From the time I was born on October 25, 1984 in Santa Barbara, California, I had a strict upbringing. It was not just a “keep your elbows off the table” strict, it was more like a “since we both work as pastors, we do not allow our children to watch MTV or VH1 because we think the imagery and the content of that type of music goes against what we believe in” strict.
Luckily, my parents didn’t ban all forms of music from our house. When I was nine, I took singing lessons and I was playing the guitar by the time I was thirteen!
In high school, I got the opportunity to travel to Nashville with my mother to work on a gospel album. And like putting a square peg in a triangle hole, let’s just say that it didn’t really work out.
After that, I decided to become more of my own, unique person. I earned my GED and moved to Los Angeles to work on my music. Times were tough, and after having three different record deals fall through, I finally signed with a record label in 2007!
I released my first single in November of that year, but it wasn’t until the release of my second single that my lovely, strange self hit the top of the Billboard charts. This, however, did not come without controversy. Like my parents reacting to MTV and VH1, some of the public were concerned about the content of the single.
In 2009, with a rightfully, ironic plot twist, I had acoustic special on MTV! That same year, I started a relationship with a popular comedian. We were happily married in 2010 in India, but the good times didn’t last; we divorced in 2011.
Sometimes things like that happen, but you have to keeping rolling with it, like I always say.
Since then, I have been releasing albums, each with one hit after another.
In 2015, I performed at the SuperBowl. Unfortunately, while it was the most watched halftime show to date, the performance, and the memes that came from it, were more remembered for the mascot characters dancing behind me.
In 2018, I was a judge on a talent competition show, but my antics caught more of the attention on social media than the show itself.
Who am I?