Gwen Stefani (American Singer)
Gwen Stefani BIOGRAPHY
Gwen Stefani, whose full name is Gwen Renée Stefani, is an American singer-songwriter who was first recognised in the 1990s as the lead singer of the rock-ska band No Doubt before launching a solo career. She was born in Fullerton, California, on October 3, 1969.
Her father Dennis Stefani is Italian-American and worked as a Yamaha marketing executive. Her mother Patti (née Flynn) is Irish-American and worked as an accountant before becoming a homemaker. Stefani’s parents were fans of folk music and exposed her to music by artists like Bob Dylanand Emmylou Harris. Stefani has two younger siblings, Jill and Todd, and an older brother, Eric. Eric was the keyboardist for No Doubt before leaving the band to pursue a career in animation on The Simpsons.
She attended Loara High School, where she received her diploma in 1987. After graduating from high school, she attended California State University, Fullerton for less than a semester before leaving in 1987 to pursue a career in music.
No Doubt, a band that combined ska with new wave-style music, was founded by Stefani and her brother Eric when they were teenagers in Orange County, California. The band’s breakthrough came with its third album, Tragic Kingdom (1995), which topped the charts and featured the hit singles “Just a Girl,” “Spiderwebs,” and “Don’t Speak.” As the band’s success increased, the focus was largely on the fashionable Stefani, who stood out for her platinum blonde hair and fire-engine red lips. She also ventured out to work on recordings with techno artist Moby and rapper Eve.
2004 saw the release of Stefani’s debut solo album, Love.Angel.Music.Baby, following the breakup of No Doubt. With the help of artists like Dr. Dre, André 3000 (of OutKast), and the Neptunes, Stefani combined hip-hop attitude with dance-pop from the 1980s that was evocative of some of her first idols, such as Prince and Madonna. Love.Angel.Music.Baby achieved international popularity thanks to a number of hit tunes, including “Rich Girl,” “Hollaback Girl,” and “What You Waiting For?” Stefani’s four-woman Asian dancing gang, the Harajuku Girls, whose appearance was influenced by the outré fashion of Tokyo’s Harajuku area, were first seen in music videos and live performances in support of the album. Stefani made her feature film debut shortly after the album’s release by playing Jean Harlow in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator (2004), which focused on the life of Howard Hughes.
The Sweet Escape, Stefani’s second studio album, was made available in 2006. For the 2012 album Push and Shove, she later got back together with her No Doubt bandmates. This Is What the Truth Feels Like, Stefani’s third solo album, was released in 2016, and from 2018 to 2020 she performed in the Just a Girl residency in Las Vegas. She additionally made appearances as a coach on The Voice during this time (2014–15, 2017, 2019–20). The two started dating while Blake Shelton, a country artist, was a coach on the show. In 2021, they got hitched.
- Love. Angel. Music. Baby. (2004)
- The Sweet Escape (2006)
- This Is What the Truth Feels Like(2016)
- You Make It Feel Like Christmas(2017)
No Doubt discography
- No Doubt (1992)
- The Beacon Street Collection (1995)
- Tragic Kingdom (1995)
- Return of Saturn (2000)
- Rock Steady (2001)
- Push and Shove (2012
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