Although she never reached the commercial heights of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, Mandy Moore proved to be one of the more resilient members of the late-'90s teen pop explosion. Making her studio debut at the age of 15, Moore's debut album, So Real, arrived in December 1999, just several months after the multi-platinum releases of Britney Spears' ...Baby One More Time and Christina Aguilera's self-titled debut. The album spawned a Top 40 hit with "Candy" and went platinum within three months. In May 2000, her label followed with I Wanna Be with You, a retooled version of Moore's debut with remixed tracks. She widened her range at an early age with a confident performance in A Walk to Remember and, beginning with the 2003 album Coverage, prizing mature songcraft above commercial dance-pop. As the 2000s progressed and numerous teen idols struggled with the transition into adulthood, Moore smoothly evolved from adolescent starlet to mature songwriter, continuing to distance herself from the scene that had launched her career one decade prior.