Kaci Battaglia (known by her stage name Kaci) (born Kaci Lyn Battaglia on October 3, 1987 in Clearwater, Florida) is a former female pop singer\songwriter from the 2000s.
As a child, Kaci began singing when she was 3 years old, often performing at her father’s karaoke club. By the time she was 8 years old, she was performing throughout Florida at concerts and sports events.
When she was 11 years old, Kaci independently released the album “A Thousand Stars” which was produced by her mother, Donna. A portion of the proceeds from the album went to help a housing project for the less fortunate.
She later caught the attention of record producer Joel Diamond after Kaci’s mother called & asked him to audition Kaci and Diamond put up his own money to record her. After Diamond was turned down by over 20 record labels with the demo “Paradise”, Mike Curb (the founder of Curb Records) heard the demo, he told Diamond that he wanted to sign Kaci to the label.
In 2001, Kaci released her debut single “Paradise” (which is a cover version of the theme song to the 1982 film “Paradise” which actress Phoebe Cates sang). The song peaked at #11 on the U.K. Singles chart. In January of 2002, the music video for “Paradise” was played for the audience at the ESPN Super Bowl Halftime Show.
During that same year, she released her second single “Tu Amor” which peaked at #24 on the U.K. Singles chart.
Kaci’s third single, a cover version of The Partridge Family’s song “I Think I Love You” peaked at #10 in the United Kingdom, making it her only top 10 hit in that country. Another song from the album “Intervention Divine” was released promotionally, but it’s unknown how or if it made much impact it made on the charts.
After the release of the single, Kaci began touring with boy band O-Town where she was the opening act during some of their stops in the U.K. and the United States.
In June of 2001, Kaci released her debut album “Paradise” which debuted at #47 on the UK Albums chart. The album was released in the United States under the name “I’m Not Anybody’s Girl” in 2002.
Kaci’s next single “I’m Not Anybody’s Girl” peaked at #55 on the U.K. Singles chart. The song was also featured on the soundtrack to the film “View from the Top.” In January of 2003, Kaci performed the song at the Capital One Bowl Halftime Show to critical acclaim.
In order to help promote her debut album, Pepsi sponsored a tour for Kaci where she delivered free concert performances in major shopping malls throughout the United States, spanning 10 states during the summer of 2002.
After the promotion for her debut album ended, Kaci stated that she would be working on a follow-up album which was slated to be released in 2004, but at the beginning of 2004, she announced that she would be taking an unspecified amount off.
During her time off, Kaci focused on her personal life along with modelling and working as a kickboxing instructor. In 2005, her song “I Will Learn to Love Again” was featured on the soundtrack to the film “The Perfect Man.”
In 2007, Kaci released a single called “Can’t Help Myself” which was released promotionally to dance music radio stations.
The single gained minor success and after that, Kaci announced that she would be returning to the recording studio to work on a new single, but at the time, word about her next album wasn’t confirmed. She also wrote songs for singers Kimberley Locke and Lucy Hale.
In May of 2009, Kaci released the single “Crazy Possessive” which topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Songs chart for a week in August of 2009. The song received criticism for sounding similar to Britney Spears’ 2008 song “Womanizer.”
In 2010, Kaci released another single “Body Shots” (featuring rapper Ludacris) which also topped Billboard’s Hot Dance Music\Club Songs chart for a week in October of that same year.
In September of 2010, Kaci released her sophomore album “Bring It On” which was only released digitally. The album failed to make any impact on the charts at all.
In October of 2013, Kaci left Curb Records & retired from the music industry. These days, she is currently working on getting a degree in Computer Engineering.
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