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Avril Lavigne Biography - Why You Have to Love Avril

Updated on June 3, 2012

Avril Lavigne at A Glance

Who is Avril Lavigne? A musician? A singer? A song writer? An actress? Or all of them? Yes, all of them. She is even a fashion designer and a philanthropist as well. What a "wow" she is. Her fourth album, as the latest one is Goodbye Lullaby with the hit song What The Hell. She even has her own perfume brand. About her love life, she has divorced from Deryck Whibley and now is in relationship with Brody Jenner. That's Avril Lavigne at a glance, time to dig more about her, how she started, her origin, her journey to be a superstar, etc.

Avril Lavigne's Basic Information

Biography of Avril Lavigne

Let's go for the general information first. Her full name is actually Avril Ramona Lavigne with Av or Avie as her nicknames. She was born in Belleville, Ontario, Canada on September 27, 1984 and her parents are Jean-Claude and Judith-Rosanne Lavigne, French-Canadians. Although she was born in Bellevile, she spent most of her youth days in a small town, Napanee. Matthew E. Levine is her older brother and she also has a younger sister named Michelle Lavigne who appeared in Sk8er Boi video. Her natural hair color is brown, her height is 5' 1" (1.55 m), but don't ask me about her weight because I don't know. About her school life, in 2000 she dropped out of high school when she was 16 after the 11th grade. This was because she wanted to secure a record deal. At the moment, she has already released four albums: Let Go, Under My Skin, The Best Damn Thing, and Goodbye Lullaby. That's a brief general biography of Avril Lavigne. Let's talk about how she started her music journey. See how talented she is and hopefully can inspire you to chase your dreams. Not only follow.

The Beginning of Avril Lavigne's Music Journey

Biography of Avril Lavigne

Judy, Avril's mother, was the first person who recognized Avril's talent of singing. It was when Judy sang "Jesus Loves Me" with two-years-old-Avril in church. Different from her mother, Matthew and Michelle always teased Avril when she was singing. "My brother used to knock on the wall because I used to sing myself to sleep and he thought it was really annoying", Avril said. Then came the time when she with the whole family moved to Napanee. It was when she was 5 years old. But she wasn't really good at school. Sometimes she kicked out of class for misbehaveing. However, her parents were and are really supportive of her music. They made a basement studio with a microphone, a keyboard, a drum kit, and some guitars. She started to learn singing and playing the instruments.

In 1996, she was taken to karaoke sessions by heer parents, perform at local fairs, and even Canadian Tire celebration. The songs she sang were songs by the Dixie Chicks, Garth Brooks, and Shania Twain. She also started writing her own songs, with her straigh-talking lyrics and high-spirited melodies. Her first song, which she described as "cheesy cute", was titled "Can't Stop Thinking About You" and was about a teenage crush.

In 1998, she won a radio contest and sang with Shania Twain, along with another Canadian singers at the Corel Theatre, which is now Scotiabank Place, with the audience more than 20.000 people. After singing "What Made You Say That" with Shania Twain, Avril told her that she was going to be a famous singer.

In 1999, a local folk singer, Stephen Medd, invited Avril to contribute vocals on his song, "Touch the Sky", for his 1999 album, Quinte Spirit. In this year as well, Avril met her first professional manager, Cliff Fabri, who spotted her singing country covers at Chapter bookstore in Kingston, Ontario. Cliff Fabri sent VHS tapes which were recorded in the basement studio to several music industries, and was visited by some executices.

In 2000, a co-founder of the Canadian management firm Nettwerk, Mark Jowett, also received a VHS tape. He was the one who arranged Avril to work with Peter Zizzo in New York during summer in 2000. The song "Why?" was written in the trip to New York. In November this year, Avril signed a $1.25 million contract with Arista Records. It was after Antonio "L.A." Reid invited by Ken Krongard, an A&R representative, to the studio of Peter Zizzo's in Manhattan. Reid was so impressed with Avril's 15-minutes audition. The cotract was for two albums and an extra $900.000 for publihing advance. Arista provided her her with country music to record, but after working for about 6 months long with co-writers, it became more obvious that Avril enjoyed rock more than country. After that, she ditched the setup and moved to LA. Her parents knew how she wanted this and how much she has put into it so that they agreed to let Avril drop out of her high school for giving more attention to her music career. Also in 2000 , she sang "Temple of Life" and "Two Rivers" as Stephen Medd's follow-up album, My Window to You.

First Album - Let Go

Biography of Avril Lavigne

In 2002, finally she released her first album Let Go, with her picture in her skater pants. It was on 4 June 2002 in the U.S., to be exact. It then reached #2 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Australian, Canadian, and United Kingdom charts. This album brought her to be the bestselling female artist of 2002 and the album, Let Go, to be the third biggest-selling album of 2002. She was 17 years old at that time, though. That was why she was the youngest female soloist to have a #1 album in the UK until that time. RIAA certified her album four times by the end of 2002. Avril's debut single, as well as this album's hit song, "Complicated", was at #1 in Australia and #2 in U.S. in 2002. "Complicated" was also featured in a teen television show, Dawson's Creek and ranked at #83 on the Hot 100 Singles of the Decade list. "Sk8er Boi" and "I'm With You" were also in the U.S. top ten singles list. because of those first three singles, Avril was the second artist to have three # songs from one debut album on the Billboard Mainstream Top 40 in history. Not only the song, the "Complicated" music video also brought her to be the Best New Artist in the MTV Video World Music Award for "World's Bestselling Canadian Singer" and was also nominated for 8 Grammy Awards. In this exact year as well, she made a cameo appearance in the music video to "Hundred Million" by Treble Charger. What an awesome year she had.

