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Nelly Furtado

  • 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.
  • Forca was the official anthem of the 2004 European Championship.
  • Furtado is named after the Soviet gymnast, Nellie Kim.
  • Furtado gave birth to her daughter, Nevis, on September 20, 2003 in Toronto, Canada.
  • Furtado calls the genre of her third album "punk-hop".
  • The father of Nelly’s daughter is DJ Jasper Gahunia aka Lil' Jaz.
  • Following the release of her first album, Furtado headlined the Burn in the Spotlight tour and also appeared on Moby’s Area: One tour.
  • The third album, Loose, was released on June 20, 2006.
  • The second album, Folklore, didn't match the success of the first album, Whoa, Nelly!.
  • Furtado started playing the trombone and ukulele at age 9. Later, she learned to play the guitar and keyboard.
  • The debut album, Whoa, Nelly!, gained four Grammy nominations. Furtado won "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance".
  • The singles from the album Whoa, Nelly! are I'm Like A Bird and Turn Off the Lights.
  • After only a few years together, Furtado is separating from her husband, also the father of Nevis.
  • Furtado said that working in Miami influenced the sounds of her third album.
  • Nelly said that she didn't really enjoy working with Timberland, saying that he got bored easily, and Nelly didn't feel like he was into it. Though she is happy with the product.
  • Furtado shares the same birthday with Britney Spears and Canadian actress Cassie Steele.
  • Discography: Whoa, Nelly! (2000), Folklore (2003), Loose (2006)

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