Birth Date: September 27, 1984
Birth Place: Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Height: 5' 3" (1.60 m)
Education: High school (dropped out)
Profession: Canadian singer, actress
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Born on September 27, 1984 in Belleville, Ontario Avril Lavigne is a Canadian pop punk singer, songwriter and an actress. Avril Lavigne is best known for her albums, "Let Go" (2002) and "Under My Skin" (2004).
At the age of five, moved to Napanee, Ontario, and started singing there in a church. Also learned guitar on her own. Avril was discovered first by her first professional manager, Cliff Fabri. While also got the attention of Steve Medd, who invited her to sing on his song "Touch The Sky" for his album "Quinte Spirit" (1999) and later sang "Temple Of Life" and "Two Rivers" for his album "My Window To You" (2000).
At the age of 16 signed by Arista Records. Her first debut album came with the age of 17 called "Let Go (2002)". She has also co-written the songs for this album. "Let Go" contain four songs become all hits. It also earned 5 Grammy nominations, MTV music awards, MTV European music awards, won four Juno Awards and many more.
"Under My Skin" Avril's second album was released in May 25, 2004. This album also earned many awards including two World Music Awards (2004), World's Best-Selling Canadian Artist, 5 Juno Award nominations (2005), Fan Choice Award and many more.
Lavigne was signed by Ford Models in January 2006. Also appeared on the Harpers Bazaar Fashion Magazine (February edition). While her new album is going to release in November of 2006.
Avril is currently engaged to Deryck Whibley (a singer from band "Sum 41") from June 2005.
Avril Lavigne was born on September 27, 1984, in Belleville, Ontario, Canada to John and Judy Lavigne. Avril's parents are of Franco-Ontarian Roman Catholic descent. Avril has one young sister Michelle and an older brother Matthew. At the age of 5, Avril's family moved to Napanee, Ontario, Canada. Avril started singing there in a church "choir". She also learned guitar on herself.
When she was singing country covers at a Chapters bookstore in Kingston, Ontario, she was discovered first by her first professional manager, Cliff Fabri. She got the attention of the local folksinger Steve Medd, when she was performing with the Lennox Community Theatre. After that Steve Medd invitd her to sing on his song "Touch The Sky" for his album "Quinte Spirit" (1999). Also has sung "Temple Of Life" and "Two Rivers" for his album "My Window To You" (2000).
At the age of 16, she was signed by Ken Krongard (the artists-and-repertoire (A&R) representative of Arista Records). Avril started writing the songs also. Later Avril moved to Los Angeles, California, where she co-written the songs for her album with Cliff Magness and the songwriting team The Matrix. She described her debut album "Let Go" as a pop album, was released by Arista Records on June 4, 2002. The album made a huge success, in US it reached to No. 2, while in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom it reached to No. 1 position. With this she became the youngest female soloist to have a No. 1 album in the UK until Joss Stone's album "Mind, Body & Soul" in 2004.
The album containing four singles, all became hit. Song "Complicated" became No.1 in Australia while No. 2 on the US Hot 100, other song "Sk8er Boi" became the top 10 in the U.S. and Australia and No. 1 in Canada; "I'm With You" became top 5 in the US, while "Losing Grip" became No. 1 in Canada. It became the best-selling Canadian singles of 2002. "Let Go" earned 5 Grammy nominations, MTV music awards, MTV European music awards, won four Juno Awards and many more. It has sold millions of copies worldwide.
On May 25, 2004 Avril's second album was released called "Under My Skin". Avril has co-written most of the songs with Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, some tracks are co-written by Lavigne and Ben Moody, and some with her former lead guitarist Evan Taubenfeld.
The song "Don't Tell Me" reached No. 1 in Argentina, top 5 in UK and Canada and top 10 in Australia and Brazil. "My Happy Ending" became top 10 in US, "Nobody's Home" didn't make top 40, while "He Wasn't" was No. 1 in Canada. Also earned many awards including two World Music Awards (2004), World's Best-Selling Canadian Artist, 5 Juno Award nominations (2005), Fan Choice Award and many more.
Avril co-written "Breakaway". The song was sang by Kelly Clarkson for the film "The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement" in 2004. The song was also included in Kelly's second album. It becomes No. 6 in US.
In 2006, Avril is going to make her film debut in the animated film "Over the Hedge (Voice)". She is acting in the Richard Gere film "The Flock". Also acting in "Fast Food Nation" with Patricia Arquette, Bobby Cannavale, Ethan Hawke and Greg Kinnear. She has also performed at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics (Turin, Italy).
Relationship: Avril is engaged to Deryck Whibley (june 2005) from the pop punk band "Sum 41". It was also reported that Avril was romantically involved with Colburn in 2003.
Avril was signed by Ford Models in January 2006. She was appeared on the February edition of Harpers Bazaar Fashion Magazine. Her new album is due out in November of 2006.
Avril Lavigne - Filmography
Avril Lavigne - Composer Filmography
Year Movie/TV/Program Song
2006 Rick Hansen: Heart of a Dragon (pre-production) -
2004 "The Greatest Canadian" (mini) TV Series "sk8er boi"
2004 Wimbledon "Mobile"
2004 The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement "I Always Get What I Want", "Breakaway"
2004 New York Minute "Complicated"
2003 "Tru Calling" TV Series "My Happy Ending"
2003 Uptown Girls "Complicated"
2003 American Wedding "I Don't Give"
2003 Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde "Nobody's Fool"
2003 Bruce Almighty "I'm With You"
2003 Just Married "Mobile"
2002 Sweet Home Alabama "Falling Down"
2002 Much Music Video Music Awards (TV) -
2000 "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (TV Series episode: "Mea Culpa") "Don't Tell Me"
1998 "Felicity" TV Series -
Avril Lavigne - Actress Filmography
Year Movie Role
2006 Over the Hedge (filming) Heather, Ozzie's Daughter (voice)
2004 Avril Lavigne, Bonez World Tour 2004/2005 (V) Vocals
2003 Sarah McLachlan: Custom Concert (TV) Guest Performer
2003 Hang Time Steph
2001 "Live at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame" TV Series -
Avril Lavigne - Quotes
"I don't believe war is a way to solve problems. I think it's wrong. I don't have respect for the people that made the decisions to go on with war. I don't have that much respect for Bush. He's about war, I'm not about war - a lot of people aren't about war."
"I won't change anything because I think the most important thing is being yourself and that's what I'm going to continue to do."
"I rejected some gorgeous publicity shots because they just didn't look like me. I won't wear skanky clothes that show off my booty, my belly or boobs. I have a great body. I could be Britney. I could be better than Britney."
"I was at a club and some girl was giving me attitude. She pushed me and I got her down on the floor. Security came, and because I was on top, they threw me out."
"I've been through a lot, I've learned a lot, and experienced a lot both good and bad. These songs are about all of that, and each is very personal to me."
"I'm sure she's really nice and sweet. I'm sure she's all smiles."
"You should be happy that these people like you and look up to you."
"I was eating bad stuff. Lots of sugar and carbs, junk food all the time. It makes you very irritated."
"I created Punk for this day and age. Do you see Britney walking around wearing ties and singing punk? Hell no. That's what I do. I'm like a Sid Vicious for a new generation."