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Gwen Stefani

Facts about Gwen Stefani

Date of Birth:03 October 1969
Birthplace:Fullerton, California
First Name:Gwen
Middle Name:Renee
Last Name:Stefani
Height:5' 7" (170 cm)
Eye Color:Brown - Dark
Hair Color:Blonde
Star Sign:Libra
Claim to Fame:No Doubt
Occupation:Singer, Business
Religion:Roman Catholic
Occupation Category:Singer
Music Genre:Pop, Pop/Rock
Music Tags:Adult Alternative Pop/ Rock, Alternative Pop/ Rock, Alternative/ Indie Rock, Electronic
Music Style:Adult Alternative Pop/ Rock, Alternative Dance, Alternative Pop/ Rock, Alternative/ Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Dance-Rock, Electronic, Pop
Music Mood:Aggressive, Confident, Energetic, Exciting, Fun, Lively, Party/Celebratory, Playful, Quirky, Rousing, Sexy, Slick, Sparkling, Stylish
Musical Instrument:Vocals
Alternative Names:Gwen, `Sunshine`, `G-loc`
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Biography for Gwen Stefani

Gwen Renée Stefani (born Oct. 3, 1969 (52 years ago)) is an American recording artist and fashion designer. Stefani serves as lead vocalist for the rock band No Doubt. Ranging from punk rock to new wave music, their third wave ska oriented third studio album Tragic Kingdom (1995, 26 years ago) propelled them to stardom, selling 16 million copies worldwide. It spawned the singles "Just a Girl", "Spiderwebs", and "Don't Speak". The band's popularity went into decline with its fourth album, Return of Saturn (2000, 21 years ago), but Rock Steady (2001, 20 years ago) focused on dancehall production traits, and generally received positive reviews.

Stefani recorded her first solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. in 2004 (17 years ago). The album was primarily inspired by music of the 1980s, and emerged an international success with sales of over seven million. The album's third single "Hollaback Girl" became the first U.S. digital download to sell one million copies. Stefani's second solo album The Sweet Escape (2006, 15 years ago) yielded "Wind It Up", a moderate worldwide success, and "The Sweet Escape". Including her work with No Doubt, Stefani has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide. She won the World's Best-Selling New Female Artist at the World Music Awards 2005 (16 years ago).

Stefani is known as a fashion trendsetter. In 2003 (18 years ago), she debuted her clothing line L.A.M.B. and expanded her collection with the 2005 (16 years ago) Harajuku Lovers line, drawing inspiration from Japanese culture and fashion. Stefani performs and makes public appearances with four back-up dancers known as the Harajuku Girls. She married British grunge musician Gavin Rossdale in 2002 (19 years ago) and they have two sons: Kingston James McGregor Rossdale, who was born May 26, 2006 (15 years ago), and Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale, who was born Aug. 21, 2008 (13 years ago).

Early years

Stefani was born and raised in Fullerton, California, and grew up in a Roman Catholic household. Her mother named her after a stewardess in the 1968 (53 years ago) novel Airport, and her middle name, Renée, comes from The Four Tops' 1968 (53 years ago) cover of The Left Banke's 1966 (55 years ago) hit song "Walk Away Renée". Her father, Dennis Stefani, is Italian and worked as a Yamaha marketing executive. He currently is Executive VP of The Added Value Company. Her mother, Patti (née Flynn), is of Irish and Scottish descent and worked as an accountant before becoming a homemaker. Her parents were fans of folk music and presented music by Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris to their daughter. She is the second oldest of four children; she has a younger sister, Jill Stefani, a younger brother, Todd, and an older brother, Eric. Eric was the keyboardist for No Doubt but left the band to pursue a career in animation on The Simpsons (15 walls) (1 walls) on the FOX TV network.

Many of the women in Stefani's family were seamstresses, and much of her clothing was made by her or her mother. As a child, Stefani's musical interests consisted of musicals such as The Sound of Music and Evita. After making a demo tape for her father, she was encouraged to take music lessons to train her "loopy, unpredictable" voice. Stefani is a distant cousin of Madonna. Her great-aunt's mother-in-law shares the last name with Madonna.

Stefani made her onstage debut during a talent show at Loara High School, where she sang "I Have Confidence," from The Sound of Music, in a self-made tweed dress inspired by one from the film. Stefani was on the Loara swim team in an attempt to lose weight. She first worked at a Dairy Queen and later manned the MAC makeup counter of a department store. After graduating from high school in 1987 (34 years ago), she began attending Fullerton College before transferring to California State University, Fullerton.


1986–2004: No Doubt
Eric introduced Gwen to 2 Tone music by Madness and The Selecter, and in 1986 (35 years ago) he invited her to provide vocals for No Doubt, a ska band he was forming. Finally, in 1991 (30 years ago), the band was signed to Interscope Records. She also did backup vocals for Sublime on the song "Saw Red".

