stated the movie would film for a three-month period, in India, and that she had been doing research for the film. She also stated that "all of the original cast will be back". However, Raven-Symoné later confirmed that she would not return for this film as she was busy with her fourth studio album and was filming movies such as College Road Trip. The movie premiered to over 6.2 million viewers, and reached 7 million viewers in its final half hour. This still failed to meet the ratings of the first two and was the series' lowest-rated premiere. In the UK, its premiere night scored 412,000 on Disney Channel UK, making it #1 of the week, and received 182,000 on Disney Channel UK +1, also #1 on that channel for the week, totalling 594,000. Bailon recorded two solo songs for the films soundtrack album, "What If" and "Stand Up".
In November 2008, Williams confirmed in an interview with In Touch Weekly that the group had officially disbanded to pursue solo careers in both acting and singing. Bailon and Bryan later confirmed the statement. As of 2012, the group is still disbanded, though all three members have stated they are "open" to working with one another again.
2009-present: Continued acting, Empire Girls, and solo music 
Following the breakup of The Cheetah Girls, Bailon was signed to Island Def Jam Records and began working on her debut studio album. First confirmed in a radio interview in New York, Bailon later confirmed the news on her official Twitter stating "For everyone who wasn't in [New York] -- I officially announced I have signed a solo deal with Island Def Jam! So, happy I'm finally able to tell you guys.." Bailon began working on her debut album shortly after signing with the label. Her first official musical release were the songs "Uncontrollable" and "Big Spender", both of which were featured on the Confessions of a Shopaholic film soundtrack, released in 2009. The soundtrack featured songs from numerous artist, including Lady Gaga and The Pussycat Dolls. Later that year, she was featured in the Ghostface Killah song "I'll Be That", featured on his eighth studio album Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City. In 2010, a cover of the hit song "I Wonder If I Take You Home" was released by Bailon, with the title shortened to "Take You Home", featuring Ghostface Killah. Bailon later performed the song with Lisa Lisa, the original artist of the song.
Starting in 2007, Bailon began dating Rob Kardashian, the brother of Kim Kardashian. While dating Rob, Bailon appeared in a total of eight episodes of the reality series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, appearing as Rob's girlfriend. The show saw Bailon and Kardashian get tattoos with one another, among other aspects of their relationship. The couple officially split in 2009. On the breakup, Bailon stated "You know they say opposites attract. I’m a real New Yorker [...] Sometimes I think the things that matter to us were different." Though the reasoning was not announced at the time of the breakup, it was later revealed that Rob had cheated on Bailon during their relationship, which was the ultimate reason they broke up. In 2012, Bailon announced that she was taking part in the reality show Empire Girls: Julissa and Adrienne, which would revolve around Bailon and friend Julissa Bermudez. Bailon said of the show's premise, "The show follows us wanting to take our careers to the next level, coming back to New York City, where we’re originally from [...] to take our careers to that next level." The show premiered on June 3, 2012 and has been a ratings success for Style Network. Bailon later appeared in the music video for the song "Give Me Everything" by Latin rapper Pitbull.
Bailon has announced that she worked with R&B singer Ne-Yo on a new single, set to be released in Summer of 2012. Her debut album is set to be released at the beginning of 2013, according to Bailon. Bailon later stated "It’s going to be very similar to 3LW’s sound because Ne-Yo likes that, that’s how he first knew me. It’s going have a lot of club records on there." She later went on to describe the music as being very "rhythmic". Bailon played as Katalina Santiago in the film, The Coalition, which was released on DVD and Blu-ray in February 2013. Bailon starred in the ABC Family movie, Lovestruck: The Musical, on April 21, 2013. The movie featured Bailon singing the Madonna classic,"Like A Virgin" with Sara Paxton and Chelsea Kane. Other songs Bailon sang in the film include a song entitled "Everlasting Love", alongside Paxton, Kane, and Drew Seeley. Bailon is also set to star in another film entitled In Love with A Church Girl later in 2013. In 2014, Bailon is scheduled to star in an animated film entitled, The Power of Animals, playing the voice of Kayla Garcia. Bailon is also scheduled to record the film's theme song, "The Power Of Love," with former Cheetah Girls band mates Kiely Williams and Sabrina Bryan.
3LW & The Cheetah Girls 
Solo Songs 
- "Stand Up" (from The Cheetah Girls: One World (soundtrack))
- "What If" (from The Cheetah Girls: One World)
- "Big Spender" (from Confessions of a Shopaholic Soundtrack)
- "Uncontrollable" (from Confessions of a Shopaholic Soundtrack)
- "Like A Virgin" w/Sara Paxton & Chelsea Kane (from Lovestruck: The Musical soundtrack)
- "Everlasting Love" w/Sara Paxton, Chelsea Kane, & Drew Seeley (from Lovestruck: The Musical soundtrack)
- "The Power Of Love" w/Kiely Williams, and Sabrina Bryan (theme song from The Power Of Animals)
Featured Songs 
- "No Me Digas Que No" (Xtreme feat. Adrienne Bailon)
- "No Me Digas Que No" (Enemigo feat. Adrienne Bailon)
- "I'll Be That" (Ghostface Killah feat Adrienne Bailon)
- "Come With Me" (Daddy Yankee feat. Adrienne Bailon, Prince Royce & Elijah King)
Unreleased/leaked songs 
- "Only You" (feat. Jay-Z)
- "This Hot"
- "Take You Home"(feat. Ghostface Killah)
- "Chase The Wind"
- "Don't Give Up On Us"
- "Loosen Me Up"
- "Live It Up"
|2003||The Cheetah Girls||Chanel Simmons||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2005||Coach Carter||Dominique||Theatrical debut; credited as Adrienne Eliza Bailon|
|2005||Taylor Made||Madison Santos||Television film|
|2005||Buffalo Dreams||Domino||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2006||All You've Got||Gabby Espinoza||Television film|
|2006||The Cheetah Girls 2||Chanel Simmons||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2008||Cuttin' da Mustard||Erma||Theatrically released|
|2008||The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2||Cute Video Couple Girl||Cameo|
|2008||The Cheetah Girls: One World||Chanel Simmons||Disney Channel Original Movie|
|2012||The Coalition||Katalina Santiago||Exhibited in film festival; Released in DVD and Blu-ray in February 2013.|
|2013||Lovestruck: The Musical||Noelle||ABC Family television film|
|2013||I'm In Love with a Church Girl||Vanessa Leon||post-production|
|2014||The Power Of Animals||Kayla Garcia (voice)|
|2003-04||That's So Raven||Alana Rivera||4 episodes|
|2007-08||Disney Channel Games||Herself||Disney mini-series; Red Team|
|2008-11||Keeping Up with the Kardashians||Herself||Reality Series; 13 episodes|
|2008||The Suite Life of Zack & Cody||Herself||Guest star with The Cheetah Girls|
|2008||Studio DC: Almost Live||Herself||Guest star with The Cheetah Girls|
|2011||Kourtney and Kim Take New York||Herself||Reality series; 1 episode|
|2012–present||Empire Girls: Julissa and Adrienne'||Herself||Reality series; main cast|
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