Avril Ramona Lavigne (born 27 September 1984) is a Canadian singer, songwriter, actress, fashion designer and philanthropist. She was born in Belleville, Ontario, but spent her childhood in Napani.
When she was 15, she first appeared on stage with Shania Twain, and at the age of 16 she signed a two-album deal with Arista (now RCA Records) worth more than $ 2 million. At the age of 17, Lavigne entered the music scene with her first album, Let Go, released in 2002.
Let Go made Lavigne the youngest soloist to climb # 1 in the United Kingdom, and the album received four platinum certifications from the Recording Industry Association of America. By 2009, the album had sold over 16 million copies worldwide.
Her single, “Complicated”, peaked at # 1 in many countries around the world, as did her album Let Go. Her second album, Under My Skin, was released in 2004 and is her first album to reach # 1 on the Billboard 200 in the United States with more than 10 million copies sold worldwide.
The Best Damn Thing, Lavigne’s third album, was released in 2007, becoming her third album to rise to # 1 on the UK Album Charts and including her first US Billboard Hot 100 # 1 single, “Girlfriend”. Lavigne has five singles worldwide topping the charts, including “Complicated“, “Sk8er Boi”, “I’m With You“, “My Happy Ending” and “Girlfriend“.
With more than 30 million copies of her albums sold worldwide, Lavigne is currently one of the top-selling album artists in the United States, with more than 10.25 million copies certified by RIAA. Her fourth studio album, Goodbye Lullaby, was released on March 8, 2011.
Goodbye Lullaby was Lavigne’s fourth album to top the Billboard 200 in the United States and the UK Albums Chart, as well as number one in Japan and Australia. Three months after the release of Goodbye Lullaby, Lavigne began working on her fifth studio album.
In addition to recording music, she also stars in movies, designs clothes and perfumes. She lent her voice to the character for the animated film Over the Hedge in 2006.
That same year, she made her live debut in Fast Food Nation. In 2008, Lavigne showed off her clothing line, Abbey Dawn, and in 2009 released her first Black Star perfume, followed by her second perfume, Forbidden Rose, in 2010. In July 2006, Lavigne married her boyfriend to who was in a relationship for two years, Derrick Wable, lead singer and guitarist of Sum 41.
The marriage lasted three years, and then in October 2009, the two divorced. Webley and Lavigne went on to work together on her fourth album, as well as on Lavigne’s single “Alice”, written for Tim Burton’s film Alice in Wonderland.
Avril Ramona Lavigne was born in Belleville, Ontario, the daughter of a working-class family. Her father, Jean-Claude Lavigne, who is of French Canadian descent, gave her the name “Avril”, which translates from April to April.
When she was two years old, Lavigne began singing church songs with her mother, Judith-Rosan “Judy” (maiden name Bad). Judy recognized her two-year-old daughter’s talent after hearing her sing “Jesus Loves Me” in church. Lavigne has an older brother, Matthew, and a younger sister, Michelle, who annoyed Lavigne when she sang, “My brother knocked on the wall because I sang lullabies myself, and it annoyed him.”
When Lavigne was five, her family moved to Napani, Ontario, a city of 5,000. Although she tried to attract attention in the school where she attended, sometimes she was even expelled from classes because of her behavior, her parents supported her in her intention to sing.
Her father brought her a microphone, drums, keyboards, several guitars and made the basement of their house a studio. When Lavigne was 14, her parents took her to karaoke sessions.
Lavigne also performed locally, singing songs by Garth Brooks, The Dixie Chicks and Shania Twain. She also started writing her own songs. Her first song was called “Can’t Stop Thinking About You” and it was about teenage love.
In 1998, Lavigne won the Radio Award for performing with Canadian singer Shania Twain at the Corel Center (now Scotiabank Place) in Ottawa, in front of an audience of 20,000. Twain and Lavigne sang “What Made You Say That”, and Lavigne told Twain that she would be a “famous singer”.
