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31 March 2009

Avril Lavigne

Name : Avril Lavigne
Birth Name : Avril Ramona Lavigne
Date of Birth : September 27, 1984
Place of Birth : Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Occupation : Singer, Songwriter, Guitarist, Actress, Model
Genre(s) : Modern rock, Pop rock, Teen Pop, Punk Pop, Post-grunge, Alternative rock
Inst.(s) : Vocals, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Drums
Height : 5' 3''
Nationality : Canadian
Nickname : Avie
Avril Lavigne, actually Avril Ramona Lavigne, was born on September 27, 1984 in Belleville, Ontario to conservative Franco-Ontarian Christian parents John and Judy Lavigne, Avril grew up in Napanee. her name is of French origin, she herself does not speak French and her name is pronounced in an anglicized way, more or less as "La-veen" (although, actual pronunciation should be "La-Vine"). Her first name, Avril, means "April" in French and is pronounced "Av-reel" (anglicized "Ahv-ril"). at the age of five. It was in Napanee that she sang country music and in a church choir and taught herself to play guitar. Avril Lavigne was discovered by her first professional manager, Cliff Fabri, while singing country covers at a Chapters bookstore in Kingston, Ontario. During a performance with the Lennox Community Theatre, Avril was spotted by Steve Medd, a local folksinger, who invited her to perform vocals on his song Touch The Sky for his 1999 album Quinte Spirit. Suitably impressed, he invited her back to perform vocals on Temple Of Life and Two Rivers for his followup album, My Window To You in 2000. By the age of sixteen, Avril Lavigne was signed by Ken Krongard, the artists-and-repertoire (A&R) representative of Arista Records, who invited his boss, Arista head Antonio "L.A." Reid, to hear her sing in a New York City studio. She then completed work on her first album.Avril Lavigne is a Canadian pop punk singer/songwriter and actress who is well known for her "skater punk" persona. Her two albums to date, Let Go (2002) and Under My Skin (2004), have topped the charts in numerous countries.
Avril Lavigne described her first album, Let Go, as a pop album with "a couple of rock songs on it", and has indicated a desire to write more rock-oriented songs in the future. It was released by Arista on June 4, 2002 in the United States.Avril Lavigne the youngest female solo act ever at the time to have a number-one album in the UK.The media have often compared Avril Avril Lavigne to Alanis Morissette (one of her favourite artists alongside Coldplay and The Goo Goo Dolls), who is also Canadian, as well as singer-songwriters such as Vanessa Carlton and Michelle Branch, who emerged at about the same time and were popularly credited, with Avril Lavigne, as part of a trend towards more genuine creativity in the teen pop-music market. Avril Lavigne was named "Best New Artist" at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards.
She formerly traveled with a bag full of about thirty neck ties. Some of them she bought, and the rest of them she took from her father and some were sent to her by fanmail. but Lavigne stopped wearing neckties completely in 2003, as she was horrified at the constant media references to them overshadowing her music and that she was starting a fashion trend amongst her fans.
She wrote most of the album with Canadian singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, though some tracks were co-written by Lavigne and Ben Moody (formerly of Evanescence.Avril Lavigne won two World Music Awards in 2004 for World's Best Pop/Rock Artist and World's Best Selling Canadian Artist. She received five Juno Award nominations in 2005, picking up three including, Fan Choice Award, Artist of the Year and Pop Album of the Year. She also won the award for Favourite Female Singer at the eighteenth Annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.

Avril Lavigne is also acting in the Richard Gere film The Flock, and her third project is Fast Food Nation, based on her favourite book. Her co-stars in the film include Patricia Arquette, Bobby Cannavale, Ethan Hawke and Greg Kinnear. In January 2006, Lavigne signed a contract with Ford Models.She appear on the February edition of Harpers Bazaar Fashion Magazine with a new look. She sing at the closing ceremony of the 2006 Winter Olympics (Turin, Italy) for the eight minutes of the Vancouver 2010 portion. Her third album is released during the middle of 2006.
Current Member :
* Al Berry ( bass guitar, backing vocals )
* Rodney Howard ( drums, percussion, backing vocals)
* Stephen Anthony Ferlazzo Jr. ( electronic keyboard, backing vocals)
* Jim McGorman ( rhythm guitar, backing vocals )
* Devin Bronson ( lead guitar, backing vocals)
* Charlie Williams ( backing vocals, dancer )
* Andrew Ford ( backing vocals, dancer)