Nelly Furtado Profile
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Nelly Furtado

Famous As
Singer
Birth Name
Nelly Kim Furtado
Birth Date
Dec 2, 1978
Birth Place
Victoria, Canada
Famous As
Singer
Popular for
Album "Whoa, Nelly!" (2000)
Birth Name
Nelly Kim Furtado
Birth Date
Dec 2, 1978
Birth Place
Victoria, Canada
Height
5' 1"
Nationality
Canadian
Eye Color
Blue
Education
  • Graduated from Mount Douglas Secondary School in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Father
Antonio Jose Furtado
Mother
Maria Manuela Furtado
Brother
Michael Anthony Furtado
Sister
Lisa Anne Furtado
Spouse
Demacio Castellon (sound engineer, 19-Jul-08 - 2016)
Relation
Jasper Gahunia (aka DJ Lil Jaz, 2005)
Daughter
Nevis (b. 20-Sep-03)

Making a good start in her return to music industry with her third full-length album of "Loose" which superbly soared to the 1st rank of The Billboard 200 in its first week on the chart, Nelly Kim Furtado, unlike the LP's title, looks eager to do everything to keep her grasp stayed firm and tight in the business for sure judging from some moves she has set to carry out during the year 2006. Included in the list are few live gigs in her homeland, Canada, by the month of July which cover the cities of Trois-Rivieres, Calgary, Ottawa, and Edmonton followed by others at Summersonic Festival in Osaka and Tokyo, Japan on August 12 and 13, respectively alongside the likes of Tool, Muse, Matisyahu, plus AFI. However, among these worth to earn greater attention from fans presumably could be her first major starring role opposite Brad Renfro in Jason Lehel's indie feature of "Nobody's Hero" aimed to be released later of the year as they wait patiently for the coming out of her 4th single from "Loose", "Te Buque."

A versatile music artist regarded for her eclectic beats and impressive songwriting skills, Nelly was born on December 2, 1978 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada into a working class Azorean-Portuguese family with strong musical heritage. Apart from her father who is an avid fan of Portuguese music style called Fado, her mother used to sing in the church choir while her late grandfather once was a skilled player of several instruments; even his brother, Nelly's great-uncle, had been known to be a noted Portuguese marching band score composer in his village. As this background certainly gave the girl such huge influence in her life, it therefore was not so surprising to see her being heavily involved in music at a very young age subsequently, already singing in both English and Portuguese besides playing ukulele by the age of 4.

Though her talent in music had been visible for everyone to see ever since, moreover after she eagerly spent the next couple years to broaden her skills not only in mastering more instruments but also in singing, dancing, and writing songs, Nelly did not yet encounter much good chance to begin her first step in real music world until she went to Toronto in her eleventh grade. Bumping into a member of hip-hop crew Plains of Fascination named Tallis Newkirk there, she then was asked to contribute vocals to one of the troupe's 1996 album tracks entitled "Waitin' 4 the Streets" and from this point, the pact between the two thus was formed as they afterwards established a trip-hop duo Nelstar in 1997. However, the blue-eyed beauty soon found out that her heart actually did not lie in the group, so she finally decided to leave it shortly thereafter with a plan to head back for her hometown.

Unbeknownst to Nelly, fate apparently had another idea on her upon seeing the teen impulsively took time to join a female, mostly-black talent show of the Honey Jam at a nightclub in Toronto named Lee's Palace prior to her return. There attracted the attention of The Philosopher Kings singer Gerald Eaton, she immediately was approached by the man to later be assisted in making a demo tape of which process was also handled by fellow Kings member, Brian West. To her surprise, the work unexpectedly made its way to DreamWorks Records and within a short time, she thus found herself signed under the company by 1999 to subsequently have her debut album, "Whoa, Nelly!" released on October 24 the following year. Delivering an innovative mixture of various genres also sounds, the record sure was quick to draw great notice from critics and listeners that huge praise satisfyingly became one inevitable aspect it had to receive continuously.

The impact of course was tremendous for the album really did not land any difficulty to reach its peak on the 1st rank of Billboard's Heatseekers to then penetrate the top 30 of The Billboard 200 in 2001 while along the way spawning 3 massive hits of "I'm Like a Bird", "Turn off the Light", and "Shit on The Radio (Remember the Days)." The former track even directed the singer to gloriously obtain a Grammy Award by 2002 in the category of Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, thereby solidly completed her accomplishment to finally embrace the vast recognition she certainly deserved to receive then. Though unmistakably shone under the spotlight afterwards, it was not until November 2003 that Nelly was seen bringing out her sophomore album to the surface, partly because of her giving birth to daughter Nevis, whom she conceived with her then-boyfriend, Jasper Gahunia aka DJ Lil' Jaz, in September.

Entitled "Folklore", the LP unfortunately could not repeat the glory its predecessor had scored yet this piece of work still drew quite a sweet result since it managed to earn Gold status within a month besides generated a modest hit song namely "Powerless (Say What You Want)." Nevertheless, this apparently prompted Nelly to strive higher in the industry as she spent the next few years to carefully work on her subsequent record involving notable names like Timbaland, Chris Martin, and Juanes in the song-composition process. Her effort delightfully was proven worthy when the first outing of it, a single titled "Promiscuous", amazingly soared to the second rank of The Billboard Hot 100 on its sixth week on the chart after being launched on April 25, 2006 in the States and Canada. Her third studio album "Loose" was released on June 20 under to a fantastic outcome, especially in Canada. Besides being certified 4 times platinum in May 2007, the album also brought Nelly five winnings at 2007 Juno Awards including Album of the Year.

She was seen close to Timbaland ever since, appearing on the producer's single called 'Give It to Me' that also features Justin Timberlake and reached #1 in several countries. In June 2007 she announced an engagement to Cuban sound engineer, Demacio "Demo" Castellon, who also took part in 'Loose'.