The band released its self-titled debut album in 1992 (29 years ago), but its ska-pop sound was unsuccessful due to the popularity of grunge. Stefani rejected the aggressiveness of female grunge artists and cited Blondie singer Debbie Harry's combination of power and sex appeal as a major influence. No Doubt's third album, Tragic Kingdom (1995, 26 years ago), which followed the self-released The Beacon Street Collection (1995, 26 years ago), took more than three years to make. During this time, the band almost split up because of the failed romantic relationship between Stefani and bandmate Tony Kanal. Their break-up inspired Stefani lyrically, and many of the album's songs, such as "Don't Speak", "Sunday Morning", and "Hey You", chronicle their relationship and her happiness. Five singles were released from Tragic Kingdom and "Don't Speak" led 1996's U.S. year-end airplay chart. Stefani left college for one semester to tour for Tragic Kingdom but did not return when touring lasted two and a half years. The album sold more than 16 million copies worldwide, and received several Grammy Award nominations.

No Doubt released the less popular Return of Saturn in 2000 (21 years ago), which expands upon the New Wave influences of Tragic Kingdom. Most of the lyrical content focuses on Stefani's often rocky relationship with then-Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale and her overall insecurities, including indecision on settling down and having a child. The band's 2001 (20 years ago) album, Rock Steady, explores more reggae and dancehall sounds while maintaining the band's New Wave influences, generally receiving positive reviews., which was recorded live by Guy Charbonneau (audio recording engineer)'s Le Mobile Remote Recording Studio and later released on CD and DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) formats. The album generated career-highest singles chart positions in the United States, and "Hey Baby" and "Underneath It All" received Grammy Awards. A greatest hits collection, The Singles 1992–2003, which includes a cover of Talk Talk's "It's My Life", was released in 2003 (18 years ago) to moderate sales. The other members of No Doubt have begun work on a new album and plan to complete it after Stefani's tour is finished.

Outside No Doubt, Stefani has collaborated on the singles "South Side" and "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" with Moby and Eve, respectively. In 2002 (19 years ago) Eve and Stefani won a Grammy Award for Best Rap/Sung Collaboration for "Let Me Blow Ya Mind". She also collaborated with The Brian Setzer Orchestra on a cover of "You're the Boss", originally performed by Elvis Presley and Ann-Margret, for its 1998 (23 years ago) album The Dirty Boogie.

2004–2008 : Solo career
Following No Doubt's hiatus, Stefani sought out her former bandmate Tony Kanal to discuss the possibility of a solo career. The idea was to make a quick dance record, but this became a large collaboration with other artists, producers and various non-ska influences. The result was two successful albums. Currently, Stefani has two solo albums, Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (2004, 17 years ago), and The Sweet Escape (2006, 15 years ago).

2004–2006: Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
Stefani's debut solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. was released in Nov. 2004 (17 years ago). The album features a large number of collaborations with producers and other artists, including Tony Kanal, Linda Perry, André 3000, Nellee Hooper and The Neptunes. Stefani created the album to modernize the music to which she listened when in high school, and L.A.M.B. takes influence from a variety of music styles of the 1980 (41 years ago) and early 1990 (31 years ago) such as New Wave and electro. Stefani's decision to use her solo career as an opportunity to delve further into pop music instead of trying "to convince the world of [her] talent, depth and artistic worth" was considered unusual. As a result, reviews of the album were mixed, and it was described as "fun as hell but…not exactly rife with subversive social commentary." The album debuted on the U.S. Billboard 200 albums chart at number seven, selling 309,000 copies in its first week. It sold well, reaching multi-platinum status in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada. At the 2005 (16 years ago) Grammy Awards, Stefani was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and at the next year's awards, Stefani received five nominations for Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, Best Pop Vocal Album, and Best Rap/Sung Collaboration.

The first single released from the album was "What You Waiting For?", which charted outside the U.S. Top 40, but reached the Top 10 on most other charts. The song served to explain why Stefani produced a solo album and discusses her fears in leaving No Doubt for a solo career as well as her desire to have a baby. "Rich Girl" was released as the album's second single. A duet with rapper Eve, and produced by Dr. Dre, it is an adaptation of a 1990 (31 years ago) pop song by British musicians Louchie Lou & Michie One, which itself is a cover of "If I Were a Rich Man", from the musical Fiddler on the Roof. "Rich Girl" proved successful on several formats, and reached the UK and U.S. top ten. L.A.M.B.'s third single "Hollaback Girl" became Stefani's first U.S. and second Australian number-one single; it was less successful elsewhere. The song was the first U.S. digital download to sell more than one million copies legally, and its brass-driven composition remained popular throughout 2005 (16 years ago).

