Christina Aguilar is the daughter of Spanish-Filipino musician Tony Aguilar and Margaret, his French wife. Christina was born in Bangkok, Thailand. Aguilar has two siblings, Anthony and Theresa. Her father was one of her most important music influences, and she and her family would often sing together.
Aguilar studied at the French Institute, pursuing a bachelor in business management studies in France. She does not have Thai blood, but sometimes is mistaken for Thai because of her fair skin and ability to speak fluent Thai. In addition to Thai, Aguilar speaks French, English, and some Spanish. Aguilar first became known for her singing abilities while in France. During her college's annual party, Aguilar was asked by her friends to perform on stage. She chose to sing "Sweet Memory".
When she graduated, she was recruited by a French advertising agency. There, she worked as an assistant account executive. Afterwards, she returned to Thailand and briefly worked in a travel agency. The turning point in her career was when she met Rewat Bhuddhinan, then chief producer for GMM Grammy, who enticed her into the music industry.
Aguilar first appeared on radio in 1990. Her debut single "Ninja", taken from the album of the same name, became a hit among Thai listeners. It was followed by the release of some other pop dance singles, including "Plik Lock (พลิกล็อค)" and "Prawatsart (ประวัติศาสตร์)", and some ballads, like "Hua Jai Kor Ma (หัวใจขอมา)" and "Plao Rok Na (เปล่าหรอกนะ)". Aguilar broke records by being the first female artist who had a million-seller album in Thailand.
Arwut Lab (Secret Weapons) was released in 1992. The video of the album's lead single, "Jing Mai Klua (จริงไม่กลัว)", won MTV Asian Viewers Choice Award in Los Angeles, USA. It was the second music video by a Thai artist to win this award after Thongchai McIntyre. In the album's second video, "Wela Mai Chuai Arai (เวลาไม่ช่วยอะไร)", Aguilar costarred with an Chinese-American actor Michael Wong. The album has sold over a million copies, like its predecessor.
In 1994, Aguilar released her third album "Red Beat". With a faster beat and a modern and sexy appearance, it became her most successful album to date,containing two of her most successful singles. One is the dance single "Mai Yag Rok (ไม่อยากหรอก)" and the other is the love ballad "Rak Thur Thee Sood (รักเธอที่สุด)". This was the third time that an Aguilar album sold more than one million copies. The album eventually reached the mark of three million copies sold, being the only female album to do so in Thailand. This album also became the third biggest-selling album of all time in Thai music history, only behind two albums of Thongchai McIntyre.
A year later, she was one of five guests of Thailand's most successful singer, Thongchai McIntyre, in the album Khon Nok Gub Dok Mai (Feather and Flowers). She sang with Thongchai in Atsanee - Wasan' s Rak Thur Samur (รักเธอเสมอ). In the same year, with other five popular Thai artists at that time, Jetrin Wattanasin, Patipan Pataweekarn, Tata Young, UHT, and Myria Benedetti, she was included on the album 6-2-12. Both albums sold over a million copies.
Golden Eye was released three years later. She came back with a more grown up and mature image. She co-wrote a song named "Tai Pa Hom Oun (ใต้ผ้าห่มอุ่น)" for this album. The album spawned hits such as "Ya Mong Trong Nan (อย่ามองตรงนั้น)", "Fak Kwam Yin Dee (ฝากความยินดี)", "Mai Tong Khob Jai (ไม่ต้องขอบใจ)", "Tai Pa Hom Oun (ใต้ผ้าห่มอุ่น)" and the gay anthem "Pood Eek Thee (พูดอีกที)". Moreover, Golden Eye contains Thai-French lyrics in the song "Bai Mai (ใบไม้)", written by Aguilar. The album was still popular, although it was less successful than her previous efforts; it still sold, however, a million copies like its predecessors.
In 1999, Aguilar explored a younger and more colorful image with her fifth album 5th Avenue. It spawned the hit single "Oon Jai (อุ่นใจ)". It has been sold almost a million copies.
In the same year, Aguilar released her first English-language album. The album features Sarah Jane Fearnley (also known as Fearn), an English singer who sang backup for Spice Girls and on the soundtrack of the movie Evita. This album consists of re-arranged songs in English. However, it was not as successful overseas as her second studio album.
Her sixth album Dancing Queen was released in 2001. It was met with moderate reception. It was the first time Aguilar released a slow ballad as a lead single instead of uptempo one. However, "Kid Pid Kid Mai (คิดผิด คิดใหม่)", has managed to top several radio charts. Due to heavy piracy situation during that time, the album became her smallest-selling album since her debut, selling approximately 670,000 copies.
In 2003, Aguilar released her seventh album Paradise. The album contained Latin sound. It spawned three singles: "Sawan Yoo Thee Jai (สวรรค์อยู่ที่ใจ)", "Hong Derm (ห้องเดิม)", and "Yak Fung Kum Nun Talod Pai (อยากฟังคำนั้นตลอดไป)". Paradise received well receptions, being sold over 760,000 copies. Four years later, Aguilar released her eighth album C.Space, featuring singles "Koh Khoom Laew", "An Everlasting Love", and "Wang Meed Dai Rue Yung". This was during an important change in Thai music industry when no cassette was released anymore.
Aguilar has not released any studio albums since C.Space. She mainly focused in live performances and concerts. In late 2008, Christina started working on a project, Mai - Tina: Beauty on the Beat, collaborating with Mai Charoenpura. The new single "Burn" was produced and the concert was due on June 6, 2009. In 2010, Aguilar performed with various artists, including Tata Young, Mai Charoenpura, Marsha, Jetrin Wattanasin, and Dan, on a special project called "This is It, the Concert", a tribute to Michael Jackson, after his death in 2009. It took place on February 21 and 22, 2010 at the Impact Arena in Bangkok.
Aguilar celebrated her 20th career anniversary on December 21, 2010. She held celebratory concerts on June 4 and 5, 2011 at the Royal Paragon Halls. Later, she has performed in several recurrent concerts of her previous species projects, including 6.2.13 and Kon Nok Kab Dok Mai: The Original Return. Moreover, she participated in many contributory concerts, special events and music festivals.
On May 21 and 22 2016, Aguilar performed in Christina Kingdom Concert as her 25th anniversary.
2016 "Million Albums Concert" (คอนเสิร์ตล้านตลับ) - Aguilar performed with various artists, including Tata Young, Mai Charoenpura, Myria Benedetti, Beau Sunita, and Nicole Theriault October 7-9, 2016 at Royal Paragon Hall. (3 rounds)
Studio Albums1990: Ninja
1992: Arwut Lub (Secret Weapons)
1994: Red Beat
1997: Golden Eye
1999: 5th Avenue
2001: Dancing Queen
Compilation, Remix and cover Albums1991: Mai & Christina: The Greatest Hits
1994: 2 Emotions: The Greatest Hits
1995: Christina Collection (Japan only)
1997: Christina Remix
1997: Global Nite Life
1998: Christina Big Hit Big Story
2000: GRAMMY Superstars Project: Christina
2001: THE BEST Selected MOVE & LOVE
2004: Real Christina
2006: Charming Christina
2006: Body Beat
2009: Mai & Christina: Beauty Up Beat & Soft Beat
Special Albums1993: Son (10 years anniversary of GMM Gramy) (Collaboration album)
1995: Khon Nok Gub Dok Mai (Feather and Flowers) (Featured)
1995: 6-2-12 (Collaboration album)
1996: Prik Khee Noo Gub Moo Ham (Chilli and Ham) Soundtrack (Soundtrack)
1999: X'TRACK Vol.3 (Soundtrack)
2000: Christina & Fern (English)
2009: Mai & Tina Beauty on the beat