Nelly Furtado

Nelly Furtado Biography,Overview, Age,Education, Marriage, Family,Career ,AWARDS

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)

Compilation albums:
1. The Best Of Nelly Furtado (2010)

Remix albums:
1. Mi Plan Remixes (2010)


  • 7Albums
  • 64Singles & EPs
  • 10Compilations
  • 4Videos
  • 13Miscellaneous
  • 1748Appearances

  • 86Albums
  • 50Singles & EPs
  • 1383Compilations
  • 154Mixes
  • 57Videos
  • 18Miscellaneous
  • 53Unofficial

  • 7Albums
  • 19Singles & EPs
  • 27Compilations
  • 527Credits

  • 1Remix
  • 72Vocals
  • 20Instruments & Performance
  • 219Writing & Arrangement
  • 180Featuring & Presenting
  • 30Production
  • 4Technical
  • 1Visual

Nelly Furtado lyrics

Album: “Whoa Nelly!” (2000)
Hey, Man
…On The Radio (Remember The Days)
Baby Girl
I’m Like A Bird
Turn Off The Light
Trynna Finda Way
Well, Well
My Love Grows Deeper Part 1
I Will Make U Cry
Scared Of You

Onde Estás

(International Edition Bonus Track)

I Feel You

(UK Bonus Track)

My Love Grows Deeper (Single Version)

(UK Bonus Track)
Album: “Folklore” (2003)
One-Trick Pony
Powerless (Say What You Want)
Fresh Off The Boat
Picture Perfect
The Grass Is Green
Build You Up
Island Of Wonder
Childhood Dreams
Album: “Loose” (2006)
No Hay Igual
Te Busqué
Say It Right
Do It
In God’s Hands
Wait For You
All Good Things (Come To An End)

Let My Hair Down

(Bonus Track)

Somebody To Love

(Bonus Track)

Lo Bueno Siempre Tiene Un Final

(Spanish Special Edition Bonus Track)

En Las Manos De Dios

(Spanish Special Edition Bonus Track)


(Spanish Special Edition Bonus Track)

No Hay Igual

(Spanish Special Edition Bonus Track)
Album: “Mi Plan” (2009)
Manos Al Aire
Mi Plan
Bajo Otra Luz
Suficiente Tiempo
Como Lluvia
Feliz Cumpleaños


(Hidden Track)
Album: “The Spirit Indestructible” (2012)
The Spirit Indestructible
Big Hoops (Bigger The Better)
High Life
Parking Lot
Bucket List
The Most Beautiful Thing
Waiting For The Night

Hold Up

(Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)

End Of The World

(Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)

Don’t Leave Me

(Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)

Be Ok

(Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)


(Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)


(German Bonus Track)


(iTunes Bonus Track)
Album: “The Ride” (2017)
Cold Hard Truth
Carnival Games
Paris Sun
Sticks And Stones
Pipe Dreams
Tap Dancing
Right Road

Islands Of Me

(Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)


(Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)

Behind Your Back

(Deluxe Edition Bonus Track)
other songs:
Crocodile Rock
Donde Estas
Feel So Close
Girlfriend In The City
(From “The Best of Nelly Furtado” album)
Night Is Young
(from “The Best of Nelly Furtado” album)
No Regrets

Quando, Quando, Quando

(from “The Best of Nelly Furtado” album)
Red Balloons


(from “The Best of Nelly Furtado” album)
Sticks & Stones (Mojito Remix)

What I Wanted

(from “Say It Right” single)
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