Nelly Furtado

Genres: Pop / Rock
Descriptive "tags": pop female vocalists canadian folk singer-songwriter rnb Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 2000s
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Biography

2 December 1978, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. One of the most intriguing singer-songwriters to emerge in the new millennium, Furtado’s music embraces enough styles to defy easy categorisation. This first generation Canadian was raised in British Columbia by her parents, who were originally from the Portuguese archipelago Azores. As a teenager she learned to play ukulele, trombone and guitar, while embracing a range of musical genres, from urban R&B and hip-hop, to rock, Latin and world music. Moving to Toronto in the late 90s to work, she performed at night as one half of the hip-hop duo Nelstar and as a solo freestyler. She recorded a demo with two fans, Gerald Eaton and Brian West of fellow Canadians the Philosopher Kings, which eventually led to a major label contract with DreamWorks Records.

After making her live debut proper on select dates of the 1999 Lilith Fair tour, Furtado released her debut Whoa, Nelly! in October...

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