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Singer/songwriter Nelly Furtado heavily credits her ethnic background and childhood for culturally and crucially spawning her creativity as a female and as an inspiring musician. Born and raised in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Furtado's working-class parents, whom are of Portuguese decent, instilled a hardcore work ethic during her upbringing.

Like the title of her first hit, Canadian-based, Portuguese-born singer-songwriter Nelly Furtado arrived on the pop music scene like a bird in the fall of 2000, delivering a fresh and interesting sound to playlists filled with cookie-cutter boy bands and pretty but empty pop tarts.

The fact that Furtado's music was not only radio-friendly, but had actual depth and meaning likely stemmed from the fact that she can sing and play several instruments, including guitar and ukulele, and began writing songs at the mere at of 12. Adding to her appeal is a diverse list of influences, ranging from mainstream pop, R&B and hip-hop (Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Salt-N-Pepa) to the more adventurous modern rock sounds favored by her older brother (Radiohead, Portishead and the Verve).

Nelly Furtado (born December 2, 1978 in Victoria, British Columbia) is a Canadian singer-songwriter, who has been one of Canada's most visible pop stars in recent years. She won a Grammy in February 2002 for her debut hit song, "I'm Like a Bird".

One of three children to Portuguese parents, Furtado learned to play trombone and ukulele at the age of nine, keyboard at 11, and began composing her own songs at 13. She then formed a trip-hop group called Nelstar, which allowed her to play eight dates on "the village stage" at Lilith Fair.

Some of her songs feature lyrics in Portuguese and Hindi.
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Nelly also gave birth to a little girl named Nevis, on September 20, 2003.

On performing one night at Toronto nightclub Lee's Palace, Furtado hooked up with Philosopher Kings singer Gerald Eaton. Eaton became an important collaborator, co-producing Furtado's debut album, Whoa, Nelly!, when she signed with DreamWorks.

Her style, described by Toronto Sun writer Jane Stevenson as a cross between Macy Gray and Ivana Santilli, incorporates pop, trip-hop, bossa nova, soul, R&B, hip-hop and folk, and was a result of her urge to move beyond the kinds of music that had always emotionally moved her. She has mentioned Cornershop, Beck and Finley Quaye as factors in her sound.

Before her record deal, her music was slightly gloomy, along the lines of Portishead and Radiohead. After awhile, she tired of all her songs being depressing. She has been quoted that: "...then I realized good music does not have to be sad, it can be poppy and wonderful and fun, and that's the kind of record I want to make."

Perhaps as a nod to her diverse influences, Furtado was invited to open for U2 and perform on Moby's Area:One Tour alongside the techno-rocker. Furtado also scored some awards for her work, including Canadian Juno Awards for best new solo artist and best songwriter in 2001 and a Grammy in 2002 for best female pop performance ("Like A Bird.")

Her second album, Folklore, was released in 2003, which included For├ža (Force), the official anthem of Euro 2004.

She has also been associated with the band Swollen Members who are old friends from British Columbia.

Discography
2000 "Whoa, Nelly!"; #24 US, #2 UK
2003 "Folklore"; #38 US, #11 UK

Hit singles
2001 "I'm Like a Bird" #9 US, #5 UK
2001 "Turn off the Light" #5 US, #4 UK
2002 "On the Radio (Remember the Days)" #18 UK
2002 "Hey, Man"
2003 "Powerless (Say What You Want)" #13 UK
2004 "Try" #15 UK
2004 "Forca" #40 UK
2004 "Explode"
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