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Biography for Stacy FergusonStacy Ann Ferguson (born Mar. 27, 1975 (39 years ago)), better known by her stage name Fergie, is an American singer-songwriter, fashion designer and actress. She was a member of the kids' TV series Kids Incorporated, and the girl group Wild Orchid. Ferguson was also a co-host of the TV show Great Pretenders. She is a vocalist for the hip hop/pop group the Black Eyed Peas, as well as a solo artist, having released her debut album, The Dutchess, in sep. 2006 (8 years ago). The album spawned five Billboard Hot 100 Top 5 singles (three of which went to number one) making The Dutchess the seventh album from a female artist to spawn five Top 5 hits.
Early yearsFerguson was born in Hacienda Heights, California, the daughter of Terri Jackson (née Gore) and Patrick Ferguson. Her parents are of Mexican, Irish, Scottish and Native American descent. The daughter of devout Roman Catholic school teachers, she was raised in a suburban area with strict Roman Catholic values while attending Mesa Robles Middle School and Glen A. Wilson High School. She studied dance and began to do and voice-over work, providing the voice for Sally in two made-for-TV Peanuts cartoons. From 1984 (30 years ago) to 1989 (25 years ago), she starred on the TV show Kids Incorporated. All that time, she was a cheerleader, straight-A student and a spelling bee champion, as well as a Girl Scout.
Acting careerAs a child actress, Ferguson was on the TV program Kids Incorporated for several years with her TV sister Renee Sands, who became a fellow member of Wild Orchid. Ferguson was the voice of Sally Brown in two Charlie Brown specials: It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown (1984, 30 years ago) and Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown (1985, 29 years ago). She played Ann in Married... with Children (1994, 20 years ago) "Nooner or Nothing".
In 2003 (11 years ago), Ferguson had a guest role on the Rocket Power special, Reggie's Big Beach Break, on Nickelodeon; she voiced a pop music star named Shaffika. In Mar. 2005 (9 years ago), casting for Revolution Studios's big-budget remake of John Carpenter's The Fog was underway. Ferguson was set to return to acting in the role of lighthouse radio deejay Stevie Wayne (a part originated by scream queen Adrienne Barbeau). A last minute conflict arose, preventing her contract from closing and Ferguson left the project. The role eventually went to Selma Blair. Ferguson finally returned to acting in 2006 (8 years ago), appearing as a lounge singer in Wolfgang Peterson's remake of The Poseidon Adventure. She later appeared in 2007's Grindhouse.
In Nov. 2009 (5 years ago), the movie Nine, in which Ferguson has a supporting role, will be released in cinemas.
Music careerWild Orchid: 1991–2001
Ferguson was a member of the female trio Wild Orchid, which she fronted with Stefanie Ridel and fellow Kids Incorporated star Renee Sandstrom. Wild Orchid released two albums, but after completing a third album, their record label declined to release it, and she left the group shortly thereafter.
The Black Eyed Peas: 2003–present
In 2003 (11 years ago), the Black Eyed Peas were recording their third album, 2003's Elephunk, when William Adams invited Ferguson to try out for a song called "Shut Up". She got the gig and instantly bonded with the trio to record five additional songs on the album.
In the following spring, shortly before Elephunk came out, Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine had offered Ferguson a permanent spot to take over vocal duties and fill the spot left void by background singer Kim Hill, who had left the group in 2000 (14 years ago). When Adams (will.i.am) was asked to sum up his bandmates, he called Ferguson the "body" of the group.
After releasing her debut solo album, she and the Black Eyed Peas released their song "Boom Boom Pow" in late Mar. 2009 (5 years ago) which went to number-one in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 charts.
Solo career: 2006–present
After two successful Black Eyed Peas albums, Ferguson began pursuing a solo career. She recorded two songs for the Poseidon soundtrack and performed "Auld Lang Syne" in the film.
Her debut solo album, The Dutchess, was released on sep. 19, 2006 (8 years ago). The album's name is a misspelled variant of the former title of Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, with whom Ferguson shares a surname and popular nickname. The album is similar in style to that of the Black Eyed Peas, as fellow Peas member will.i.am is the album's executive producer.
The Dutchess, a mix of pop and R&B songs, spawned six hits for Ferguson, beginning with "London Bridge", "Fergalicious", "Glamorous", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Clumsy", and "Finally". "Big Girls Don't Cry" became Ferguson's first worldwide number-one single, and is her most successful single to date. Ferguson scored her fifth consecutive Top 5 hit from The Dutchess after "Clumsy" reached a peak position of number five on the Billboard Hot 100.
In addition to promoting her albums and singles, Ferguson appeared at Wembley Stadium on Jul. 1, 2007 (7 years ago), performing "Glamorous" and "Big Girls Don't Cry" in a concert for the late Princess Diana put on by her two sons Prince William and Prince Harry; the DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) of the concert was released Nov. 5, 2007 (7 years ago).
On Nov. 18, 2007 (7 years ago), Ferguson won the Pop or Rock "Favorite Female Artist" at the American Music Awards. In addition, her song "Big Girls Don't Cry" also earned Ferguson a Grammy nomination for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance", which she lost to Amy Winehouse. In dec. 2007 (7 years ago), Blender picked Ferguson as their woman of the year.
During the 2008 (6 years ago) broadcast of Idol Gives Back, Ferguson also performed with Ann Wilson of Heart. The two (with Nancy Wilson on guitar) performed "Barracuda".
The song "Labels or Love" was recorded for the Sex and the City movie soundtrack. In an Entertainment Weekly interview, director and writer Michael Patrick King stated that "it’s an entirely new song with lyrics, but it has the Sex and the City theme as the DNA — on steroids.”
Ferguson has also appeared on Nickelodeon's show Dance on Sunset. Ferguson has recently released an EP for download on iTunes featuring unreleased singles. The CD version was released on May 27, 2008 (6 years ago).
Ferguson collaborated with Japanese singer Kumi Koda on the song "That Ain't Cool". "That Ain't Cool" was featured on Kumi's single "Moon", released on Jun. 11, 2008 (6 years ago). The single debuted at number two on the Oricon Weekly Single Charts. She also performed a "duet" with Michael Jackson (60 walls) (her vocals mixed with Jackson's 1982 (32 years ago) recordings), "Beat It 2008" on Thriller 25, the 25th anniversary release of Jackson's iconic album Thriller. She also headlined the New Year's Eve party held at The Venetian and The Palazzo casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada on dec. 31, 2008 (6 years ago).
Ferguson will sing on Slash's solo album to be released in summer 2009 (5 years ago).
According to an interview by Ahlan! Live.com, Ferguson is currently making a movie, Nine in London, also starring Rob Marshall, Nicole Kidman (24 walls), Kate Hudson (12 walls), and Daniel Day Lewis. She also stated in the interview that her only present music project is one with the Black Eyed Peas; the band joined her in London to record. After London she is due to give a concert in Dubai.
Personal lifeFerguson married actor Josh Duhamel on Jan. 10, 2009 (5 years ago). They met and began dating in sep. 2004 (10 years ago) when she and her band appeared on Duhamel's show Las Vegas (in an episode titled "Montecito Lancers", which aired on Nov. 1, 2004 (10 years ago)). Ferguson and Duhamel reside in Brentwood, California in a house that they purchased together in 2007 (7 years ago).
In Apr. 2007 (7 years ago), she gave an interview in which she admitted that she went on a sex and drugs spree when she turned eighteen, saying: "I have had lesbian experiences in the past. I won't say how many men I've had sex with — but I am a very sexual person." In dec. 2007 (7 years ago), when asked "Bisexuality and homosexuality are often either frowned or mocked upon in certain circles. Does that bother you?", she replied "No, it doesn’t bother me. I’m just me." In May 2009 (5 years ago), Ferguson revealed that she was bisexual.
Ferguson has stated in several interviews that she is an avid user of hypnotherapy, which she uses to stave off drug cravings and to relax.
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