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Nelly Furtado

Facts about Nelly Furtado

Date of Birth:02 December 1978
Birthplace:Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
First Name:Nelly
Middle Name:Kim
Last Name:Furtado
Height:5' 3" (160 cm)
Eye Color:Blue
Hair Color:Black
Star Sign:Sagittarius
Claim to Fame:Whoa, Nelly!
Occupation Category:Singer
Music Genre:Pop, Pop/Rock
Music Tags:Adult Alternative Pop/ Rock
Music Style:Adult Alternative Pop/ Rock, Alternative Pop/ Rock, Alternative Singer/ Songwriter, Alternative/ Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Pop
Music Mood:Bittersweet, Cathartic, Earnest, Freewheeling, Fun, Party/Celebratory, Playful, Reflective, Sophisticated, Stylish, Theatrical, Trippy, Warm
Musical Instrument:Vocals
Alternative Names:Nelly Kim Furtado Castellon
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Biography for Nelly Furtado

Nelly Kim Furtado (born dec. 2, 1978 (43 years ago)) is a Grammy award winning Portuguese Canadian singer-songwriter, record producer, and actress. She has sold over 15 million albums worldwide and currently resides in Toronto. Furtado grew up in Victoria, BC, Canada.

Furtado came to fame in 2000 (21 years ago) 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 (2003, 18 years ago), she returned to prominence in 2006 (15 years ago) with the release of Loose and its hit singles "Promiscuous", "Maneater", "All Good Things (Come to an End)", and "Say It Right".

Furtado is known for experimenting with different instruments, sounds, genres, vocal styles and languages. This diversity has been influenced by her wide-ranging musical taste and her interest in different cultures.

Early years

Furtado was born in the Canadian city of Victoria, British Columbia to Portuguese parents, Maria Manuela and António José Furtado, both immigrants from the Portuguese Azores archipelago. Her parents were born on São Miguel Island and immigrated to Canada in the late 1960 (61 years ago). Furtado has a strong connection with Portuguese culture. At age four she began performing and singing in Portuguese. She was named after Soviet gymnast Nellie Kim. Raised in a Roman Catholic home, Furtado first sang at the age of four when she performed a duet with her mother at a church on Portugal Day. Although remaining unclear about her religious beliefs, she still affirms a belief in God, the Ten Commandments, and in avoiding the Seven Sins. She began playing instruments at the age of nine, learning the trombone, ukulele and, in later years, the guitar and keyboards. At the age of twelve, she began writing songs, and as a teenager, she performed in a Portuguese marching band. Furtado has acknowledged her family as the source of her strong work ethic; she spent eight summers working as a chambermaid with her mother, who was a housekeeper in Victoria. She has stated that coming from a working class background has shaped her identity in a positive way.


The first musicians Furtado interacted with were underground rappers and DJs. During a visit to Toronto the summer after eleventh grade, Furtado met Tallis Newkirk, member of the hip hop group Plains of Fascination. She contributed vocals to their 1996 (25 years ago) album, Join the Ranks, on the track "Waitin' 4 the Streets". After graduating from Mount Douglas Secondary School in 1996 (25 years ago), she moved to Toronto. The following year, she formed Nelstar, a trip hop duo with Newkirk. Ultimately, Furtado felt the trip-hop style of the duo was "too segregated" and believed it did not represent her personality or allow her to showcase her vocal ability. She left the group and planned to move back home.

Before moving, however, she performed at the 1997 (24 years ago) Honey Jam, an "all-female urban" talent show. Her performance attracted the attention of The Philosopher Kings singer Gerald Eaton (aka Jarvis Church), who then approached her to write with him. He and fellow Kings member Brian West helped Furtado produce a demo. She left Toronto, but returned again to record more material with Eaton and West. The material recorded during these sessions led to her 1999 (22 years ago) record deal with DreamWorks Records, where she was signed by A&R executive Beth Halper, partner of Garbage drummer and record producer Butch Vig. Furtado's first single, "Party's Just Begun (Again)", was released that year on the Brokedown Palace: Music from the Original Motion picture (wallpaper) Soundtrack.

2000–2002: Whoa, Nelly!

Furtado continued the collaboration with Eaton and West, who co-produced her debut album, Whoa, Nelly! which was released in Oct. 2000 (21 years ago).

Following the release of the album, Furtado headlined the "Burn in the Spotlight Tour" and also appeared on Moby's Area:One tour.

The album was an international success, supported by three international singles: "I'm like a Bird", "Turn off the Light", and "...On the Radio (Remember the Days)". It received four Grammy Award nominations in 2002 (19 years ago), and her debut single won for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Furtado's work was also critically acclaimed for her innovative mixture of various genres and sounds. Slant Magazine called the album "a delightful and refreshing antidote to the army of 'pop princesses' and rap-metal bands that had taken over popular music at the turn of the millennium".

