Gwen Stefani

Gwen Rene Stefani is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and actress. She is the cofounder and lead vocalist of the rock band No Doubt. During the bands hiatus, Stefani embarked on a solo career in 2004 by releasing her debut studio album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Inspired by pop music from the 1980s, the album was met with both critical and commercial success. It spawned three major worldwide hit singles What You Waiting For, Rich Girl, and Hollaback Girl, the latter becoming the first US download to sell one million copies. In 2006 Stefani released her second studio album The Sweet Escape. The album produced two successful singles Wind It Up and the albums title track The Sweet Escape. Including her work with No Doubt, Stefani has sold more thanmillion albums worldwide. Her third solo album This Is What the Truth Feels Like was released in March 2016 and became her first solo number one album on the Billboard 200.

Stefani was born on October 3, 1969, in Fullerton, California, and raised Roman Catholic in Anaheim, California. She was named after a stewardess in the 1968 novel Airport, and her middle name, Rene, comes from The Four Tops 1968 cover of The Left Bankes 1966 hit song Walk Away Rene. Her father, Dennis Stefani, is Italian American and worked as a Yamaha marketing executive. Her mother, Patti , is of Irish, Scottish and Norwegian descent, and worked as an accountant before becoming a housewife. Gwens parents were fans of folk music and exposed her to music by artists like Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris. She is the second oldest of four children she has a younger sister, Jill a younger brother, Todd and an older brother, Eric. Eric was the keyboardist for No Doubt, but left the band to pursue a career in animation on The Simpsons.

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