Avril, AKA Abbey Dawn
Avril Ramona Lavigne (born 27 September 1984) is a legendary Canadian singer/songwriter who skated along with the skater culture to become a pop icon.
She remains at the top of the pop heap, so let's learn a little more about this pretty skater "gurl."
Avril was born in Belleville, Ontario and moved to small town Greater Napanee when she was five.
Avril's nickname is "Abbey Dawn." It was given to her by her father when she was a little girl, and then her friends started calling her that too.
Avril used the Abbey Dawn nick early in her career when she'd sign into hotels, so that the fans and press wouldn't know where she was.
Abbey Dawn also is the name of Avril's clothing line. It is sold at Kohl's in the U.S.
Her dad got that nickname when he was working in or around Kingston, Ontario (about 20 minutes from Napanee where she grew up) and saw it as the name of a road.
He apparently didn't even realize that the street was named after an old sanctuary nearby that was called 'Abbey Dawn', where creative people like poets, writers, musicians, and singers use to gather.
Avril is of French-Canadian extraction, and Avril holds a French passport
Avril got her start by winning a radio contest to perform with Shania Twain at the Corel Centre in Ottawa, before an audience of 20,000 people. The pair sang "What Made You Say That."
|Avril with a fan at a "meet and greet." These were very popular with devoted fans and typically happened before concerts.|
Avril sang on some albums from local artists thereafter.
Avril's big career break came when she was discovered that December by a talent manager, Cliff Fabri, while singing at a Chapters bookstore in Kingston, Ontario.
Fabri got the ball rolling by sending industry contacts some tapes of her singing in her parents' basement. This aroused immediate interest.
Mark Jowett of Nettwerk brought her to New York to work with Peter Zizzo, and Arista Records noticed her.
Antonio "L.A." Reid signed Avril to Arista in November 2000.
Avril dropped out of school at that point, after the 11th Grade. So, she never graduated from high school - unless she has gone back and gotten the Canadian equivalent of a G.E.D.
Avril's first album was "Let Go." The hit song was "Complicated," which she produced with The Matrix.
"Let Go" hit No. 2 on the US album charts and was the top-selling debut of the year.
"Complicated" peaked at No. 2 in the US, too. It was a huge hit, marked by Avril's distinctive song delivery and unique "Skater gurl" outfit, and is the performance by which many people remember her.
"Let Go" has sold well over 16 million units worldwide, including about 7 million in the US. It remains Avril's top-selling album.
Avril was nominated for eight Grammy Awards for "Let Go" and "Complicated."
Avril's second album was "Under My Skin" in 2004. It sold ten million copies worldwide, showing that "Let's Go" was not a fluke.
Avril wrote most of the "Under My Skin" tracks with Chantal Kreviazuk.
Avril's biggest hit was "Girlfriend," a No. 1 hit in the US from her next album, "The Best Damn Thing." That album sold six million units, another phenomenal performance. Avril's subsequent albums, "Goodbye Lullaby" (2011) and "Avril Lavigne" (2013) also were very successful, with the former moving 1.3 million units.
Avril contributed the song "Alice" for Tim Burton's "Alice in Wonderland" in 2010, a movie which grossed a billion dollars.
Avril is very interested in fashion design. Her Abbey Dawn line is designed by Avril herself, and reflects her skater girl attitude.
Avril has been involved with numerous charities, such as Amnesty International and Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Avril has many tattoos, many of which she got as matching tattoos with friends.
Some of her tattoos are, shall we say, "risqué." Among her tamer ones is an "Abbey Dawn" tattoo on her left forearm.
Avril was married to Sum 41 lead vocalist/rhythm guitarist Deryck Whibley on 15 July 2006 They were divorced in November 2010.
Avril dated Brody Jenner from 2010 to 2012, and even had his name tattooed on her torso.
Avril dated and then married Chad Kroeger of Nickelback from 2012, but they separated in 2015.
Avril has disclosed that she suffers from Lyme disease, but she is recovering.
Avril has sold more than 50 million singles and 30 million albums.
Billboard Magazine ranked Avril at No. 10 for the 2000s as a pop artist, and No. 28 in terms of total record sales.
Avril's first video, for "Complicated," cost over $1 million to produce.
Avril's little sister, Michelle, appeared in her "Sk8er Boi" video.
Avril's song "Losing Grip" is about an ex-boyfriend.
Avril's song "Slipped Away" is about the death of her grandfather.
Avril is the middle child of her parents' three children.
Avril is self-taught on the guitar.
Avril voiced the character of Snow White in "Charming" (2017). It is unclear whether this is opening an entirely new career path for Avril, but whatever direction she follows, she is sure to be a great success.