The fourth single "Cool" was released shortly following the popularity of its predecessor, but failed to match its chart success, reaching the top twenty in UK and U.S. The song's lyrics and its accompanying music video, filmed in Lake Como, Italy, depict Stefani's former relationship with Kanal. "Luxurious" was released as the album's fifth single, but did not perform as well as its predecessors. "Crash" was released in early 2006 (15 years ago) as the album's sixth single in lieu of Love. Angel. Music. Baby.'s sequel, which Stefani postponed because of her pregnancy.

2006–2008: The Sweet Escape
Stefani's second solo album, The Sweet Escape, was recorded by Guy Charbonneau's Le Mobile Remote Recording Studio and released in dec. 2006 (15 years ago). Stefani recollaborated with Kanal, Perry, and The Neptunes, along with Akon and Tim Rice-Oxley from English rock band Keane. The album focuses more heavily on electro/dance music for clubs than its predecessor. Stefani commented that it differed from L.A.M.B. because "I just wasn't inspired to do another album and…I was a lot more relaxed making it." Its release coincided with the DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) release of Stefani's first tour, entitled Harajuku Lovers Live. The album received mixed reviews by critics, who found that it "has a surprisingly moody, lightly autobiographical feel...[but] Stefani isn't convincing as a dissatisfied diva" and called the album a "hasty return" that repeats Love. Angel. Music. Baby. with less energy.

"Wind It Up", the album's lead single, was panned by critics for its use of yodeling and an interpolation of The Sound of Music but was moderately successful, reaching the Top 20 in most markets. The title track was well-received. To promote The Sweet Escape, Stefani was a mentor on the sixth season of American Idol and performed the song with Akon. It was an international success and earned Stefani a Grammy nomination. The song is Stefani's most successful song of her solo career. In Nov. 2006 (15 years ago), the club single "Yummy" was released as a 3-track maxi promo single and as a 12" vinyl single, both featuring a radio edit, an instrumental and an a cappella version of the song. "4 In The Morning" was released as the album's third single with mediocre success. The album's fourth single was a hybrid version of Now That You Got It which featured Damian Marley. The song was a commercial failure and became her first solo single to fail to chart on the Billboard Hot 100. Early Winter was released in Feb. 2008 (13 years ago) worldwide with initial success on European Charts. To promote the album, Stefani embarked a worldwide tour, The Sweet Escape Tour. The tour covered North America, Europe, Asia and the Pacific and part of Latin America.

2008–present: No Doubt's New Album and 2009 (12 years ago) Tour
With Stefani promoting her second solo album, No Doubt began initial work on a new album without her and planned to complete it after Stefani's tour was finished. In Mar. 2008 (13 years ago), the band started making posts concerning the progression of the album on their official fan forum. Stefani made a post on Mar. 28, 2008 (13 years ago) stating that songwriting had commenced but was slow on her end because she was, at the time, pregnant with her second child.

Manager Jim Guerinot said the yet-untitled album is being produced by Mark "Spike" Stent, who helped produce and mix Rock Steady. Between Stefani's pregnancy and recording, No Doubt did not tour in 2008 (13 years ago), but Guerinot promised they plan to hit the road hard in 2009 (12 years ago) for their first full-fledged band tour in nearly five years.

"The Singles 92-03" became available on dec. 9 2008 (13 years ago) for the Rock Band 2 video game platform. All members of No Doubt except for Stefani are appearing as Scott Weiland's backing band on the album Happy In Galoshes.

No Doubt announced on their official website that they want to tour in 2009 (12 years ago) while finishing their upcoming album, which is set for release late 2009 (12 years ago). On Nov. 24, 2008 (13 years ago), it was announced that No Doubt would be headlining the Bamboozle 2009 (12 years ago) festival in May, along with Fall Out Boy. The band is now embarking on a national tour throughout the summer of 2009 (12 years ago).

Non-musical projects
Stefani made most of the clothing that she wore on stage with No Doubt, resulting in increasingly eclectic combinations. Stylist Andrea Lieberman introduced her to haute couture clothing, which lead to Stefani launching a fashion line named L.A.M.B. in 2004 (17 years ago). The line takes influence from a variety of fashions, including Guatemalan, Japanese, and Jamaican styles. The line achieved popularity among celebrities and is worn by stars such as Teri Hatcher (3 walls), Nicole Kidman (24 walls), and Stefani herself. In Jun. 2005 (16 years ago), she expanded her collection with the less expensive Harajuku Lovers line, which she referred to as "a glorified merchandise line", with varied products including a camera, mobile phone charms, and undergarments. In late 2006 (15 years ago), Stefani released a limited edition line of dolls called "Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Fashion dolls". The dolls are inspired by the various costumes that Stefani and the Harajuku Girls wore while touring for the album. In late summer 2007 (14 years ago), Stefani launched a perfume, 'L', as a part of her L.A.M.B. collection of clothing and accessories. The perfume has high notes of sweet pea and rose. In sep. 2008 (13 years ago), Stefani released a fragrance line as a part of her Harajuku Lovers product line. There are five different fragrances based on the four Harajuku Girls and Stefani herself called 'Love', 'Lil' Angel', 'Music', 'Baby' and 'G' (Gwen).

