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Fefe Dobson Biography

Fefe Dobson

Biography


Date of Birth
28 December 1985, Scarborough, Ontario, Canada

Birth Name
Feilica Lynn Dobson

Height
5' 1½" (1.56 m)

Trivia
  • Won the Smooth Operator Award at the 2nd Annual TRL Awards (2004).
  • Nominated for 3 Muchmusic Video Awards in 2004, "Best Pop Video", "Boldest Breakout Award", and "People's Choice Favourite Canadian Artist".
  • Won the "Best New Solo Artist (CHR)" at the Canadian Radio Music Awards (2004).
  • Attended the MTV Rock n' Jock Football Event (January 01 2004) with fellow celeb's, Tara Reid, Nick Lachey, Maria Menounos, Nicole Richie, Chingy, and Nick Cannon.
  • Fefe dedicated the song "8x10" to her "not so secret crush", Craig Nicholls of The Vines. The song is featured on her debut album.
  • Within the first 30 seconds after Fefe began to sing at her auditions for Island Records, they wanted to sign her.
  • Her single "Take Me Away" was streamed over 100,000 times in its first week on AOL.
  • Self titled debut album hit record stores (December 9th 2003).
  • Lists Judy Garland and Kurt Cobain as some of her biggest influences.
  • Toured with Justin Timberlake in the UK (December 2003).
  • Was suppose to perform with J.C. Chasez for the half time show at NFL Pro Bowl game in Hawaii. But both performers's shows were cancelled, due to the Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake controversey that happened at the Super Bowl (February 2004).
  • Siblings: 1 older sister: Tanya and 2 younger brothers: Sheldon and Cullen.
  • Played played "Dorothy" in her 5th grade production of "The Wizard Of Oz".
  • As well as multi-talented music, film and television star Hilary Duff, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Ashanti, two-time Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling superstar Usher Raymond, she headlined the musical entertainment at the NBA All-Star Read to Achieve Celebration.
  • Her mother is Scottish, Irish, Dutch, Indian and English. Her father is Jamaican and Asian.
  • Elementary School: Tom Longboat Junior Public School
  • Jr. High School: Heritage Senior Public School
  • High School Wexford C.I.: School for the performing arts in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada.
  • Her debut album, "Fefe Dobson" debuted at #1 on Billboard's Heatseeker's Chart and #111 on the Billboard 200. It peaked at #67 on the Billboard 200.
  • Loves to dance to the Flashdance (1983) soundtrack.
  • Number 43, in the "One Hundred Sexiest Women in the entertainment business by Smooth Magazine" (Sept 2004).
  • Was offered a record deal at 16 years old with Britney Spears's label, Jive Records, but turned it down because they wanted her to sing pop and R&B, whereas she wanted to sing rock music. Two years later, she got a contract with Island Def Jam Records and was able to be herself.
  • Is good friends with Ashlee Simpson.
  • Is good friends with Nicole Richie, the two met after both taking part in the MTV Rock n' Jock Football Event.
  • Nominated for 2 Juno's, "Best New Artist" and "Best Pop Album" (April 2005)
  • Within three months of the release of her debut album "Fefe Dobson", her album went Platinum in Canada, and Gold in America.
  • On her second album "Sunday Love", Fefe hooked up with the likes of Matthew Wilder (producer of No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom"), Billy Steinberg and Dallas Austin. She also got together with ex-Marilyn Manson guitarist John5, Cyndi Lauper, ex-Veruca Salt singer Nina Gordon, Rancid's Tim Armstrong, ex-Letters to Cleo singer Kaye Han, Joan Jett, and even Courtney Love, herself, during the early songwriting stages.
  • Has said if she has it her way the three bands she would most love to tour with are, The Donnas, Greenday, and My Chemical Romance.
  • Friends with fellow Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne.
  • Her song "Truth Anthem" was used as the theme in the War Child commercials.
  • Signed with Island Records with fellow artists Sum 41, Mariah Carey, The Killers, Christina Milian and Daniel Bedingfield, to name a few.
  • Enjoys H&M Clothing.
  • Her album "Sunday Love" was originally set for a September 20th, 2005 release, then was pushed to October 25th, 2005. Fefe felt her album wasn't finished yet, so she returned to the recording studio and recorded 5 new tracks for the album that is now set for a June 20th, 2006 release.
  • Shot a photo shoot for Eastsport backpacks, she is part of a campaign that's coming out fall 2006.
