Avril Lavigne : Biography
Avril Ramona Lavigne (born September 27, 1984) is one of the most popular new pop punk singer/songwriters of recent years with eight hit singles and two world-wide number-one albums to her credit, and is well-known for her "skater punk" persona.
Born in Belleville, Ontario to conservative Franco-Ontarian Catholic parents (John and Judy Lavigne), Lavigne grew up in Napanee singing country music and in a church choir and taught herself guitar. She was discovered by her first professional manager while singing country covers at a Chapters bookstore in Kingston, Ontario. By the age of sixteen, she was signed by then A&R rep Ken Krongard of Arista Records who invited his boss, Arista head, L.A. Reid, to hear her sing in a New York studio. She then completed work on her first album.
Avril Lavigne: Career
Apparently, early attempts to co-write songs for her failed to meet her approval, and she eventually moved to Los Angeles, California and co-wrote her album with Clif Magness and songwriting team The Matrix, whose previous work included songs for Sheena Easton and Christina Aguilera. Her first album, Let Go, was released by Arista on June 4, 2002, and was certified "Quadruple Platinum" less than six months later by the Recording Industry Association of America. She was named "Best New Artist" at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards and at the 2003 Juno Awards, where she led all musicians with six nominations, winning four Junos. She also has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards but has not won any to date.
Avril Lavigne: Albums
Under My Skin (2005), Under My Skin (2004), I Always Get What I Want (2004), Nobody's Home (2004), He Wasn't (2004), Avril Live: Try To Shut ... (2003), My World (2003) ,Let Go (2002), Sing Like Avril Lavigne,... (2004) , Nobody's Home (2005), He Wasn't (2005), Fall To Pieces (2005), He Wasn't (2005), Nobody's Home (2005), Don't Tell Me (2004) , Nobody's Home (2004) , Don't Tell Me (2004), Losing Grip (2003) , I'm With You (2003), I'm With You (2003), Complicated (2002) , Sk8er Boi (2002)