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About Avril Lavigne
Punk-pop singer-songwriter Avril Ramona Lavigne was born September 27, 1984, in Belleville, Ontario and raised by deeply religious parents in Napanee, Ontario. As a child, Avril taught herself how to play the guitar and sang everywhere she could, including church. She was discovered at 14 and by 16 had a contract with Arista Records.
“It was her voice and her songwriting,” L.A. Reid, head of Arista Records, told The Guardian newspaper. “And she’s a dynamite-looking girl with an amazing attitude.”
Avril dropped out of high school and moved to New York to pursue her career. She first focused on country, but it quickly became apparent that she was more rock. She moved to L.A. and recorded her first album, “Let Go.” The album was a huge hit, becoming the third-biggest-selling album of 2002, with hit singles “Complicated” and “Sk8er Boi.” It also earned her five Grammy nominations. Avril’s skate-punk look also created a sensation, and some dubbed her the anti-Britney, as she stood out from teen pop stars.
“In the beginning some people expected me to be like Britney (Spears) and Christina (Aguilera) and take my clothes off, but I was never going to strip for anyone,” Avril told the UK’s Daily Mail. “I’ve never conformed to what people think a female pop star should be. I had my own look going on.”
In 2004 Avril’s second album “Under My Skin” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts and featured hit singles “Don’t Tell Me” and “My Happy Ending.” As she left her teen years, she softened her look, appeared in Harper’s Bazaar and made People’s 50 Most Beautiful People list in 2006. “When you go from 17 to 21, you change a lot. Every girl does. I’m just growing up,” Avril told People.
The following year Avril released her third album, “The Best Damn Thing,” again hitting No. 1 on the charts, and again with a hit single, “Girlfriend.” More albums followed including 2011’s “Goodbye Lullaby” and 2013’s “Avril Lavigne.” She has also written songs for other artists, including Kelly Clarkson, Demi Lovato, and Leona Lewis as well as for movie soundtracks, including Sweet Home Alabama, Bruce Almighty, Legally Blonde 2, and The Princess Diaries 2.
Outside of music, Avril launched Abbey Dawn, a youthful collection of apparel and accessories. She has her own fragrance, Black Star, and started The Avril Lavigne Foundation to help young people with serious illnesses and disabilities.
Avril married Nickleback’s Chad Kroeger in 2012. She had previously been married to Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley.