Vitamin C (born Colleen Ann Fitzpatrick on July 20, 1969 in Old Bridge, New Jersey) is a female pop singer\songwriter, record producer, dancer and actress that began her solo career during the late ’90s\early 2000s.
During her high school years, Vitamin C danced professionally in various TV ads and starred in her high school musical. In 1988, she made her big screen debut as an actress in the film “Hairspray” under her birth name, portraying the role of Amber Von Tussle.
After graduating from high school, she attended New York University and graduated in 1991. During that same year, Vitamin C formed the alternative rock band, Eve’s Plumb with her future husband, Michael Kotch. After releasing 2 albums and 7 singles, the band disbanded in 1998.
After that, Vitamin C began pursuing her solo career, shopping demos around that she recorded and later signed a record deal with Elektra Records.
In June of 1999, she released her debut single “Smile” (featuring reggae artist Lady Saw) which became a hit, peaking at #18 on the Billboard Hot 100, #21 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart and #24 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The song became Vitamin C’s highest chart appearance on the Hot 100 to date and was also certified Gold by the RIAA for sales in excess of 500,000.
During that same year, her song “Vacation” was featured in the short movie to the “Pokemon: The First Movie” film called “Pikachu’s Vacation.” Her cover version of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons’ song “December 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” was used during promotions for the WB network.
In August of 1999, Vitamin C released her self-titled debut album which peaked at #29 on the Billboard 200 and #3 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart.
The follow-up single “Me, Myself & I” failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100, but managed to peak at #20 on Billboard’s Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart, #27 on Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles Sales chart and #36 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart.
In April of 2000, the last single from the album “Graduation (Friends Forever)” peaked at #38 on the Billboard Hot 100, #12 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart, #23 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #22 on Billboard’s Top 40 Tracks chart. The song is well-known for being played during elementary, middle & high school graduations.
During 2000 and 2001, Vitamin C appeared in films such as “Dracula 2000,” “Da Hip Hop Witch,” “Rock Star” and “Get Over It.”
Also during that time, Vitamin C took advantage of marketing opportunities that were available to her such as having her own doll made by Mattel and her own shade of lipstick by Tommy Hilfiger.
In November of 2000, she released the lead single for her upcoming album “The Itch” which peaked at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #26 on Billboard’s Top 40 Mainstream chart. It also managed to chart in Canada, New Zealand and Australia.
In January of 2001, she released her sophomore album “More” which peaked at #122 on the Billboard 200.
The follow-up single from the album “As Long As You’re Loving Me” failed to chart at all in the United States, but managed to chart in New Zealand.
The third single from the album was supposed to be a cover version of the Waitresses’ hit song “I Know What Boys Like”, but it ended being scrapped & Vitamin C was dropped from Elektra Records.
During that same year, Vitamin C signed a record deal with V2 Records and started recording her third album between 2002 and 2003.
In 2003, she released a cover version of the Strokes’ song “Last Nite” which didn’t chart in the United States, but managed to chart in the United Kingdom, where it peaked at #70 on the U.K. Singles chart.
After that, it appears as if Vitamin C’s third album has been shelved and as of 2016, it has never been released, not even promotionally.
In 2004, Vitamin C married her husband, Michael Kotch (who played in Eve’s Plumb with her). A year later, she appeared on the soundtrack to the Disney film “Sky High” with a cover version of ‘Til Tuesday’s hit song “Voices Carry.”
In 2006, she formed a teen pop\hip-hop music group called the Truth Squad (later called T-Squad) where their music received airplay on Radio Disney. The group would later disband by 2008.
In 2007, Vitamin C formed a girl group called The Stunners (which featured R&B singer Tinashe & actresses Hayley Kiyoko and Allie Gonino). After releasing an EP, two singles, four music videos and opening up for Justin Bieber in concert, the group disbanded in early 2011.
During 2007, she provided vocals on Information Society’s album “Synthesizer” and her song “Money” was featured in the opening scene of the 2010 Lifetime network TV movie “Who is Clark Rockefeller?”
As a songwriter, she wrote and co-wrote songs for artists such as Emma Roberts, Miley Cyrus (as Hannah Montana), Krystal Meyers, Scout Taylor-Compton and even wrote the song “One and the Same” for Demi Lovato & Selena Gomez which was featured in the Disney Channel film “Princess Protection Program.”
In an interview with MTV, Vitamin C revealed details about releasing two albums (one of them being a children’s world-music album), but they have yet to be released & it’s unknown if she is still working on the projects.
On March 21, 2012, Nickelodeon named Vitamin C the Vice-President of Music where she will oversee all of the music for the Nickelodeon network & its sister cable channels along with being the A&R and management of Nickelodeon artists.
To see the music video for “Smile,” go to:
To see the music video for “Me, Myself & I,” go to:
To see the music video for “Graduation (Friends Forever),” go to:
To see the music video for “The Itch,” go to:
To see the music video for “As Long As You’re Loving Me,” go to:
To see the music video for “Last Nite,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Voices Carry,” go to:
To see a fan-made video for “Money,” go to: