Born Alecia Moore, Pink grew up in a small town just outside Philadelphia and made her singing debut at the age of thirteen, with a local rap group.
Music was a huge part of her childhood; her father taught her the guitar and was a major influence on her style. After being spotted performing at a Philadelphia club, she was signed by MCA Records to complete the line-up of vocal group Basic Instinct. After a short spell with the trio, Moore moved on to another R&B outfit; Choice, who were signed by LaFace Records. Her writing contributions came to the attention of L.A. Reid, who signed her as a solo artist, and put her in the studio with the label’s leading writer/producers, including Darryl Simmons and co-founder Babyface.
Her debut album, ‘Can't Take Me Home’, was released in April 2000 and hit the US charts with songs ‘There You Go’ and ‘Most Girls’. Pink moved away from her urban roots on the more successful ‘M!ssundaztood’, a harder-edged album featuring several tracks written and produced by her long-time idol, ex-4 Non Blondes leader Linda Perry. The album repeated the commercial success of her debut and featured the US top five singles, ‘Get The Party Started’ and ‘Just Like A Pill’.
Her album ‘Try This’ in 2003 also spawned huge hit singles. Pink’s songs are written to compliment and display her vocal range and her love of the pop side of R&B. In April 2006, she released her fourth studio album, ‘I’m Not Dead’ and it went on to reach the top ten of the US charts and the top five in the UK. The prolific singer-songwriter released another chart-topping album in October 2008. ‘Funhouse’ reached number one in the UK and debuted at number two in the US. It also netted the star three Grammy nominations and five Video Music Award nominations. Her latest album was 'The Truth About Love' and was released in 2012.
However, she is probably best known for her ‘tough girl’ image, (her dog is named f**ker) and her distinctive style. She is rarely seen without brightly coloured hair and, at only nineteen, she already had thirteen tattoos. She married motocross racer Carey Hart in 2006 after proposing to the sports star during a motocross race where she held up a sign asking if he would be her husband. The couple briefly split in 2008 but made a public announcement in 2009 that they were back together again.
The singer confirmed during the ‘Ellen Degeneres Show’ that she is expecting a baby with Hart. She posted pictures of her pregnant belly on Twitter, stating that she had done so “because paparazzi of today have absolutely no photographic skill or artistry whatsoever, and their pictures are hideous”. The award-winning singer said that a three week photography class had made her “a far better photographer than any one of them”. Willow Sage Hart was born on June 2 2011.