Stacy Ann Ferguson (born March 27, 1975), better known by her stage
name Fergie, is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, fashion designer, model,
and actress. She was a member of the kids' television series Kids Incorporated,
and the girl group Wild Orchid. Fergie was also a co-host of the television show
Great Pretenders. She is a vocalist for the hip hop/pop group the Black Eyed
Peas, as well as a solo artist, having released her debut album, The Dutchess,
in September 2006. The album spawned five Billboard Hot 100 top 5 singles (three
of which went to number one) making The Dutchess the seventh album from a female
artist to spawn five Top 5 hits.
Fergie was born in Hacienda Heights, California, the daughter of Terri Jackson (née Gore) and Patrick Ferguson. She has a younger sister, Dana Ferguson, who is an actress. Her parents are of Mexican, Irish, Scottish and Native American descent. The daughter of devout Catholic school teachers, she was raised in a suburban area with strict Roman Catholic values while attending Mesa Robles Middle school and Glen A. Wilson High School. Through dance school, her mom found her an agent and voice-over work, providing the voices for Sally in Peanuts cartoons. From 1984 to 1989, she spent summers performing chart hits on the TV show Kids Incorporated. All that time she was a cheerleader, straight-A student and a spelling bee champion, as well as a Girl Scout.
As a child actress, Fergie was on the television program Kids Incorporated for several years with her TV sister Renee Sands, who became a fellow member of Wild Orchid. Fergie was the voice of Sally Brown in two Charlie Brown specials: It's Flashbeagle, Charlie Brown (1984) and Snoopy's Getting Married, Charlie Brown (1985). She played Ann in Married... with Children (1994) "Nooner or Nothing".
In 2003, Fergie had a guest role on the Rocket Power special, Reggie's Big Beach Break, on Nickelodeon; she voiced a pop music star named Shaffika. In March 2005, casting for Revolution Studios's big-budget remake of John Carpenter's The Fog was underway. Fergie was set to return to acting in the role of lighthouse radio deejay Stevie Wayne (a part originated by scream queen Adrienne Barbeau). A last minute conflict arose, preventing her contract from closing and Fergie left the project. The role eventually went to Selma Blair. Fergie finally returned to acting in 2006, appearing as a lounge singer in Wolfgang Peterson's remake of The Poseidon Adventure. She later appeared in 2007's Grindhouse.
In November 2009, Ferguson's latest acting experience, Nine, will be released in cinemas.
Fergie married actor Josh Duhamel on January 10, 2009. They met, and began dating, in September 2004 when she and her band appeared on Duhamel's show Las Vegas (in an episode titled "Montecito Lancers", which aired on November 1, 2004). Fergie and Duhamel reside in Brentwood, California in a house that they purchased together in 2007.
In April 2007, she gave an interview in which she admitted that she went on a sex and drugs spree when she turned eighteen, saying: "I have had lesbian experiences in the past. I won't say how many men I've had sex with — but I am a very sexual person." In December 2007, when asked "Bisexuality and homosexuality are often either frowned or mocked upon in certain circles. Does that bother you?", she replied "No, it doesn’t bother me. I’m just me." In May 2009, Fergie spoke about her bisexuality in an interview with the British newspaper, The Sun.
Fergie has stated in several interviews that she is an avid user of hypnotherapy, which she used to overcome her crystal meth addiction and to relax.
Fergie was a member of the female trio Wild Orchid, which she fronted with Stefanie Ridel and fellow Kids Incorporated star Renee Sandstrom. Wild Orchid released two albums, but after completing a third album, their record label declined to release it, and she left the group shortly thereafter.
In 2003, the Black Eyed Peas were recording their third album, 2003's Elephunk, when will.i.am invited Fergie to try out for a song called "Shut Up". She got the gig and instantly bonded with the trio to record five additional songs on the album.
In the following spring, shortly before Elephunk came out, Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine had offered Fergie a permanent spot to take over vocal duties and fill the spot left void by background singer Kim Hill, who had left the group in 2000. When will.i.am was asked to sum up his bandmates, he called Fergie the "body" of the group.
After releasing her debut solo album, she and the Black Eyed Peas released their new song "Boom Boom Pow" in late March 2009 which went to Number 1 in the US charts.
After two successful Black Eyed Peas albums, Fergie began pursuing a solo career. She recorded two songs for the Poseidon soundtrack and performed "Auld Lang Syne" in the film.
Her debut solo album, The Dutchess, was released on September 19, 2006. The album's name is a misspelled variant of the former title of Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, with whom Fergie shares a surname and popular nickname. The solo deal does not mean Fergie is leaving the Black Eyed Peas, as she intends to remain with the group, alternating between the two duties. The album is similar in style to that of the Black Eyed Peas, as fellow Peas member will.i.am is the album's executive producer.
The Dutchess, a mix of pop and R&B songs, spawned six hits for Ferguson, beginning with "London Bridge", "Fergalicious", "Glamorous", "Big Girls Don't Cry", "Clumsy", and "Finally". "Big Girls Don't Cry" became Ferguson's first worldwide number-one single, and is her most successful single to date. Fergie scored her fifth consecutive Top 5 hit from The Dutchess after "Clumsy" reached a peak position of number five on the Billboard Hot 100.
In addition to promoting her albums and singles, Fergie appeared at Wembley Stadium on July 1, 2007, performing "Glamorous" and "Big Girls Don't Cry" in a concert for the late Princess Diana put on by her two sons Prince William and Prince Harry; the DVD of the concert was released November 5, 2007.
On November 18, 2007, Fergie won the Pop or Rock "Favorite Female Artist" at the American Music Awards. In addition, her song "Big Girls Don't Cry" also earned Fergie a Grammy nomination for "Best Female Pop Vocal Performance", which she lost to Amy Winehouse. In December 2007, Blender picked Fergie as their woman of the year.
During the 2008 broadcast of Idol Gives Back, Fergie also performed with Ann Wilson of Heart. The two (with Nancy Wilson on guitar) performed "Barracuda".
The song "Labels or Love" was recorded for the Sex and the City movie soundtrack. In an Entertainment Weekly interview, director and writer Michael Patrick King stated that "it’s an entirely new song with lyrics, but it has the Sex and the City theme as the DNA — on steroids.”
Fergie has also appeared on Nickelodeon's show Dance on Sunset. Fergie has recently released an EP for download on iTunes featuring unreleased singles. The CD version was released on May 27, 2008.
Fergie collaborated with Japanese singer Kumi Koda on the song "That Ain't Cool". "That Ain't Cool" was featured on Kumi's single "Moon", released on June 11, 2008. The single debuted at number two on the Oricon Weekly Single Charts. She also performed a "duet" with Michael Jackson (her vocals mixed with Jackson's 1982 recordings), "Beat It 2008" on Thriller 25, the 25th anniversary release of Jackson's iconic album Thriller. She also headlined the New Year's Eve party held at The Venetian and The Palazzo casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada on December 31, 2008.
Fergie will sing on Slash's solo album to be released in summer 2009.
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