Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman
Date of Birth:
December 10, 1985
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S
Actress, Singer-Songwriter, Dancer, Television Producer and Fashion Designer
Early Life EditRaven-Symoné was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Lydia (nee Gaulden) and Christopher B. Pearman. Raven-Symoné lived in Ossing, New York where she attended Park School.As an infant, she worked for Atlanta's Young Faces Inc. Modeling Agency and was featured in local print advertisements. At age two, she worked with Ford Models in New York City and appeared in ads for Ritz crackers, Jell-O, Fisher-Price, and Cool Whip. At age three, she auditioned for the film Ghost Dad. She was considered too young for the role, but was recommended for a part on The Cosby Show and was eventually cast as Olivia in September 1989. The character was the three-year-old stepdaughter of Denise Huxtable (Lisa Bonet), the main character's daughter. Raven-Symoné played the part until the series ended in 1992. In Fall 1993, Raven-Symoné joined the cast of ABC's sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooperas Nicole, the cousin of Mark Curry's character Mark Cooper. Raven-Symoné went on to have roles in films such as 1998's Dr.Dolittle, 1999's Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, and 2001's Dr. Dolittle 2
1989 - 2002: Early Roles EditWhen she was just two, she was signed by the Ford Modeling Agency to help advance her career. In 1989, Raven-Symoné auditioned for a part in the Bill Cosby movie, Ghost Dad. She was too young for the role, but Bill Cosby liked her so much that he found a part for her on his show, The Cosby Show, as his granddaughter Olivia. Raven-Symoné played the part of Olivia until 1992. She also appeared as the younger version of Halle Berry's title role as a headstrong biracial slave in the acclaimed TV adaptation of Queen: The Story of an American Family, based on the book by Alex Haley. Within a year after The Cosby Show ended, she landed the role of Nicole Lee on the show Hangin' with Mr.Cooper. During her time on the show, she managed to land her first big screen role in the movie The Little Rascals, playing Stymie's girlfriend. She was then cast in the Eddie Murphycomedy Dr. Dolittle and Dr. Dolittle 2 as Charisse Dolittle playing Eddie Murphy's oldest daughter.
2002 - 2007: That's So Raven and The Cheetah Girls Edit
In 2002, Raven-Symoné auditioned for a role on an up-and-coming series for the Disney Channeltitled Absolutely Psychic, about a teenager with psychic abilities. Initially, Raven-Symoné was cast as the role of the best friend. But after being reviewed, Disney executives decided to cast her as the lead character Raven Baxter and change the series name to That's So Raven, which débuted on January 17, 2003. It is Disney Channel's highest-rated and longest-running series. It spawned Disney's most successful franchise, including soundtracks, dolls, episode DVDs, and video games. During her time on the show, Raven-Symoné provided the voice of Danielle in Fat Albert and made an appearance in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement both in 2004. In 2005 and 2007, That's So Raven was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Children's Program. The show also was the first show in Disney history to have a spin-off, Cory in the House. Raven-Symoné guest-starred on an episode of Cory in the House; that episode brought in 5 million viewers, making it the highest rated one of the series.
In 2003, Raven-Symoné starred as lead singer Galleria Garibaldi in The Cheetah Girls, a Disney Channel Original Movie about four city girls who dream of becoming superstars. The movie was Disney Channel's first musical and spawned a massive franchise, much like That's So Raven, including dolls, video games, platinum-selling soundtracks and more.In 2006, Raven-Symoné reprised her role as Galleria Garibaldi and starred in The Cheetah Girls 2. The film and its soundtrack were huge commercial hits and brought in more than 8 million viewers opening night, making it (at the time) Disney Channel's most-watched movie. Its soundtrack also débuted at number five, on the Billboard Top 200 and went on to become certified for platinum-level sales by the RIAA. Raven-Symoné also served as executive producer of the film.The Cheetah Girls: One World began production, but Raven-Symoné did not return to reprise her role as Galleria, allegedly due to problems with the other Cheetah Girls on the set of Cheetah Girls 2. According to an interview in June 2006, she stated that there were "territorial issues" and "catfights", which led to a strained friendship with the other three girls.In a later interview, Adrienne Bailon, Sabrina Bryan and Kiely Williams denied the rumors, saying they all get along well.
2008 - Present: New Projects Edit
During summer 2007, Raven-Symoné began filming her first lead film role in College Road Trip, which co-starred Martin Lawrence. In 2008, College Road Trip opened in at #2 in the Box Office, grossing $13,601,419 in its opening weekend. The franchise went on to gross $50,873,923 worldwide.
As part as the Tinker Bellfranchise, Raven-Symoné will also be reprising her role as Iridessa in 2009's Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure and 2010's Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue.
Raven-Symoné also is starring in Chris Rock's documentary Good Hairwhich opened October 2009. She appeared on the Tyra Show to promote the movie on October 8.
1990 - 1999: Career Development Edit
Raven-Symoné began her career when her father had her signed to MCA Records in 1990, age five. She spent that year and the next taking vocal lessons from Melissa Elliott. She then began recording her album and, Here's to New Dreams, was released on June 22, 1993. It spawned two commercially released singles: "That's What Little Girls Are Made Of" and "Raven Is The Falvor". "That's What Little Girls Are Made Of" was Raven-Symoné's most successful single, reaching number sixty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100. The album itself however was not very successful, and she was dropped from MCA Records. She spent a year away from music, before looking for a new label.In 1996, Raven-Symoné was signed to Crash Records, and the next year she and her father founded RayBlaize Records. RayBlaize then began recording Raven's sophomore album, which was to be distributed by Crash. Undeniable was released on May 4, 1999. The album only spawned one single With a Child's Heart, a remake of a classic Michael Jacksontune. Although her first album was full of kid-rap, she used this album to display her vocal ability while still holding true to her rap roots.
2002 - 2005: First Commercial Success Edit
Raven-Symoné sang some songs on the That's So Raven soundtrack album to the Disney Channel original series of the same name. The album debuted and peaked at #44 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified Gold by the RIAA for sales of 500,000 copies.
In early 2003, she signed a deal with Hollywood Records, a Disney owned label. In January 1, 2004, prior to the release of her first album on Hollywood, she released a five-song EP, This Is My Time Advance EP to promote the album. On September 21, 2004, she released her third album This Is My Time. The album spawned one commercially released single, "Backflip", which received heavy rotation on both Disney Channel, as well on BET and MTV. The album debuted and peaked at number fifty-one on the Billboard 200 selling 19,000 copies in its first week of release and becoming her most successful album. This Is My Time has sold 235,000 copies in the U.S. and 1,235,000 copies worldwide.
In 2005 Raven-Symoné embarked on a mini-concert tour to promote the album. She made guest spots during summer 2005.To promote her second album, "Undeniable" was bought by TMG Records, who re-released it as, "From Then Until..." in November 2006. She then launched the "This Is My Time Tour", and she also sang some tracks on the That's So Raven Too!, which is the second soundtrack album from the series, That's So Raven, also released in 2006. The soundtrack debuted and peaked at #44, on the Billboard 200, selling 22,600 copies in its first week.Since then, the soundtrack has sold 200,000 copies (as of 2007). During the tour for the album, Raven-Symoné recorded the show on DVD format on June 25, 2006 in the show house Coliseo Roberto Clemente in Puerto Rico, and additional recordings on July 22, 2006 in Los Angeles, in High Definition.
2007 - 2009: Raven Symone EditRaven-Symoné's fourth studio album Raven-Symone was released on April 29, 2008.The album features production by Sean Garrett(Beyonce), The J.A.M. (Leona Lewis), Knightwritaz , and The Clutch (Timbaland, Ciara). The first and only single released was "Double Dutch Bus" a remake of Frankie Smith's 1981 funk track. The single was released to radio on February 9, while the video was released on February 18, 2008. The album debuted at #159 on Billboards Top 200. Raven-Symoné also planned on headlining her first all arena tour The Pajama Party Tour in Spring 2008, to promote her album but due to what promoters call "unforeseen difficulties" the tour was postponed until further notice.
Also, during the Summer of 2008, Raven-Symoné was the special host of Disney's Block Party Tour. During the middle of Raven-Symoné's 2008 Summer tour, it was officially announced that Raven-Symoné and Hollywood Records had parted ways; after Raven-Symoné had completed her 2 CD deal with the company, she decided not to renew her contract.
2009 - Present Edit
In a recent interview with Teenmag.com Raven-Symoné announced that in late 2009, she would return to the studio to record her next album. She also stated that this would be her most mature album yet. This will be Raven-Symoné's first studio album that she's released since she has left Disney's Hollywood Records. Symoné said that the album will be "R&B, most definitely.....with an alternative base for the lyrics". Symone said the following about who she would like to collaborate with: "It's good to go out there and spread your wings and find new talent and work with people you haven't worked with before. I'd love to find the next Pharrell or the next someone who's coming up and no one really knows yet, At the same time, I'd love to work with the Clutch and the J.A.M. again".
