Teen pop star who became a Broadway actress and composer.
She wrote her first composition at the age of five.
She was the youngest artist to write, produce, and perform a #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with her song, Foolish Beat.
She grew up in a musical family, and her sisters and cousin joined her in performing community theater as children.
She shared the Songwriter of the Year award in 1989 with Bruce Springsteen.