In 2004 (17 years ago), Stefani showed interest in making movie appearances and began auditioning for movies such as Mr. & Mrs. Smith. She made her acting debut playing Jean Harlow in Martin Scorsese's The Aviator in 2004 (17 years ago) and was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by Cast in Motion Picture. Scorsese, whose daughter was a No Doubt fan, showed reciprocal interest in casting Stefani after seeing her picture (wallpaper) from a Marilyn Monroe-inspired photo (wallpaper) shoot for Teen Vogue in 2003 (18 years ago). To prepare for the role, Stefani read two biographies and watched 18 of Harlow's films. Shooting her part took four to five days, and Stefani had few lines. Stefani lent her voice to the title character of Malice, a PS2 and Xbox video game in 2004; before completion, however, the company opted not to use No Doubt bandmembers' voices.

Personal life

Soon after Stefani joined No Doubt, she and bandmate Tony Kanal began dating. Stefani stated that she was heavily invested in the relationship, commenting that "...all I ever did was look at Tony and pray that God would let me have a baby with him." Kanal ended the relationship.

During her time with No Doubt, the band toured with fellow ska punk band Reel Big Fish, whose frontman, Aaron Barrett, later wrote the song "She's Famous Now" for their 1998 (23 years ago) album Why Do They Rock So Hard?. The song is commonly interpreted to be about a relationship between the two and Stefani's subsequent success with No Doubt. Barrett later stated that he "was just trying to start a rumor".

In dec. 1995 (26 years ago), No Doubt and rock band Goo Goo Dolls went on tour opening for alternative rock band Bush. Stefani met Bush guitarist and lead singer Gavin Rossdale They married on sep. 14, 2002 (19 years ago), with a wedding in St Paul's Church in Covent Garden, London. A second wedding was held in Los Angeles two weeks later. According to Stefani, it was held so that she could wear a custom-designed wedding dress by British-Gibraltarian fashion designer John Galliano twice.

The couple discovered in 2004 (17 years ago) that Rossdale had a daughter, Daisy Lowe (b. 1989 (32 years ago)) from a previous fling with model and designer Pearl Lowe when Rossdale took a paternity test. Stefani was "devastated and infuriated" at the discovery, leading to a rocky patch in her relationship with Rossdale. Though Rossdale remains Daisy's godfather, he has severed all ties with the Lowes. Stefani's song "Danger Zone" was widely believed to be about the discovery and its aftermath. However, the song was written prior to the incident.

In dec. 2005 (16 years ago), Stefani and Rossdale announced that they were expecting their first child together. The pregnancy was first reported by Us Weekly, and Stefani confirmed the pregnancy by shouting "I want you to sing so loud that the baby hears it" during a concert in Fort Lauderdale, Florida after her press agent stated that it was untrue. On May 26, 2006 (15 years ago), their son, Kingston James McGregor Rossdale, was born via caesarean section at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Kingston weighed 3.4 kg (7 lb 8 oz). In Jan. 2008 (13 years ago), it was confirmed by her father-in-law that Stefani would be expecting her second child. As of the date of announcement, she was 13 weeks along. Reports from In Touch magazine came in on Aug. 21, 2008 (13 years ago), reporting that Stefani had checked in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and was scheduled to give birth via C-section around 10:00 a.m. People confirmed that Stefani gave birth to a baby boy, Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale, who was born at 12:46 PDT on Aug. 21, 2008 (13 years ago) weighing 3.85 kg (8 lb 8 oz). A representative for Stefani said "Mother, baby and family are all happy and healthy."


  • 2004 (17 years ago): Love. Angel. Music. Baby.
  • 2006 (15 years ago): The Sweet Escape


  • 2005 (16 years ago): "Harajuku Lovers Tour 2005"
  • 2007 (14 years ago): "The Sweet Escape Tour"

Awards and nominations

  • American Music Awards
  • Grammy Awards
  • MTV Video Music Award
  • MTV Asia Awards
  • Teen Choice Awards
  • BRITS Awards
  • World Music Awards
  • Billoboard Music Awards 2005
  • California Music Awards
  • International Dance Music Awards
  • NRJ Music Awards 2006
  • MTV Europe Music Awards 2005
  • MTV Video Music Awards LatinoAmerica 2005
  • Meteor Ireland Awards 2006
  • MTV Austrlian Video Music Awards
  • Much Music Video Awards 2005


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