In 2003, Avril was the cover for Rolling Stone Magazine, March edition. In May, Let Go sales was accumulated for more than 1.000.000 copies in Canada only and received a diamond certification from the Canadian Recording Industry Association. In May as well, she performed "Fuel" during MTV's Icon tribute to Metallica. If you like to play The Sims, you should know that Avril Lavigne is one of the non-playable celebrity in The Sims: Superstar. She was featured in this year.

Second Album - Under My Skin

Biography of Avril Lavigne

In 2004, Avril's second album was released. A sophomore success as a result for a serious taken record by Avril which was sold over 10 million copies. Boom! To be precise, this album, Under My Skin was released on May 25, 2004. The debut was at #1 in Australia, Canada, U.S., Mexico, Japan, U.K., and some other countries. She wrote most of the songs with Chantal Kreviazuk, also a Canadian singer-song writer, and was co-produced with Chantal's husband, Raine Maida, who was a front man in Our Lady Peace, along with Butch Walker and Don Gilmore. Avril promoted her album by going on the twenty-one city mall tour in the U.S. and Canada, accompanied by Evan Taubenfeld as her guitarist. They always performed some songs from the album in acoustic version. Avril started her first world tour, called the Bonez Tour, which lasted for about a year long, with stopovers in almost every continent.

The song "Breakaway" by Kelly Clarkson was written by Matthew Gerard with Avril as the co-writer. This song then used to be the soundtrack of The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Another movie she was involved was The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie. She made the theme song to be more edgy. She rearranged the song with a help of producer Butch Walker. She put a lot of loud guitars and picked up the tempo. She also covered "Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls at Fashion Rocks. She performed with John Rzeznik, the and's lead singer. After being a cover for Rolling Stone magazine last year, this year, she was the cover for Maxim magazine, October 2004 edition.

Talking about the Under My Skin singles, "Don't Tell Me" was the first one and was released in February 2004. This song reached the top five in the UK and Canada, the top ten in Australia and Brazil, and went to #1 in Argentina and Mexico. The lead single, "My Happy Ending", which was released in July 2004, it reached the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 in U.S., and went to #1 in the Mainstream Top 40 to be her fourth-biggest hit there, went to #1 in Mexico and the top five in the UK and Australia. The third single of this album is "No Body's Home", which was released in October 2004, reached #1 only in Mexico and Argentina. Avril won two World Music Awards for "World's Best Pop/Rock Artist" and "World's Bestselling Canadian Artist". In June, Avril went on a vacation with her new boyfriend, Deryck Whibley, the lead singer for the punk-pop band, Sum 41, also a fellow Canadian and former Paris Hilton beau. At this time, Avril was 19 and Deryck was 24 years old.

In 2005, her fourth single off her second album, "He Wasn't", was released. It was in March 2005. It reached the top 40 in U.K and Australia and wasn't released in U.S. In Juno Award, she received five nominations and picked up three of them. One of the award was "Artist of the Year". At the eighteenth annual Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, she won the award for "Favorite Female Singer" and was nominated in each and every MTV Award show. In April 2005, another single of this album, "Fall to Pieces", was released. Also in this year, in October, she planned her her upcoing marriage to Deryck Whibley.

In 2006, Harper's Bazaar and People's 50 Most Beautiful People spreaded Avril's new appearances with her softened skater image. "When you go from 17 to 21, you change a lot. Every girl does. I'm just growing up", quoted from what Avril said to People's magazine. Canada had Avril Lavigne as the representation in closing ceremony of the Torino Olympics on 26 February. In this ceremony she performed "Who Knows" during the eight minute Vancouver 2010 portion. One day, when she was in her studio, working on her third album, Fox Entertainment Group approached her to write a song for the film Eragon as a soundtrack. Actually, she wrote 2 songs, ballad type ones, but only "Keep Holding On" was used for the film. She said that it was challenging to write a song which could go along with the film.

In July 15th, Avril was married to Derick Whibley. She wore a custom-made ivory strapless Vera Wang gown with a long veil. The ceremony was an outdoor ceremony, at a private estate in Montecito, Calif. Their first dance song was "Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls.

Third Album - The Best Damn Thing

Biography of Avril Lavigne

In 2007, 17 April, she finally released her third album The Best Damn Thing. Amazingly "Girlfriend", her first single from this new album reached the top of Billboard Hot 100 in the same exact week the album debuted. It was at #1 on the 200 Billboard chart, #1 in Canada, Australia, Italy, and Japan and reached #2 in the U.K. and France. Another proof how awesome this "Girlfriend" single track, it was recorded in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Japanese, and Mandarin. Wow! "Girlfriend" ranked on the Hot 100 Singles of the Decade list at #94. "Girlfriend" was ranked by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry as the most downloaded track worldwide in 2007, including the versions recorded in eight different languages. The Best Damn Thing was sold for more than 7.3 million copies. Unfortunately, The Rubinoos sued Avril in July, claiming that "Girlfriend" ripped off their song "I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend" which was released in 1979. Avril denied all the claims and finally exonerated by the songwriters in 2008.

