Active : 1990s - 2010s
Born: December 2, 1978, in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Genre: Pop/Rock
Styles: PopAdult Alternative Pop/RockAlternative Singer/SongwriterAlternative/ Indie RockContemporary Singer/SongwriterAlternative Pop/Rock
Nelly Furtado Biography
Nelly Furtado was born in Victoria, British Columbia on December 2, 1978, to proud Portuguese parents who named her Nellie Kim Furtado after the Russian gymnast Nellie Kim. Her strong Portuguese cultural background, her interest in different cultures, and her experimentation with different instruments bring a wide variety of sounds to her music.
As a child, Nellie began performing and singing in Portuguese and sang a duet with her mother at church on Portugal Day. She began playing the trombone and ukulele at the age of nine and later master the guitar and keyboards. When Nellie was 12, she began writing her own songs and as a teenager play in a Portuguese marching band.
During her teenage years, she loves to listen to R & B, hip hop, trip-hop, Portuguese fado, Brazilian bossa nova, and Indian music. Nellie claims that she gets her strong work ethics from her parents as she spent eight summers working as a chambermaid with her mother.
After grade 11, Nellie spent the summer in Toronto and the first musicians she interacts with were rappers and DJs. During her visit, she met Tallis Newkirk, a member of the hip hop group Plains of Fascination and Nellie contribute vocals to their album “Join the Ranks”.
When Nellie graduates from Mount Douglas Secondary School, she returns to Toronto and forms Nelstar, a trio hop with Newkirk. Eventually, Nellie felt this style of music did not represent her personality needed to allow her to showcase her vocal ability. She left the group and decide to move back to Victoria. Before going home, she performs at the 1997 Honey Jam, an all-female urban talent show.
Nelly Furtado’s performance attracts the interest of The Philosopher Kings’ singer Gerald Eaton, who approaches her to write with him. Eaton and fellow Kings’ member, Brian West, help Nellie to produce her first demo. The trio record material that led to her 1999 record deal with Dreamworks Records.
They work together on her debut album, “Whoa Nellie”, which was released in October 2000. This album was an international success and receive four Grammy Nominations in 2002. Her debut single, “I’m Like a Bird”, won her a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal. In 2007.
Nellie host and perform at the 2007 Juno Awards in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. At this event, Nellie won all five awards for which she was nominated. Her album “Loose” was a great success. Nellie has also had a taste of acting as well.
When she was young, she acts in many school plays. As an adult, she made guest appearances in an episode of CSI: New York and the daytime soap opera, One Life to Live. Nellie’s continuing experimentation with different instruments, sounds, genres, languages, and vocal styles will more than likely increase and maintain her fame and success in the industry.
Studio Albums 1. Whoa, Nelly! (2000) 2. Folklore (2003) 3. Loose (2006) 4. Mi Plan (2009) 5. The Spirit Indestructible (2012) 6. The Ride (2017)
1. The Best Of Nelly Furtado (2010)
1. Mi Plan Remixes (2010)
- 64Singles & EPs
- 50Singles & EPs
- 19Singles & EPs
- 20Instruments & Performance
- 219Writing & Arrangement
- 180Featuring & Presenting
Top 5 songs
- Promiscuous Girl (Remix) (Feat. Rick Ross)
- Turn Off The Lights (Timberland Remix)
- Maneater (Feat. Lil Wayne) (Remix)
- Promiscuous Girl
I Feel You
My Love Grows Deeper (Single Version)
Let My Hair Down
Somebody To Love
Lo Bueno Siempre Tiene Un Final
En Las Manos De Dios
No Hay Igual
End Of The World
Don’t Leave Me
Islands Of Me
Behind Your Back
Quando, Quando, Quando
What I Wanted