During a performance at the Lennox Community Theater, Lavigne spotted local folk singer Stephen Med. He invited her to sing with him on his song, “Touch the Sky”, for his 1999 album, Quinte Spirit.
She later also sang “Temple of Life” and “Two Rivers” for his next album, My Window to You, in 2000. In December 1999, Lavigne was discovered by her first professional manager, Cliff Fabri, while singing country songs at a bookstore in Kingston, Ontario.
Fabry sent VHS tapes of Lavigne’s home performances to a number of people in the music industry. Mark Joowet, one of the inventors of the Canadian management firm Nettwerk, obtained a copy of a live karaoke performance by Avril Lavigne recorded in the basement of her parents’ house, and arranged for Lavigne to work with Peter Zico in New York for in the summer of 2000, where she wrote the song “Why?”. She was spotted by Arista Records during Lavigne’s trip to New York.
Lavigne sold more than 30 million copies of her albums worldwide, becoming one of the top-selling album artists in the United States, with more than 10.25 million RIAA-certified copies. In 2009, Billboard ranked Lavigne 10th in the Pop Artists of the Year 2000 chart, and she also ranked 28th in the Best Act of the Year based on album sales and chart success in the United States.
When Lavigne first received publicity, she was known for dressing as a man, usually for her tie. She preferred looser clothes, skater sneakers or Converse sneakers, gloves, and sometimes laces around her toes.
During photo shoots, she preferred “old, crumpled T-shirts” instead of “new clothes”. Due to her fashion and musical influences, she was often referred to by the media as a “pop punk princess“.
News and fans saw her as “anti-Britney” because of her less commercial and “real” image, but also because she was remarkably stubborn. “I’m not made up and no one tells me what to say or do, so they have to call me anti-Britney, which I am not.”
Only a few tattoos are unique to Lavigne; others match those of her friends. Lavigne tattooed a star on her left wrist that is very similar to the one used on her first album. It was made at the same time as her friend, musician Ben Moody, who has an identical tattoo.
In late 2004, she had a small pink heart around the letter “D” on her right wrist, short for her then-boyfriend, Derrick Wable. Lavigne and Wabley re-tattooed in March 2010 to celebrate Wabley’s 30th birthday.
In April, Lavigne added another tattoo to her wrist, thunder and number 30, and her boyfriend, Brody Jenner, also tattooed thunder under his ear.
Lavigne and Derrick Wabley, the lead singer and guitarist of the band Sum 41, started dating when she was 19 and had known each other for 17 years. Just weeks before they met, Lavigne said she had a problem meeting the boys because her bodyguards scared them. In June 2005, Wabley surprised Lavigne with a trip to Venice, where they rode a gondola, and on June 27, he proposed to her.
- Full Name: Avril Ramona Lavigne
- Date of Birth: September 27, 1984
- Nationality: Canadian, French
- Famous: Avril Lavigne School Dropouts
- Age: 35 Years, 35 Year Old Females
- Sun Sign: Libra
- Known As: Avril Ramona Lavigne
- Born Country: Canada
- Born In: Belleville, Canada
- Famous As: Singer-Songwriter
- Years active 1999–present
- Height: 5’1″ (155 cm), 5’1″ Females
- Spouse/Ex-: Chad Kroeger (2013-2015), Deryck Whibley (2006-2010)
- Father: Jean-Claude Lavigne, John Lavigne
- Mother: Judith-Rosanne Loshaw, Judy Lavigne
- Siblings: Matthew Lavigne, Michelle Lavigne
- Home town Greater Napanee, Ontario, Canada
- Website: avrillavigne.com, avrillavignefoundation.org
In November 2000, Ken Krongard, an A&R national team player, invited Antonio “L.A.” Reed, then a member of Arista Records, to producer Peter Zico’s Manhattan studio to hear Lavigne sing.
