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Nelly Furtado

During a visit with her sister Lisa Anne in Toronto, the summer after grade eleven, Furtado met Tallis Newkirk, member of the hip hop group Plains of Fascination. She contributed vocals to their 1996 album, Join the Ranks, on the track "Waitin' 4 The Streets." After graduating from Mount Douglas Secondary School in 1996, she moved to Toronto to reside with her sister Lisa Anne. The following year, she formed Nelstar, a trip hop duo with Newkirk. Ultimately, Furtado felt the trip-hop style of the duo was "too segregated," and believed it did not represent her personality or allow her to showcase her vocal ability. She left the group and planned to move back home.

In 1997, she performed at the Honey Jam talent show. Her performance attracted the attention of The Philosopher Kings singer Gerald Eaton, who then approached her to write with him. He and fellow Kings member Brian West helped Furtado produce a demo. She left Toronto, but returned again to record more material with Eaton and West. The material recorded during these sessions which were shopped to record companies by her attorney Chris Taylor and led to her 1999 record deal with DreamWorks Records, signed by A&R executive Beth Halper, partner of Garbage drummer and record producer Butch Vig. Furtado's first single, "Party's Just Begun (Again)", was released that year on the Brokedown Palace: Music from the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.

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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