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Nelly Furtado

Nelly Kim Furtado (born in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada on December 2, 1978) is a singer, songwriter, record producer, and instrumentalist. Daughter of Portuguese parents, she also holds Portuguese citizenship.

Furtado came to fame in 2000 with the release of her debut album Whoa, Nelly!, which featured her breakthrough Grammy Award-winning single I’m Like a Bird. After becoming a mother and releasing the less commercially successful Folklore in 2003, she returned to prominence in 2006 with the release of Loose and its hit singles Promiscuous, Maneater, Say It Right, All Good Things (Come to an End) and No Hay Igual.

Furtado is known for experimenting with different instruments, sounds, genres, languages, and vocal styles. This diversity has been influenced by her wide-ranging musical taste and her interest in different cultures.

Also, in 2009 Furtado launched her own music label Nelstar Music and will introduce Toronto-based electro-dance band Fritz Helder & The Phantoms as the first act signed to the company.Furtado also says she wants to go on a new tour in the UK, and bringing out a new album.

At the Honey Jam 1997, Furtado performed and Gerald Eaton was impressed with her performance and asked her to write music with him.
Furtado formed Nelstar in 1997 with Newkirk.
In eleventh grade, Furtado met Plains of Fascination and recorded her vocals to their 1996 album Join the Ranks on the track Waitin' 4 the Streets.
Furtado's influences include Amalia Rodrigues, Beck, Caetano Veloso, Cornershop, De La Soul, Digable Planets, Jeff Buckley, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Oasis, Radiohead, The Smashing Pumpkins, TLC, U2 and The Verve.
Furtado worked as a maid with her mother, who was a housekeeper.
Furtado is able to speak Spanish, Portuguese and Hindi.
Furtado played in a Portuguese marching band as a teenager.
Furtado began writing songs at age 12.
Furtado won a Grammy Award for her debut single I'm Like a Bird.
Furtado has an interest in different cultures.
Furtado experiments with different vocal styles, languages, sounds, genres and instruments.

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