Nelly Kim Furtado was born on December 2, 1978 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. Her mother, Maria Manuela, was a church choir singer and her father, António José was a big fan of the Portuguese music called "fado". As a child, Nelly accompanied her mother on her job as a housekeeper. Furtado's musical promise surfaced early, and she played various instruments such as the ukulele and trombone as well as dancing and singing. At the age of four, she performed a duet with her mother at church in celebration of Portugal Day. She was part of a jazz band, a concert band, and a marching band in addition to appearing in school plays and musicals. When Furtado was eight, she received a tape recorder and microphone as a gift. This gift and her fascination with hip-hop groups such as TLC, Bel Biv Devoe, Ice-T, and Mariah Carey led her to experiment with the sampling techniques used by those acts. When she was 18, Furtado entered a talent show for young female urban performers held in Toronto, the Honey Jam. Her performance caught the eye of the manager of the Philosopher Kings, a funk/pop group. Furtado recorded a track with the help of Gerald Eaton and Brian West (of the Philosopher Kings). Impressed with what they heard, Eaton and West persuaded Furtado to return to Toronto to cut more tracks. Their work paid off when Furtado landed a record contract with DreamWorks Records and eventually recorded her debut album, Whoa Nelly! Furtado toured in support of that album and also played the Lilith Fair, an all-female musical showcase. Subsequent albums have received critical acclaim and further demonstrated Furtado's aim of exploring the world through music.
Nelly Furtado's daughter Nevis Chetan Furtado, with Jasper Gahunia, was born on September 20, 2003. Furtado and Gahunia remained together for several years before their break-up in 2005. Daughter Nevis is one quarter Filipino, one quarter Asian Indian, and one half Portuguese.
Whoa, Nelly! Released: October 26, 2000 Genre: Pop, folk, trip hop, world music Producers: Nelly Furtado, Gerald Eaton, Brian West, Jon Levine Peak: US: #24; UK: #2; AUS: #4; CAN: #2; GER: #14; NZ: #5 iTunes, Amazon 4x platinum - CAN
3x platinum - NZ
2x platinum - UK, IRE, US
Platinum - SWI, POR
Tracklist of "Whoa, Nelly!"
1. "Hey, Man!"
2. "**** on the Radio (Remember the Days)"
CAN: #14; UK: #18; AUS: #53; NZ: #5; GER: #67
6. "Turn Off the Light"
US: #5; CAN: #7; UK: #4; AUS: #7; NZ: #1; GER: #31
7. "Trynna Finda Way"
9. "Well, Well"
10. "My Love Grows Deeper" (Part 1)
11. "I Will Make U Cry"
12. "Scared of You"
"I Feel You" (featuring Esthero)
"My Love Grows Deeper" (single/Non LP version)
Folklore Released: November 23, 2003 Genre: Folk, folk rock, pop, soft rock, world, blue-eyed soul Producers: Nelly Furtado, Gerald Eaton, Brian West, Lil' Jaz, Mike Elizondo Peak: US: #38; UK: #11; AUS: #82; CAN: #18; GER: #4 iTunes, Amazon Platinum - CAN, SWI
Gold - US, UK, NZ, POR
11. "Wait for You" 12. "All Good Things (Come to an End)"
US: #86; UK: #4; AUS: #12; CAN: #5; NZ: #12; GER: #1
"Let My Hair Down"
"Somebody to Love"
"What I Wanted"
Mi Plan Released: September 11, 2009 Genre: Latin pop, pop rock Producers: Nelly Furtado, James Bryan, Julieta Venegas, Lester Mendez, Brian West, The Demolition Crew, Salaam Remi Peak: US: #39; AUS: #6; GER: #5 iTunes, Amazon 2x Platinum - Chile
Platinum - US (Latin)
Gold - GER, SWI, POL
Tracklist of "Mi Plan"
1. "Manos al aire"
3. "Mi plan" (featuring Alex Cuba)
4. "Sueños" (featuring Alejandro Fernández) 5. "Bajo otra luz" (featuring Julieta Venegas and La Mala Rodríguez)
7. "Suficiente tiempo" 8. "Fuerte" (featuring Concha Buika)
9. "Silencio" (featuring Josh Groban)
10. "Como lluvia" (featuring Juan Luis Guerra)
11. "Feliz cumpleaños"
"Fantasmas" (hidden track, starts 5 minutes and 11 seconds into "Feliz Cumpleaños")
Greatest hits album: The Best Of Nelly Furtado Released: November 12, 2010 Producers of new songs: Salaam Remi, Staybent Krunk-A-Delic, Lester Mendez Peak: UK: #53; GER: #20 iTunes, Amazon Gold - POL
New tracks on "The Best of Nelly Furtado"
1. Girlfriend in the City 2. Night Is Young
The Spirit Indestructible Released: September 14, 2012 Genre: Pop Producers: Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Salaam Remi, Andre Lindal, Chris Zane, Michael Angelakos, Bob Rock, Rick Nowels, Nelly Furtado, DK, Fraser T. Smith, Di Genius, John Shanks, The Demolition Crew, Tiësto Peak: US: #79; UK: #46; CAN: #18; GER: #3 iTunes, Amazon
Yes! Can't wait!!!
What are your favourite Nelly songs?
My favourite are Say It Right, All Good Things...(pretty much the whole Loose ), Stars, Powerless, Try, I'm Like a Bird, Turn Off The Lights, **** on the Radio, Explode, ...and many others!
Nelly is so amazing! I really like listening to her songs. Her voice is magic and universal. She can pull any genre.
I remember when I first saw Maneater on TV, I was so shocked.
I was like, wow she's changed so much. She looked so hot and the song just *****.
My local radio stations were playing "All Good Things" & "Maneater"....I knew AGT was sung by Nelly, but I had absolutely no idea who sings "Maneater" but I really loved that song! That awkward moment when I found out that "Maneater" is also sung by Nelly