Birthdate: February 20, 1988
Birthplace: St. Michael, Barbados
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Rihanna - Caribbean Childhood
The daughter of a Barbadian father and a Guyanese mother, Rihanna grew up as Robyn Rihanna Fenty in Saint Michael, Barbados. Despite her simple upbringing, she already showed signs of promise - Rihanna attended Combermere High School where she won both the talent and beauty contests in 2004. She loved to sing for her family and friends but never really thought a career in the music industry would be possible for a small town girl like herself.
Rihanna - Opportunity Knocks
When a friend introduced Rihanna to a vacationing American music producer, Evan Rogers (who has worked with Christina Aguilera, *NSYNC, and Jessica Simpson), and his Barbadian wife, Jackie, her life changed forever. Evan Rogers, along with his business partner Carl Sturken, helped Rihanna produce a demo album (which included the song Pon De Replay) and sent it off to various record labels. Rihanna moved to New York to be closer to the action - and then crossed her fingers that someone would sign her.
Rihanna - A Star is Born
When Jay-Z got his hands on Rihanna's demo, he knew he'd found a star. He convinced Rihanna to sign to his label, Def Jam Recordings, in a meeting that dragged on until 4:30AM. The six-album deal led to the release of her debut CD, Music of the Sun, in August 2005. Her follow-up album, A Girl Like Me, was released in April 2006 and quickly achieved gold status. Rihanna became a superstar with her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad that featured the massive summer hit, Umbrella. The original album and the Reloaded version have produced 9 singles, most of which were Top 40 hits. Rihanna is here to stay!
Rihanna - Did U Know?
- Rihanna's fave singers include Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey and Beyonce.
- Rihanna lives with Evan and Jackie Rogers - the peeps who discovered her in Barbados.
- Rihanna has a cameo in Bring It On III.
- Rihanna has toured with Gwen Stefani.
"I want to give people a taste of the Caribbean, and show them the fun side of me."