Nelly Kim Furtado is a Grammy-award winning singer/songwriter who lives and performs in Toronto, Canada. She was born in Victoria, British Columbia in 1978 to Maria and Jose Furtado, recent immigrants of Portuguese heritage. Furtado's fascination with music and singing came at an early age, with her wide musical influences ranging from popular rock and rap to gospel and ethnic Portuguese music. After establishing herself as a popular act in the Toronto nightclub circuit, she produced her first demo in 1999 at the urging of Gerald Eaton, a member of the popular Canadian R&B group The Philosopher Kings. The demo caught the attention of DreamWorks Records (Jimmy Eat World, Toby Keith), who added the young artist to their roster later that year.After spending a almost year in the studio, Nelly Furtado released her debut album Whoa, Nelly! in late 2000. The album - inspired, uplifting, worldly pop with a tinge of R&B - was an instant success, avoiding the mediocrity associated with the recent releases of pop tarts like Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. Whoa, Nelly! received three Grammy nominations (winning one) and produced six popular singles, among them "I Am Like a Bird" and "Turn off the Light". Based on the praise Whoa, Nelly! received due to its diverse and genre-bending sound, Nelly's second album Folklore (2003) set out in an experimental, folk-pop direction. While a solid album and critically successful across the board, it did not sell as well as her first release - partially because its folk-inspired sound did not lend itself terribly well to radio play, but also due to the dissolution of DreamWorks Records in 2005. Notable tracks from Folklore include "Try", "Explode", and "The Grass is Green". Following the breakup of DreamWorks Records Nelly was absorbed into Geffen Records, current home to Cher and Keyshia Cole. Due to Folklore's lackluster sales, Nelly shifted her sound toward a more sensual dance/R&B style for her third release, 2006's Loose. The Timbaland-produced, TLC-inspired album proved to become her most popular album - to date, Loose has sold over 6.1 million copies worldwide. Loose has spawned a whopping 9 singles, among them "Promiscuous", "Maneater", and "Say it Right". Though the album was released in 2006, it has continued to produce singles into 2008 - Nelly's most recent single "Somebody to Love" was released in February 2008, almost two full years after the initial release of Loose.
Born: 2nd December 1978, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. (Of Portuguese Parents). Canadian singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, record producer and actress.Married to Demacio Castelleon.
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...
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Nelly Kim Furtado (born December 2, 1978) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. She has sold 20 million albums worldwide and more 20 million singles, bringing her total sales to over 40 million records around the world. Furtado first gained fame with her debut album, Whoa, Nelly!, which spawned two successful singles, "I'm Like a Bird" and "Turn Off the Light". "I'm Like A Bird" won a 2001 Juno Award for Single of the Year and a 2002 Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. In 2003, Furtado released Folklore, which produced three international singles- "Powerless (Say What You Want)", "Try" and "Força". Three years later she released Loose, a worldwide commercial success. The album spawned four number-one hits: "Promiscuous", "Maneater", "Say It Right" and "All Good Things (Come to an End)". After a three-year break, she released her first full-length Spanish album, Mi Plan, and Furtado received a Latin Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Album. In 2012, Furtado's fourth English-language studio album, The Spirit Indestructible was released.