nelly furtado
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  • Faith: Christian - Catholic
  • Career: Musician
  • Birthday:  December 02, 1978

Nelly Furtado is a songwriter and singer. She's sold over 45 million records, including 35 million in album sales worldwide, making her one of the most successful Canadian artists. Critics have noted Furtado's experimentation with genres and musical versatility. She first gained fame with her debut album "Whoa, Nelly!" in 2000, which was a commercial and critical success that spawned two top-10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, "Turn Off the Light" and "I'm Like a Bird."

"I’m Like a Bird” won her a Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. Furtado’s second album, “Folklore,” explored her Portuguese roots. Its singles received moderate success in Europe, but the album’s underperformance to her debut album was considered a sophomore slump. Furtado’s third album, “Loose,” was a smash hit and became her bestselling album, with over 10 million copies sold worldwide, also making it one of the bestselling albums of the 2000s.

The album, considered a radical image reinvention, spawned four successful number-one singles worldwide: “Maneater,” “Promiscuous,” “Say It Right,” and “All Good Things (Come to an End).” Her 2007 feature on Timbaland’s “Give It to Me” also topped the U.S. charts and overseas. Furtado’s critically acclaimed duet with James Morrison, “Broken Strings,” also topped the charts in Europe. In 2009, she released her first Spanish-language album, “Mi Plan,” which won her a Latin Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Album.

In 2012, Furtado released her fifth album, “The Spirit Indestructible.” She split with her management and went independent after that, releasing her sixth album, “The Ride,” in 2017 under her label, Nelstar Entertainment. She’s won many awards throughout her career, including one Grammy, one Latin Grammy, ten Juno Awards, one BRIT Award, one Billboard Music Award, one MTV Europe Music Award, one World Music Award, and three Much Music Video Awards. Furtado has a star on Canada’s Walk of Fame and was awarded the Commander of the Order of Prince Henry in 2014.

What religion is Nelly Furtado?

Furtado and her siblings were raised Roman Catholic. When she was four, she started performing and singing in Portuguese. Her first public performance was when she sang a duet with her mother at a church on Portugal Day. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Furtado said about church, “It was a big part of my life. Very exciting and colorful.”

She continued, “It was just so customary that I didn't really take the time to think about what everything meant besides the basics. I still believe in the Ten Commandments and the Seven Sins. It keeps me on the straight and narrow, though I get jealous of people sometimes who can just let go and give in to sin."

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