Musical Style, Records and Sellers EditRaven-Symoné's music is predominantly R&B and Hip Hop and has included ballads and pop. She co-wrote several songs on her third studio album This Is My Time and Soundtrack That's So Raven Too!. Her musical influences include Janet Jackson, Brandy, Madonna. Raven-Symoné has her third contract with a major label, MCA Records - the first and only youngest artist who signed with MCA, and Hollywood Records. She has sold more than 6 million records worldwide and is the fourth Disney Channel artist to achieve best-selling albums during the 2000s.
|1994||The Little Rascals||Stymie's Girlfriend|
|1998||Dr. Dolittle||Charisse Dolittle|
|2001||Dr. Dolittle 2||Charisse Dolittle|
|2003||Kim Possible: A Stich in Time||Monique||Voice|
|2004||The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement||Princess Asana|
|2005||Kim Possible: So the Drama||Monique||Voice|
|2006||Everyone's Hero||Marti Brewster||Voice|
|For One Night||Briana McCallister|
|2008||College Road Trip||Melanie Porter|
|2009||Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure||Voice|
|Good Hair||Herself||Poop19:13, July 18, 2011 (UTC)Birddogshir|
|2010||Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue||Iridessa||In production|
|2011||Tinker Bell: A Winter Story||Iridessa||In production|
|1999||Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century||Nebula Wade||Disney Channel|
|2003||The Cheetah Girls||Galleria Garibaldi||Disney Channel|
|2004||Zenon: Z3||Nebula Wade||Disney Channel|
|2006||For One Night||
|The Cheetah Girls 2||Galleria Garibaldi||Disney Channel|
|1989—1992||The Cosby Show||Olivia Kendall||Seasons 6–8|
|1993—1997||Hangin' with Mr. Cooper||Nicole Lee||Seasons 2–5|
|2002—2007||Kim Possible||Monique||Voice / Recurring role|
|2003—2007||That's So Raven||Raven Baxter||Main Character|
|Television guest appearances|
|1989||A Different World||Olivia Kendall||"Forever Hold Your Peace" (episode 5, season 3)|
|1990||Muppets at Walt Disney World||Young girl||Television special|
|1992||Fresh Prince of Bel-Air||Claudia||"Vying for Attention" (episode 21, season 2)|
|Queen: The Story of an American Family||5-year-old Queen||uncredited|
|1995||Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Olivia/Zoe (voice)||"The Princess and the Pauper"|
|Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child||Goldilocks (voice)||"Goldilocks and the Three Bears"|
|1996||Nye the Science Bill||Herself||"Human Transportation" (episode 56, season 3)|
|1997||Space Ghost Coast to Coast||Herself||"Piledriver" (episode 51)|
|2001||My Wife and Kids||Charmaine||
|The Proud Family||Stephanie (voice)||"Seven Days of Kwanzaa" (episode 11, season 1)|
|2002||The Weakest Link||Herself (contestant)||"NBC All-Stars Editon", Fifth one voted off|
|2004||Fillmore!||Maryanne Greene (voice)Alexandria Quarry (voice)||
|2005||Higglytown Heroes||Playground Monitor Hero (voice)||
|50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up||Herself||Listed as cutest child star, #17|
|2006||The Suite Life of Zack and Cody||Raven Baxter||"That's So Suite Life of Hannah Montana" (episode 20, season 2)|
|Good Morning America||Herself||Performing "The Party's Just Begun" with The Cheetah Girls|
|2007||Cory in the House||Raven Baxter||Guest star in "That's So in the House" episode|
|Live with Regis and Kelly||Herself||Performing "Friends"with Anneliese Van Der Pol|
|2008||WrestleMania XXIV||Herself||Guest announcer|
|American Dad!||KatieWife||"Office Spaceman" (Episode 14, Season 3)"Stanny Slickers II" (Episode 15, Season 3)|
|Celebrity Family Feud||Herself||Was the team captain of Team Symoné and competed alongside her mother, brother and her on-screen mother and father from That's So Raven.|
|Chelseas Lately||Herself||Talk Show Guest|
|The Ellen DeGenerers Show||Herself||Talk Show Guest|
|The Bonnie Hunt Show||Herself||Talk Show Guest|
|2009||The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet||Herself||Talk Show Guest|
|Progressive Skating and Gymnastics Spectacular||Herself||Performing "What Are You Gonna Do?", "In Your Skin", "Keep a Friend", "Some Call It Magic"|
|An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Patti LaBelle||Herself||Talk Show Guest|
|The Today Show||Herself||Talk Show Guest|
|The Tyra Show||Herself||Talk Show Guest|