The pop-punk princess Avril Lavigne celebrates her birthday on September 27. Born in Ontario, Canada, Avril was named after the French word for April by her father, Jean-Claude. He and Lavigne’s mother, Judith Rosanne, recognized Avril’s singing talent when she was two years old, singing “Jesus Loves Me” on the way home from church. Avril’s parents supported her singing from that point onward, with her father purchasing her a microphone, a drum kit, a keyboard, and several guitars — he even converted their basement into a studio. When she was 14, her parents took her to karaoke sessions.
Avril’s Start To The Music Industry
The “Complicated” singer performed at country fairs, singing songs by Garth Brooks, the (Dixie) Chicks, and Shania Twain. She began writing her own songs. Her first one was about a teenage crush titled “Can’t Stop Thinking About You.” In 1999, Lavigne won a radio contest to perform with fellow Canadian singer Shania Twain in front of an audience of 20,000 people. Twain and Lavigne sang Twain’s “What Made You Say That.” At the end of the year, Avril was discovered by her first professional manager while singing country covers at a bookstore in Kingston. Avril made her way to New York and had an audition in front of L.A. Reid, who was head of Arista Records at the time. Reid was apparently “so impressed” that he immediately signed her to the record label with a deal worth $1.25 million for two albums and an extra $900,000 for a publishing advance.
With her skater and punk rock look, it was hard for the record label to find co-writers that fit Avril’s unique sound. After many failed collaborations, they finally found a good fit when she went to Los Angeles in 2001.At just 17 years old, Avril’s album went no. 1 on the UK Albums Chart at the time, being the youngest female soloist to do so.
Take a look below at our ten favorite Avril Lavigne songs: