Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick (born July 20, 1972) is an American pop music singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actress better known by her stage name, Vitamin C. Her singles include "Graduation (Friends Forever)", "As Long As You're Loving Me", "The Itch", and her most successful hit the Top 20 Gold certified "Smile". Vitamin C is also the former lead singer of the alternative rock band Eve's Plum. As an actress, she has appeared in the films Hairspray, Get Over It, Da Hip Hop Witch, Scary Movie 2, and Dracula 2000.
She was ranked #76 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2001.Mattel released a Vitamin C doll in 2000. She was a video game character in the game EA Sports Triple Play by EA Sports. Vitamin C has her own Tommy Hilfiger lipstick color developed after her signature yellow and orange hair.
On March 21, 2012, Vitamin C was appointed as Vice President of Music at Nickelodeon.
Vitamin C was born Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick in Old Bridge Township, New Jersey, on July 20, 1972. She is the youngest of three children born to Vita, a legal secretary, and Gerard Fitzpatrick, a communications executive.
Vitamin C graduated in 1987 from Cedar Ridge High School in New Jersey, now called Old Bridge High School. During her high school years she was a dancer who danced professionally in several TV ads, and also starred in her high school musical. She later attended and graduated from New York University in 1991. She has been married since 2004 to guitarist Michael Kotch, her former band mate in Eve's Plum who worked on her solo debut.
Vitamin C made her first musical outing as the lead singer of the alternative rock band Eve's Plum, named after The Brady Bunch actress Eve Plumb. She formed the band with Michael Kotch in 1991, whom she met while studying at New York University. A year later the group got a record deal with Epic Records in 1992, releasing 2 albums and 7 singles between 1993 and 1995 before being dropped by their label for failing to achieve any mainstream success. The band continued to perform together until 1998. Immediately following the group's breakup, she took interest in a dance/pop musical solo project she dubbed "Vitamin C". She shopped demos she recorded for a while and eventually signed an album deal with Elektra Records in 1998.
Her debut solo album, Vitamin C, peaked on the Billboard 200 at number 29 and was certified both Gold and Platinum by the RIAA. The album's first single, "Smile", climbed to number 18 on the Hot 100 and was also certified Gold by the RIAA. The second single from her album "Me, Myself & I", failed to chart. However, the third single "Graduation (Friends Forever)" made a huge impact on the radio, peaking at #12 on the Top 40 Mainstream Chart and #38 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Graduation (Friends Forever)" peaked at #2 on the ARIA Charts, and was certified Platinum in Australia. The song is considered a landmark in graduation-themed songs and is still hugely popular amongst graduation parties and ceremonies. It has appeared on the iTunes Music Chart at the end of every school year since the chart's inception. In the summer of 2000, a DJ from the Republic of Ireland picked up a copy of the single while on holidays in New York. The song was subsequently one of the biggest hits in 2000 in the Republic of Ireland peaking at number 4 in the charts and still receives massive airplay each summer.
Her cover version of the Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons song "December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)" was used as a brand image theme by the American television network The WB in image spots, promos, and interstitials during the 1999-2000 television season. She also recorded a song she wrote called "Vacation", which became the opening theme to the short movie Pikachu's Vacation (Pokémon: The First Movie).
Like many artists before her, Vitamin C took advantage of the marketing opportunities available to a pop star, licensing everything from her own doll to a shade of lipstick matching her signature orange hair. She was also turned into a video game character for a baseball game. The Mattel Vitamin C doll was a hair activity doll that came with changeable hairstyle extensions available in orange and red, the doll also came with a microphone, platform shoes, and was approximately retailed at $16. The Vitamin C lipstick shade was made by Tommy Hilfiger. Both the doll and lipstick were available to the retail market in 2000. The 2001 video game featured Vitamin C as herself in animated form, playing baseball for the game EA Sports Triple Play. Her song "I Know What Boys Like," was used for the game. It was made by EA Sports.
In late 2000, Vitamin C released "The Itch", the first single from her second album More. Though the song got some popular dance/club airplay, it stalled on the Hot 100 at number 45. "The Itch" was a much bigger success in Australia for Vitamin C, where it charted at #6 on the ARIA Charts and was certified Platinum. The single was a minor hit in 2001 in Ireland. After her album More debuted at a disappointing #122 on the Billboard 200,Elektra Records released the second single "As Long As You're Loving Me" with almost no promotion. The song failed to chart in the US, thus the planned third single, "I Know What Boys Like", was scrapped and Vitamin C was dropped from Elektra Records.
LGBT lifestyle magazine So So Gay dubbed More the epitome of the electropop genre.
In the February 2001 issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, Vitamin C was voted as one of the "Fun and Fearless Females" of the year. She was honored by the magazine at a luncheon on January 29, 2001 in New York City. That same year Vitamin C was ranked #76 on the Maxim Hot 100 Women of 2001.
Vitamin C signed with V2 Records in 2001 and began recording her third album over the course of 2002 and 2003. The first single "Last Nite", was a cover version of the hit song by The Strokes and was released in July 2003. Although the single sampled Blondie's "Heart of Glass", it failed to chart in the US, as well as doing poorly in the United Kingdom by peaking at #70 on the UK Top 75. Her third album under the Vitamin C name was subsequently shelved and has yet to see the light of day, though fans hope it will leak. Promotional copies of the album were never made available.
In 2005, Vitamin C's cover of the 1980s hit "Voices Carry" by 'Til Tuesday was included on the soundtrack for the Disney superhero comedy movie Sky High.
In 2006, she assembled a Radio Disney-aimed group of four young teenagers named The Truth Squad. She allowed the group to cover "Graduation (Friends Forever)" and wrote a number of songs for their debut album as well as producing it. The album was released on April 3, 2007 and failed to spark much interest besides a brief appearance on the Top Kid Audio Chart where it peaked at #23 for two weeks, dropped to #25 the next week and by the third week had fallen off the chart completely. Despite this, the group's video for their single "Flip" had been heavily promoted on the Disney Channel.
In 2007 she also assembled and produced the girl group the Stunners. The group was signed to Columbia Records and later Universal Republic Records. In the span of four years they released an EP, two singles - one featuring hip-hop recording artists the New Boyz, and four music videos. The group split in early 2011. Of the former members emerged pop singer Tinashe (formally the lead singer in the group, who went solo when the group split), The Lying Game actress Allie Gonino, and Hayley Kiyoko, who went on to join the Disney-formed on-screen group Lemonade Mouth as "Stella".
Over the last three years, Vitamin C has been steadily recording two new albums for herself and trying to land herself an album deal with another record label. She hopes to have both albums out before the end of the year, but no official release dates or labels have been cited. Most recently, she contributed vocals on Information Society's latest album, Synthesizer (2007). Her song "Money" was used in the opening of the 2010 Lifetime television movie Who is Clark Rockefeller?.
In 1988, Vitamin C made her screen debut under her real name, Colleen Fitzpatrick, in the John Waters feature film Hairspray as Amber Von Tussle, the bratty on screen daughter of co-stars Debbie Harry and Sonny Bono. In 1991, she sang in a blues club in the comedy film The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear. She played the role of Lucy Westerman in the horror film Dracula 2000 with Gerard Butler playing the part of Dracula. She also starred as herself in the spoof film Da Hip Hop Witch with Eminem in 2000.
She had a cameo in the film Rock Star in 2001. In addition, in 2001 she appeared in the romantic comedy film Get Over It, with Kirsten Dunst and Sisqó. She made a brief comedic cameo appearance as herself (in voiceover) in the film Scary Movie 2. She also starred in the little-known movie "I Need You Now!" a movie in which she was a high school student who had a dream to become a rapper but ended up falling for someone in the pop industry. Her famous song Graduation was written for this movie originally a duet between her and her love at their graduation ceremony.
Her television appearances included playing a judge in the American Idol spoof The WB's Superstar USA. She also appeared in an episode of MTV's The Andy Dick Show and Celebrity Bootcamp, a celebrity game show. Vitamin C made cameos on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, The Brothers Garcia, The Amanda Show, and The Sausage Factory. She was one of three judges of Lifetime reality series Your Mama Don't Dance. In the 80's she appeared on The Equalizer. Also in the 80s, she appeared on SNL as an "Update Dancer" during Dennis Miller's news segment. The dancers would come out scantily clad and dance to a classic rock song.
In 2006, she starred in an indie TV sitcom called THE LEK that was released to the Internet through YouTube, though to date there have been only three episodes released.
MTV News interviewed Vitamin C where she revealed details on a comeback, with two new albums. She was about to finish work on a children's world-music album that would celebrate diversity through songs like the Indian-styled "Bhangra On and On" and "We All Share the Same Sky," and that she started work on a non-children's third Vitamin C album she described as "Goldfrapp-meets-Vitamin C," which she had hoped to have out by 2007. Regarding the album, she had stated "Just because you're not always on MTV doesn't mean you're not actively working," she said. Both albums have yet to be released.
In early 2007, she was interviewed by People Magazine and stated the albums will be out by the end of the year. In the June 11 issue, People Magazine had a special "Where Are They Now" article.
Vitamin C has written or co-written many songs for other artists. She wrote the song "We Are Gonna Happen" for actress/singer Emma Roberts featured on her 2005 Unfabulous and More CD. She co-wrote "Where Do We Go" with Scout Taylor-Compton in 2005. She wrote the single "Make Some Noise" for Krystal Meyers in 2008. In 2009, she wrote "Let's Get Crazy" for Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana. Miley sang the song in-character as Hannah Montana on Hannah Montana: The Movie and Hannah Montana (season 3). Vitamin C also wrote the song "One and the Same", a duet recorded by Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez for the Disney Channel Original Movie Princess Protection Program which was later included on the Disney Channel Playlist album.
On March 21, 2012, Nickelodeon named Vitamin C as VP of Music. She will oversee all music for Nickelodeon and its sister cable channels, as well as A&R and management of Nickelodeon artists.
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