  • Performed the Canadian national anthem at The NBA All Star game in Houston, Texas (February 18th, 2006).
  • Was originally supposed to release her second album "Sunday Love" June 20th, 2006 but she left her record label Island Records, along with close friend and singer Christina Millian. She is currently between American Lables and plans to have her highly anticipated sophomore album released in the fall 2006. (July 2006)
  • Since leaving Island Records in June 2006, Fefe has moved away from her album "Sunday Love" due to the fact that her former label owns the rights to the album. Fefe is now recording an entirely new album in her hometown of Toronto with the help of her Candian label Universial Music Canada. She is in talks with an American label to release her new album to the rest of North America and the world.
  • She joined Nelly Furtado, Justin Timberlake, Mya, Richard Gere and Alicia Keys for a new documentary entitled "Staying Alive-48fest" a film about HIV/AIDS, which premiered on all global MTV networks around the world on December 1st, 2006 - Worlds AIDS Day.
  • She has been working hard through 2008 in recording her second released album since being dropped by Island Records and not being able to release her follow up album "Sunday Love" since her debut album in 2006. She decided to write and record an entirely new record in Toronto, she is attached to both a Canadian and American label (that has yet to be released). The first single "Set Me Free" which she performed live at Earth Hour concert in Toronto will be released in June 2008 with her new album being released in July 2008.
  • Her album JOY goes certified GOLD (June 2011).
  • Won the MMVA (Much Music Video Award) for Ur Fave Video for her huge hit single "Stutterin" (June 2011).
  • Touring across America to promote her upcoming album, "Sunday Love". [October 2005]
  • Doing her promo tour with Radio gigs, one after the other. All over North America to promote her upcoming album "Sunday Love" which comes out June 20th, 2006. [April 2006]
  • Currently recording material for her new album. [June 2008]
  • Currently in recording studio working on her second album. [September 2004]
  • Wrapping up her American Promo Tour, to promote her upcoming album "Sunday Love". [November 2005]
  • Completed work on her 3rd studio album (her second album to be released since her debut in 2003). She currently resides in Toronto, Ontario. [May 2009]
  • Released "Don't Let It Go To Your Head" from her album "Sunday Love". [July 2005]
  • In Toronto, Ontario and surrounding cities performing at promotional concerts to promote her upcoming album "Sunday Love". [July 2005]
  • Released her music video to her single "Don't Let It Go To Your Head", from her album "Sunday Love". [October 2005]
  • Quotes
  • "I believe that we should be able to marry whom ever we choose. As long as both people are willing...I say go for it!" (On gay marriages).
  • "I get my clothes in vintage stores! I love puma jackets, and I love my converse shoes. I love Levis, and diesel jeans! I don't shop at Roots Canada!" (On where she shops).
  • "My old life is still my new life cause I'm still the same gal!" (On her new life as a rock star).
  • The things that drive me are poverty, and pain, and knowing that I don't want to end up being alone and I want to do something with my life and I want the name Dobson to remain in everyone's heads. Basically, just to rock and be the best performer I can be, and be true, and be real, and give people the real Fefe, nothing fake, all real.
  • It's like I've experienced quite a weird and unusual life, you know, being with a mom who's a single parent and struggling with money and things like that. It's really hard. And it brings a lot of other insecurities in life and a lot of other issues in life, in school and a bunch of other things."
  • "In the booth where I was singing, I had inspirational posters up: Coldplay, Jeff Buckley, the Vines, Judy Garland, and of course, Nirvana. I felt like, they've done it, and now I'm doing it. It gave me an extra boost." (On who inspires her)
  • When you're young you don't think, 'This person is going to change your life.' But when you start recording your own songs, it comes back and reminds you.
  • "This is such a wonderful thing for me to work with new people and get fresh ideas. I will keep everyone in the loop with everything, and I will let you know when Sunday Love has a new release date." (on leaving Island Records and addressing her fans on her new album).



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