- Appeared on Star Search at the age of 9.
- Sang the national anthem at age 10 before games for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Penguins and Pirates.
- Was a member of the talent-heavy cast of Disney's The New Mickey Mouse Club, which produced the likes of pop superstars Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake, and actors Keri Russell and Ryan Gosling.
- Is half-Ecuadorian and released a Spanish-language album, Mi Reflejo, although she is not fluent in Spanish; she learned the lyrics phonetically.
- Cowrote American Idol Kelly Clarkson's hit single "Miss Independent."
- Was named by Rolling Stone as one of the 100 greatest singers of all time.
- Made her film debut in the 2010 film Burlesque and wrote several songs for the soundtrack.