The second single from this album, "When You're Gone", went to be #3 in UK, reached the top 5 in Australia and Italy, the top 10 in Canada, and it was pretty close to be in the top 20 in U.S. chart. For the third single, Avril released "Hot" but only reached #95 in the U.S chart, made top 10 in Canada and top 20 in Australia. Apparently her creativity is not only in music. She collaborated with artist Camilla D'Errico and a writer, Joshua Dysart on a two-volume graphic novel where she was featured, titled Avril Lavigne's Make 5 Wishes. This was about Hana, a shy gir who learned to overcome her fears after meeting Avril, her hero. Avril said, "I know that many of my fans read manga, and I'm really excited to be involved in creating stories that I know they will enjoy." On April 10th, these manga books were released, only one week to the release of her third album, and in July. Young Adult Library Services then nominated these series for "Great Graphic Novels for Teens". All of these achievements gave her a great earnings to be ranked in the Forbes at #8 "Top 20 Earners Under 25" for her annual earnings in December 2007 of $12 million.

In 2008, she had another world tour for her third album, named the same as that album. It was in March 2008, when she was in Maxim magazine cover for the second time. Another problem appeared in her world tour. Her show in Kuala Lumpur was almost banned because of a Malaysia's Islamic opposition party judged her stage moves were too sexy. It was because her concert was on August 29th, a couple of days before Malaysia's independence day on August 31st, so that the concert was regarded promoting wrong values. But fortunately, MTV reported on August 21st, 2008 that Malaysian government had approved the concert.

Fourth Album - Goodbye Lullaby

Biography of Avril Lavigne

Avril's is so competitive. Only one month after her The Best Damn Tour, in November 2008 she began the recording of a new song "Black Star". This song was written to support the promotion of her first perfume under the same exact name.

In 2009, she has finished recording 9 tracks for another album. What's intereting is that some of the songs were written long time ago when she was still living in Napanee. A song titled "Darlin" was the second song she wrote, written when she was 15 years old. That's why Avril described this album was about "life". Avril said, "It's so easy for me to do a boy-bashing pop song, but to sit down and write honestly about something that's really close to me, something I've been through, it's a totally different thing." She also desribed that the songs in the album had different material from the earlier ones. Also in this year, on September 17th, Avril and Deryck were divorced on good terms. But they are still good friends and will work together in Avril's new album, including the song in Alice in Wonderland.

In 2010, Avril worked with Disney while writing and recording for her new album. She wrote two songs for Alice in Wonderland, which were"Alice" as the song in the end credit and "Almost Alice" which was used in the film. That was all finished in January. On February 28th, Avril performed at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics closing ceremony with her song "My Happy Ending" and "Girlfriend". Although she performed at the ceremony, she regretted she couldn't attend the U.S. vs. Canada hockey match because of security purposes. She wasn't allowed to leave the trailer. Avril's third single from her debut album, "I'm With You", was sampled by Rihanna in September on the track "Cheers (Drink to That)". This track is feature on Loud, Rihanna's 5th studio album.

Anyway, her latest album, Goodbye Lullaby, were postponed several times. She said, it was because she wrote her own music so that it took her longer to put out records because she had to live her life to get the inspiration. Maxim magazine, the November 2010 edition, had Avril revealed the Goodbye Lullaby which spent 2,5 year to complete, instead of one year. "What the Hell", as the lead single, premiered on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve on December 31st amd the album was scheduled to be released on March 8th. In the end of the year, "Dancing Crazy" by n American singer Miranda Cosgrove was released, which was written by Avri Lavigne, Max Martin and Shellback. Avril also got a new boyfriend in this year. He is Brody Jenner, from The Hills. They don't hesitate to show affection at clubs or in twitter.

Avril Lavigne CDs/DVDs

Which album of hers do you like most?

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      Firdaus92 5 years ago

      Ahh.. i love Avril.. speaking of which, i like all of her albums.. hehe

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: me too .

      i love her song

      since i darjah 1..

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Since i was 9th years old. i've been a fan of Avril.Love her song so much.wish can meet her.xD

      Aqif(Malaysian)

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      BryanLSC 6 years ago

      Goodbye Lullaby is not bad. Don't really like Best Damn Thing. Under My Skin and Let Go are equally good, in different ways. Final verdict - Let Go. It's her debut album and it's full of upbeat songs!

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      Infact 6 years ago

      Love, love Avril Lavigne!

      Will be buying her new album, great lens!

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      JanezKranjski 6 years ago

      The Best Damn Thing is my favorite. I like her edgy songs.

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      tiff0315 6 years ago

      I love so many of her songs, can't pick just one. She is so beautiful and talented! Really great job on this lens!