The sound of the album was strongly influenced by musicians who had traversed cultures and "the challenge of making heartfelt, emotional music that's upbeat and hopeful". According to Maclean's magazine, Whoa, Nelly! had sold five million copies worldwide as of Aug. 2006 (15 years ago).

The song "Scared of You" has portions of the song in Portuguese, while "Onde Estás" is entirely in Portuguese, reflecting Furtado's Portuguese heritage. The International Release of "Whoa Nelly" featured fellow Canadian Esthero on the song titled "I Feel You".

In 2002 (19 years ago), Furtado appeared on the song "Thin Line", on underground hip hop group Jurassic 5's album Power in Numbers. The same year, Furtado provided her vocals to the Paul Oakenfold's song "The Harder They Come" from the album "Bunkka" and also made the song " These words are my own".She also had a collaboration with Colombian artist Juanes, in the song "Fotografia" where she showed her diversity of yet another language.

2003–2005: Folklore

Furtado's second album, Folklore, was released in Nov. 2003 (18 years ago). The final track on the album, "Childhood Dreams", was dedicated to her daughter, Nevis. The album includes the single "Força" (meaning "strength" or "carry on" in Portuguese), the official anthem of the 2004 (17 years ago) European Football Championship. Furtado performed this song in Lisbon at the championship's final, in which the Portugal national team played. The lead single is "Powerless (Say What You Want)" and the second single is the ballad "Try". The album was not as successful as her debut, partly due to the album's less "poppy" sound, as well as underpromotion from her label DreamWorks Records. DreamWorks had just been sold to Universal Music Group. In 2005 (16 years ago), DreamWorks Records, along with many of its artists including Furtado, was absorbed into Geffen Records.

"Powerless (Say What You Want)" was later remixed, featuring Colombian rocker Juanes, who had previously worked with Furtado on his track "Fotografía" ("Photograph"). The two would collaborate again on "Te Busqué" ("I Found You"), a single from Furtado's 2006 (15 years ago) album Loose.

2006–2008: Loose

Furtado's third album, Loose, was released in Jun. 2006 (15 years ago). She named it after the spontaneous, creative decisions she made while creating the album. Some have labeled her a "sellout" for seemingly abandoning her folk and rock roots in favour of hip hop and R&B, while others have accused her of attempting to "sex up" her music and appearance to sell more records. In this album, primarily produced by Timbaland, Furtado experiments with sounds from R&B, hip hop, and 1980 (41 years ago) music. Furtado herself describes the album's sound as punk-hop, described as "modern, poppy, spooky" and as having "a mysterious, after-midnight vibe... extremely visceral". She attributed the youthful sound of the album to the presence of her two-year-old daughter. The album received generally positive reviews from critics, with some citing the "revitalising" effect of Timbaland on Furtado's music, and others calling it "slick, smart and surprising".

Nelly performing at Rock am Ring in 2006Loose has become the most successful album of Furtado's career so far, as it reached number one not only in Canada and the United States, but also several countries worldwide. The album produced her first number-one hit in the United States, "Promiscuous", as well as her first number-one hit in the United Kingdom, "Maneater". The single "Say It Right" eventually became Furtado's most successful song worldwide, due to its huge success in Europe and in the United States, where it became her second number-one hit. "All Good Things (Come to an End)" became her most successful song in Europe, topping single charts in numerous countries there.

On Feb. 16, 2007 (14 years ago), Furtado embarked on the "Get Loose Tour". She returned in Mar. 2007 (14 years ago) to her hometown of Victoria to perform a concert at the Save-On Foods Memorial Centre. In honour of her visit, local leaders officially proclaimed Mar. 21, 2007 (14 years ago), the first day of spring, as Nelly Furtado Day. After the tour, she released her first live DVD/CD named Loose the Concert. On Apr. 1, 2007 (14 years ago), Furtado was a performer at and host of the 2007 (14 years ago) Juno Awards in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. She won all five awards for which she was nominated, including Album of the Year and Single of the Year. She also appeared on stage at the Concert for Diana at Wembley Stadium in London on Jul. 1, 2007 (14 years ago), where she performed "Say It Right", "Maneater", and "I'm like a Bird".

In 2007 (14 years ago), Furtado and Justin Timberlake (11 walls) were featured on Timbaland's single "Give It to Me", which became her third number-one single in the U.S. and second in the UK. In late 2008 (13 years ago), Furtado collaborated with James Morrison on a song called "Broken Strings" for his album "Songs for You, Truths for Me". The single was released on dec. 8 and peaked at #2 on the UK Singles Chart in early January.