Her 15-minute audition so impressed Reed that he immediately signed with Arista for $ 1.25 million for two albums and an extra $ 900,000 for advertising. During this time, Lavigne discovered that she was comfortable with the skate school in her hometown, but even though she wanted to ride a skateboard, the school made her insecure.
With the contract she had, she devoted more time to her music career, but still had to inform her parents of that decision. “I would not cancel [the contract]. It has been my dream my whole life. “They knew how much I loved it and how much I invested in it.”
Lavigne released her debut album Let Go on June 4, 2002 in the United States, where she peaked at # 2 on the Billboard 200. The album peaked at # 1 on the Australian, Canadian and English charts.
This made Lavigne the youngest 17-year-old soloist to have a # 1 album in the United Kingdom at the time. In late 2002, the album received four platinum RIAA certifications, making Lavigne the best-selling female artist and Let Go best-selling debut album of the year.
By May 2003, Let Go had more than 1,000,000 sales in Canada, earning it a diamond certification from the Canadian Industrial Association. By 2009, the album had sold more than 16 million copies worldwide, and was awarded six times platinum certification by the RIAA.
Lavigne co-wrote “Breakaway” with Matthew Gerrard, which was recorded by Kelly Clarkson for the soundtrack to the 2004 film The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. “Breakaway” later appeared on Clarkson’s second album and was released as the album ‘s lead single. Lavigne sang Goo Goo Dolls ‘song “Iris” with Fashion Rocks lead singer John Rzeznik, and posed for Maxim’ s cover in October 2004.
She also recorded the track song for The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. “I made the song a little sharper,” Lavigne said. “There are a lot of loud guitars, we accelerated the pace and sang it with a bigger attitude.” Lavigne rearranged the song with the help of producer Bach Walker.
On February 26, 2006, Lavigne represented Canada at the closing ceremony of the Turin Olympics, performing her song “Who Knows” during the eighth minute in Vancouver.
While Lavigne was in the studio recording her third studio album, Fox Entertainment Group told her to write a song for the soundtrack to the 2006 film Eragon. She wrote two ballads, but only “Keep Holding On” was used in the film.
Lavigne admitted that writing the songs was a challenge for her because she wanted to make sure the music matched the film. She stated that “Keep Holding On”, which later appeared on the album, was not similar to the songs on the following album.
One month after completing The Best Damn Tour, Lavigne began recording her fourth studio album at her home studio in November 2008 with the song “Black Star“, which she wrote to promote the perfume of the same name. By July 2009, nine songs had been written for the new album, including “Fine“, “Everybody Hurts” and “Darlin“.
Several of the songs were written when Lavigne was young. “Darlin” was the second song Lavigne wrote as a 15-year-old girl while living in Napani, Ontario. Lavigne said the album was about “life“. She said, “It’s very easy for me to make an easy pop song, but to sit down and honestly write something close to me, something I’ve been through is a very different thing.”
The album is Lavigne’s return to her older style and acoustic music predominates. With the exception of the album’s lead single, What the Hell, Lavigne described the songs as different from her older material: “I’m older now and I think what comes from me is not just pop rock.”
Movies List of Avril Lavigne:
|Sabrina the Teenage Witch||2002|
|Saturday Night Live||2003|
|Going the Distance||2004|
|Saturday Night Live||2004|
|Fast Food Nation||2006|
|Over the Hedge||2006|
|Majors & Minors||2011|
Music Albums of Avril Lavigne:
- Let Go (2002)
- Under My Skin (2004)
- The Best Damn Thing (2007)
- Goodbye Lullaby (2011)
- Avril Lavigne (2013)
- Head Above Water (2019)
Music Tours of Avril Lavigne:
- Try To Shut Me Up Tour (2002–03)
- Bonez Tour (2004–05)
- The Best Damn World Tour (2008)
- Black Star Tour (2011–12)
- The Avril Lavigne Tour (2013–14)
- Head Above Water Tour (2019)