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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 2 December 1978Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Birth NameNelly Kim Neto Furtado
Height 5' 2½" (1.59 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Nelly Furtado was born on December 2, 1978 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada as Nelly Kim Neto Furtado. She has been married to Demacio Castellon since July 19, 2008.

Spouse (1)

Demacio Castellon (19 July 2008 - present)

Trivia (33)

Played eight dates on "the village stage" at Lilith Fair.
Formed (and an ex-member of) trip-hop group Nelstar.
Learned to play trombone and ukulele at age nine, keyboards at age 11 and began composing at age 13.
Is Canadian of Portuguese decent.
Speaks Portuguese fluently.
Sang a Hindi song named Kabhi Kabhie.
Voted one of the "Fun and Fearless Females" by Cosmopolitan Magazine (2002.)
Won "Best Pop Vocal, Female" Grammy for her song "I'm Like A Bird" (2002).
Daughter Nevis (named after the island on which she was conceived) born on September 20, 2003, in Toronto to Nelly and then boyfriend Jasper Gahunia (aka DJ Lil' Jaz).
(Nov 25th 2003) Second album "Folklore" released.
Parents are Maria Manuela Furtado and Antonio José Furtado. Has a sister, Lisa Anne Furtado, and a brother, Michael Anthony Furtado.
Her song "Força", in which she sang both English and Portuguese, was the official theme of the Euro 2004 (European Football Championships) in Portugal.
Ranked #58 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World" (2002)
Perhaps as a nod to her diverse influences, she was invited to open for U2 and perform on Moby's Area: One Tour alongside the techno-rocker.
She also scored some awards for her work, including Canadian Juno Awards for best new solo artist and best songwriter in 2001 and a Grammy in 2002 for best female pop performance ("Like A Bird.")
Graduated from Mount Douglas Secondary School in Victoria, B.C.
Was a heavy smoker during her teenage years.
Her third album "Loose" was released in June 2006 and reached #1 in US, Canadian and German charts. Four lead singles were released in four different regions of the world, and the "European" song "Maneater" became her first #1 in the UK single charts.
Her parents named her after Soviet gymnast Nellie Kim.
Will host the Juno Awards on April 1st, 2007 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Her father was a stonemason originally from Portugal. He couldn't speak English when he first came to Canada.
Her mother was a motel cleaner.
Ranked #26 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2007 list.
According to an MTV interview, she self-taught herself how to sing by listening to Mariah Carey albums.
Engaged to sound engineer Demacio 'Demo' Castellon [July 6, 2007].
Ranked #49 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2008 list.
Preparing 3rd Album "Loose" for Spring 2k6.

Has a role in the film "Nobody's Hero". [December 2005]
Come-back song from her new album 'Loose': 'Man-eater' reaches No. 1 in the British Charts [June 2006]
Released second song from her new album 'Promiscuous' with Timbaland [August 2006]
Announced her 2007 world tour, which will start in Canada.
Her middle name is Kim.
She was to star opposite Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan in the 2006 award wining film" Rang De Basanti ( Paint It Yellow). She declined the offer as she was very busy with her music career.

Personal Quotes (6)

I put pressure on myself to be musically fresh, which is different from being trendy or being current. I like a fusion of sounds, just as long as it's funky.
I remember being five years old and it being like there was an orchestra in my mind and there was this soundtrack playing. I didn't know where it was coming from, but it was there. What I'm saying is that I tried on the pop hat for awhile and it was fun. But I'm ready to try new things.
This idea that artists are always going to make the right choices and do the right thing is kind of a falsehood. That's what my songs are about. Falling down and getting back up again.
My long-term goal is to be independent, quite frankly. I got quite spoiled doing Mi Plan, and in the context of my English projects I've had a lot of creative freedom. It's quite addictive, that creative independence. You start to crave it more and more as you move forward.
I've come to my rose-colored nostalgia moment, where I'm celebrating home. It's taken many years to get to the point where I feel lucky.
[on working with producer Rodney Jerkins and his music] When you meet people like that, you've got to really deliver. I like feeling like that, like I've gotta hit it out of the park. Every time I pulled up to his studio, I felt like a little kid riding her bike over to a friend's house, saying, 'What are we going to play today?'I took the time to celebrate it. I knew that you can never recreate those moments. They happen once and they are gone.

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