At age 14, began performing career as a singer at a restaurant in Venice, California
Wrote first hit single, "Solitaire", recorded by Laura Branigan
Contributed first song to a motion picture, "Hot Night" included on the soundtrack to "Ghostbusters II"
Received a Golden Globe Award nomination for the song "Rhythm of the Night" from the feature "The Last Dragon"
Founded Realsongs, a publishing company to handle the rights to her songs
Was nominated for Best Original Song Oscar for "Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now" from "Mannequin"
Wrote the theme song to the James Bond film "Licence to Kill"
Got second Oscar nomination for Best Song for "Because You Loved Me", the love theme from "Up Close and Personal"
Toni Braxton's recording of her pop song "Unbreak My Heart" was a Number One Hit
Earned third Academy Award nomination for the country-flavored song "How Do I Live" used in the film "Con Air"; song was recorded by both Lee Ann Rimes and Trisha Yearwood
Penned the theme to "Music of My Heart"; picked up a Best Original Song Academy Award nomination
Had four songs featured on the soundtrack of "Coyote Ugly"
Wrote the song "I Don't Know How I Got By" for the film "The Family Man"
Received star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January 31)
Contributed the love theme ("There You'll Be") to "Pearl Harbor"; netted sixth Oscar nomination
With James Newton Howard, co-wrote songs for Disney's animated "Atlantis: The Lost Empire"; when film was released, however, only one of the songs "Where the Dream Takes You," was included
Contributed three songs to Carrie Underwood's first album, "Some Hearts"
Partnered with Avon to be a celebrity judge for Avon Voices, an online singer talent search and songwriting competition with a focus on women's voices and writing
Wrote the song "Counterfeit," featured on Tulisa's debut album
Wrote the song "Grateful" for the film "Beyond the Lights," performed by Rita Ora and nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards
Wrote the song "Only Love Can Hurt," performed by Paloma Faith
Co-wrote, with Lady Gaga, the hit song "Til It Happens to You," featured in the documentary "The Hunting Ground," which won the Emmy for Best Original Music and Lyrics and was nominated for both an Oscar and a Grammy, along with many other awards