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Nelly Furtado - All about the musician ...

Once Furtado told how she refused to shoot for Playboy magazine worth half a million dollars!

Biography of the dazzling Nelly Furtado ...

Nelly Furtado is a Portuguese-born Canadian singer, songwriter, record producer and talented actress. Born in 1978, at the moment Nelly can already boast that her records have scattered around the world with a total circulation of more than 40 million copies ...

Nelly is famous for her versatility, versatility and constant rethinking of her talent! At the same time, the singer modestly comments on her dazzling debut:

“Then I thought: “I wonder what will happen to me next?” I could not even imagine what it would lead to ... Life, however, is a good thing. It’s just… very often people don’t notice opportunities, daydreaming…”

Let's get to know this versatile and certainly interesting personality a little closer ...

Childhood and first musical influence…

Nelly Kim Furtado was born on December 2, 1978 in Victoria (British Columbia, Canada). She was the third child of working-class Portuguese immigrants. The girl's parents - Antonio, a bricklayer, and Maria Manuela, a maid - moved to Canada in the late 1960s, leaving their native village in the Azores of Portugal.

It is worth noting that subsequently the Latin roots of the singer will find a vivid expression in her music ... For example, the debut album "Whoa Nelly" is deeply rooted in Nelly's children's concerts, when she - dressed in Portuguese folk costumes and singing songs from her parents' homeland - performed at local festivals and social events.

It is curious, but all members of the Furtado family were somehow connected with music ... In addition to her father, an ardent fan of Portuguese music (the so-called “fado” genre), the girl’s mother once sang in the church choir! And Nelli's late grandfather perfectly knew how to play several instruments ... Even his brother, the singer's cousin, was famous as a famous Portuguese composer, leading an entire orchestra in his village!

Since this experience certainly had a huge impact on Nelly, it was not surprising to anyone that she subsequently became actively involved in music. And at a very early age: by the age of 4, Nelly sang in English and Portuguese, and also knew how to play the ukulele!

Musical education

Nelly Furtado
Nelly Furtado

As a teenager, Nellie played trombone in an orchestra, although she sometimes turned into a hardcore fan of hip-hop! At the age of 17, she moved to Toronto where she met a member of the Plains of Fascination hip-hop band. Together they founded a band called Neltsar (the band was formed in 1997). The young team gained many fans and interested local record companies, but Nelly herself admitted that her time had not yet come:

“Inside, I didn’t feel ready for all of this… I discovered that my heart didn’t really belong to the group, so I decided to return home to Victoria and live with my parents again.”

Career: Recording and releasing debut Whoa, Nelly!

Since then, Nellie's musical talent has been obvious... The girl spent the next couple of years studying, improving her skills, and also mastering new instruments! She also studied singing, dancing and writing songs ... Nelly paid for absolutely all the courses herself - upon returning to Victoria, she got a job as a maid, along with her mother. The hard work has paid off with a vengeance: her songs and acting have improved a lot!

Back in Toronto in the 2000s, she had a good chance to take her first step into the world of real music! And she used it...

Nelly's first real fame came in the heyday of the 2000s, with the release of her debut Whoa, Nelly! The record was not only inspired by trip-hop, but also referred the listener to the singer's Latin roots... The album was warmly received by music critics and quickly became commercially successful, and two singles from it, "I'm Like a Bird" and "Turn Off the Light" - entered the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100! The first composition also brought Nelly a Grammy Award!

A curious fact, but at first many radio stations refused to play Furtado's music! The DJs explained this by the fact that the eclectic mixture of pop music, hip-hop, bossa nova and melancholy Portuguese fado was impossible to classify... Fortunately, very soon the tracks of our heroine sounded almost on all airwaves...

Nelly Furtado
Nelly Furtado

A few years later Nelly released her second album called Folklore (2003). This time the work was dedicated to the folk-heavy genre. Singles from it had moderate success in Europe. However, the commercial inefficiency of the album, in comparison with the debut, was evident. Critics regarded it as a recession ...

Worldwide success with Loose!

And so, in 2006, Nelly finally made a big breakthrough! She released a third album called Loose, which eventually became her most commercially successful! In general, this disc has been sold all over the world with a circulation of over 12 million copies ... Now this is really impressive! It is worth adding that this success made Loose one of the best-selling albums of the decade!

Album cover of Loose!
Album cover of Loose!

While working on this album, Nelly continued to explore her Latin heritage, leaning more and more towards hip-hop ... As a result, four gorgeous singles were released with Loose - each of which became No1: "Promiscuous", "Maneater", "Say It Right" and "All Good Things (Come to an End)".

The subsequent work of the singer ...

In 2007 Nelly released a collaboration with artist Timbaland titled "Give It to Me"! The track instantly topped the charts both in the US and abroad…

In 2008, Furtado's duet with James Morrison ("Broken Strings") also received wide acclaim from the public and music critics!

In 2009, the singer released her first Spanish-language album, Mi Plan! The album won a Latin Grammy Award.

In 2012, Furtado delighted fans with The Spirit Indestructible, inspired by a pleasant and very warm nostalgia…

The singer later said goodbye to her manager, shortly followed by The Ride (2017), released under her own label, Nelstar Entertainment.

Achievements!

As mentioned above, in general, sales of Nelly Furtado's records exceeded the bar of 40 million worldwide!

Throughout her dazzling and long-running musical career, Nellie has won numerous awards including: Grammy Awards, Latin Grammy Awards, BRIT Awards, Billboard Music Awards, World Music Awards, ten Juno Awards and more!

No wonder the singer has her own star on Canada's Walk of Fame!

Personal life…

Our sweet-voiced heroine became a mother in September 2003! Nelly Furtado gave birth to a daughter from the composer Jasper Gakhunia, whom they met for several years. The baby was named Nevis!

Unfortunately, in 2005, Nellie and Jasper separated ... However, according to the singer, warm friendly relations have been maintained between them to this day. Despite the divorce, Nevis' parents have always shared the responsibility of raising their daughter.

In the summer of 2008, Furtado got engaged to sound engineer Demacio Castellone, but already in 2016 the couple broke up ...

Interesting Facts…

Nelly Furtado
Nelly Furtado

During her interview with Genre magazine (from 2006), Nelly Furtado admitted that she feels sympathy for her gender:

“Have I ever been attracted to women? Yes, sure! Women are insanely beautiful and unique…”

Once Furtado told how she refused to shoot for Playboy magazine worth half a million dollars!

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