Saturday, March 6, 2010

Women's History Month: Honoring Aaliyah

Whenever a person says Aaliyah's name when speaking of their favorite artists or just about music, you can always count on the fact that a smile will follow after her names rolls off of their tongue.

Aaliyah was an angel to R&B and was the viva la tomboy that every little girl that cursed skirts and barbie dolls needed.

Her sound was original and so was her style. She was practically one of the only R&B artist that was able to marry the sounds of Hip-Hop and R&B in a way that didn't sound forced. Her voice was light and sweet yet she was able to vocally attack a Hip-Hop tinged beat like a shark after it's prey.

The "At Your Best" singer had all the makings of a living legend, but sadly her life was cut short at the height of her career. In August of 2001, While returning from the Bahamas after wrapping up a video shoot for her song "Rock The Boat", Aaliyah perished in a plane crash that would shake not only the industry but the fans that perused it.

Prior to her sudden passing, Aaliyah was working on not only taking over music but also movies. She had starred in the action flick Romeo Must Die and Queen of the Damned and had been cast in such films like Honey (her part was later cast to Jessica Alba), The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolution (her part was later cast to Nona Gaye, Marvin Gaye's daughter).

As hard as it was to imagine or to accept she was gone, Aaliyah departed from music and her fans; but her footprints still remain. Leaving behind songs like "Back & Forth", "Age Ain't Nothing But A Number", "One In A Million" and "Try Again To Name A Few", Aaliyah's music and her voice are sealed in the hearts of her fans.

Not afraid to be different, Aaliyah became the inspiration many new artists needed to further their dreams and to improve their talents. She had a unique sound thanks to her soft but agile vocals and accomplished more in her 22 years than many achieve in a full lifetime.

She was exceptional and so was her music, and it would be a shame to ignore how beautiful she was both inside and out. She was a star who's light faded too soon but her time here was enough for long lasting memories.

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