In 2007 (14 years ago), Furtado leaked plans to Flare regarding a song she was set to duet for Kylie Minogue's return. However, the song was not featured on her album X but Minogue says the aforementioned song "is still outstanding" and has plans to pursue it. She said "I am looking forward to getting in the studio and doing it because I know Nelly and I would have a great time together".

2009-present: Mi Plan and Fifth Studio Album

On dec. 31, 2008 (13 years ago) El Diario La Prensa posted an article that Furtado is planning on recording songs in English and Spanish for her upcoming album and that it is "expected to launch on sep. 15, 2009 (12 years ago).

Furtado made a guest appearance on Flo Rida's new album, R.O.O.T.S., which was released on Mar. 31, 2009 (12 years ago). The track is titled "Jump". Furtado has also made a guest appearance on Divine Brown's Love Chronicles, co-writing and singing on the background of the song "Sunglasses".

Official cover for the new single "Más".In early March, a song called "Gotta Know" leaked in the internet and was said to be Nelly's. As response, on Mar. 4, 2009 (12 years ago), Furtado stated on her MySpace blog that the song is not hers and that she is recording two new albums: one in Spanish, and the other in Portuguese. According to Billboard, Nelly will release a new Spanish album on sep. 29th. According to Nelly Furtado via the Perez Hilton blog, the Spanish album will be titled Mi Plan and the first single titled "Manos Al Aire" (in Spanish, meaning "Hands Up"). The album will have twelve new songs, all in spanish, as stated by Nelly in a message left in her official website The second single "Más" was released on Jul. 21st, as it was announced on Nelly's official myspace. It is said that single "Mi Plan" (ft. Alex Cuba) will be released on iTunes on Aug. 11th, 2009 (12 years ago) and "Bajo Otra Luz" (ft. Julieta Venegas and La Mala Rodriguez) on sep. 1st, 2009 (12 years ago). The release of the album Mi Plan is pushed back to sep. 15th. The videoclip from "Manos Al Aire" will be premiered on Jul. 29th as stated in Nelly's official site.

In a recent video Nelly said "I’m also writing an English album," she says "Timbaland and I hooked up in the studio about three months ago and we wrote 20 songs in two days. It was really inspired. I think maybe some of that material will be on my English album."

Nelly Furtado will make a guest appearance on Tiësto's single "Who Wants To Be Alone" on his new album Kaleidoscope which will be released on Oct. 6, 2009 (12 years ago).

Personal life

On sep. 20, 2003 (18 years ago), in Toronto, Furtado gave birth to a daughter, Nevis, whose father is DJ Jasper Gahunia. Furtado and Gahunia, who had been good friends for several years, remained together for four years until their breakup in 2005 (16 years ago). Furtado told Blender magazine that they continue to be good friends and jointly share responsibility of raising Nevis.

In Jun. 2006 (15 years ago), in an interview with Genre magazine, when asked if she had "ever felt an attraction to women", Furtado replied "Absolutely. Women are beautiful and sexy". Some considered this an announcement of bisexuality, but in Aug. 2006 (15 years ago), she stated that she was "straight, but very open-minded". In Nov. 2006 (15 years ago), Furtado revealed that she once turned down US$ 500,000 to pose fully-clothed in Playboy.

On Jul. 2007 (14 years ago), it was reported that Furtado is engaged to Cuban sound engineer Demacio "Demo" Castellón. He worked with her on Loose. On Oct. 17, 2008 (13 years ago), it was reported in People Magazine that Furtado and Castellón have been married since Jul. 19, 2008 (13 years ago). Furtado confirmed to Entertainment Tonight that she married Castellón on Jul. 19, 2008 (13 years ago).Furtado Is Promoting a new line of Henna Tatoo's In 2009 (12 years ago).


  • 2001 - Roswell
  • 2006 - Floribella
  • 2007 - One Life to Live
  • 2007 - CSI: NY
  • 2007 - Punk'd
  • 2008 - Max Payne (4 walls)


  • Studio albums:
  • 2000 (21 years ago): Whoa, Nelly!
  • 2003 (18 years ago): Folklore
  • 2006 (15 years ago): Loose
  • 2009 (12 years ago): Mi Plan
  • 2010 (11 years ago): Fifth Studio Album
  • Other albums:
  • 2004 (17 years ago): Sessions@AOL
  • 2007 (14 years ago): Loose: The Concert
  • DVDs:
  • 2006 (15 years ago): Loose Mini DVD (Digital Versatile Disc)
  • 2007 (14 years ago): Loose: The Concert

Awards and nominations

  • Grammy Awards
  • BRIT Awards
  • Juno Awards
  • MTV Europe Music Awards
  • Grammy Awards


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