Avril Lavigne Biography

Avril Ramona Lavigne is a mufti-faceted Canadian singer-songwriter. This biography offers information about her childhood, career, achievements and timeline.

Avril Lavigne
Quick Facts

Birthday: September 27, 1984

Nationality: Canadian, French

Famous: Quotes By Avril Lavigne School Dropouts

Age: 34 Years, 34 Year Old Females

Sun Sign: Libra

Also Known As: Avril Ramona Lavigne

Born Country: Canada

Born in: Belleville

Height: 5'1" (155 cm), 5'1" Females


Spouse/Ex-: Deryck Whibley

father: John Lavigne

mother: Judy Lavigne

siblings: Matthew Lavigne, Michelle Lavigne

Personality: ISFP

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Avril Lavigne came to limelight at a very young age and was signed by Arista records when she turned 16. Her grungy pop-rock sound appealed to teens worldwide. The skater-girl combat trousers and unique look made her extremely popular with the American teens, who associated themselves with her. Best known for mixing Rock, Punk and a rebellious style, she appeared on stage along with Shania Twain as part of an award ceremony and grabbed attention. She also caught the eye of Peter Zizzo, an American songwriter/producer with her home video that featured her singing karaoke. Upon his invitation, this young talent joined him on a song writing trip to New York. Lavigne’s music career catapulted with her debut album ‘Let Go’ and she successfully established herself in the world of music with her sparkling performance. She earned great popularity and was consequently signed by Arista Records. This proved to be a huge boost to her music career, and soon mass appreciation followed and her dream of becoming a music sensation was within eyeshot. She enchanted the music loving audience with her second album ‘Under My Skin’, which went on to top the US Billboard. With her third album ‘The Best Damn Thing’ she proved she was here to stay and established her name with chart bursting scores.

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Avril Lavigne
Childhood & Early Life
  • Born in Belleville, Ontario Avril Ramona Lavigne grew up in the small town of Nappanee, Ontario, Canada.
  • Her French-Canadian parents John and Judy were devout Baptists. She was exposed to music by the age of two through her mother's church songs.
  • Until the age of 12, she was just a singer but soon started teaching herself guitar and also wrote lines which eventually grew into songs.
  • In 1998, Lavigne tasted success for the very first time and won a singing contest and appeared on stage, as part of her prize, alongside Shania Twain in Canada's capital, Ottawa.
  • In 1999, she was spotted by Cliff Fabri, who eventually became her first professional manager, while she was performing at a bookstore in Kingston, Ontario.
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  • In June 2002, ‘Let Go’, her first album was released and featured at no. 2 on the US Billboard 200 and peaked at the music charts in the UK, Canada and Australia.
  • In 2004, she came out with her second album ‘Under My Skin’. She wrote most of the songs with Canadian singer/songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk.
  • In 2005, she set out for her first world tour, titled, ‘Bonez Tour’, during which she performed in almost all the continents throughout the year.
  • In 2006, she sang her song ‘Who Knows’ at the closing ceremony of the Torino Olympics.
  • In 2007, she released her third album ‘The Best Damn Thing’. The single ‘Girlfriend’ from the album earned great popularity and rocked the music charts, peaking at no. 1 on the US Billboard.
  • Hard working and smart, she knew world tours would increase her visibility and popularity. In 2008, she went on her second world tour ‘The Best Damn Tour’ to promote her album.
  • In March 2011, her fourth album ‘Goodbye Lullaby’ was released by RCA records. The songs in this album were mostly written by her during her teenage years.
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  • Over the course of her four albums, Lavigne scored a string of international hit singles: ‘Complicated’, ‘Sk8er Boi’, ‘I’m With You’,‘Losing Grip’, ‘Don’t Tell Me’, ‘My Happy Ending’, ‘Nobody’s Home’, ‘Keep Holding On’, ‘Girlfriend’, ‘When You’re Gone’, ‘Hot’ and ‘The Best Damn Thing’.
  • ‘Girlfriend’ had its share of controversy and her co-writer and record label were sued by songwriters James Gangwer and Tommy Dunbar. They claimed that ‘Girlfriend’ had taken its melody from their own song released in 1979 - ‘I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend’. The case was eventually settled out of court.
  • The single from her much talked about self-titled fifth album ‘Here’s to never growing up’ was released in 2013.
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Major Works
  • Her debut single ‘Complicated’ shot her to great fame and she earned huge appreciation from the critics. It peaked at number one in Australia and was the best-selling Canadian singles of 2002.
  • ‘Girlfriend’, the single from her album ‘The Best Damn Thing’, was proclaimed as the most-downloaded track worldwide in 2007 by ‘The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry’. It went on to sell more than 7 million copies, with all the versions recorded in several languages.
Awards & Achievements
  • For the album ‘Let Go’ and the single ‘Complicated’ she received Grammy Awards nominations in 2003.
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  • For both ‘Let Go’ and ‘Complicated’, she won the Juno Award in 2003 in the categories, ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Single of the Year’ respectively.
  • In 2005, she again won the Juno Award for ‘Under my skin’ in ‘Pop Album of the Year’ category.
  • With her earnings soaring to $12 million dollars in December 2007, Forbes ranked her eight in the “Top 20 Earners under 25”.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • She was married to “Sum 41” front man, Deryck Whibley from 15 July 2006 to 16 November 2010.
  • In July 2013, she married fellow Canadian rocker Chad Kroeger, the front man of the band Nickelback.
  • An entrepreneur, she created a successful fashion and lifestyle brand, Abbey Dawn and two fragrances, Black Star and Forbidden Rose.
  • In 2006 she branched into film work and lent her voice to an animated character ‘Virginia Opossum’ from the film ‘Over the Hedge’.
  • ‘The Avril Lavigne Foundation’ is involved in raising awareness to mobilize support for ill and disabled children and youth.
  • This famous Canadian/French singer’s lifestyle brand ‘Abbey Dawn’ gets the name from her childhood nickname.
  • This prominent singer’s album ‘The ‘Best Damn Thing’ included the epic ballad ‘Keep Holding On’, which she wrote at the request of 20th Century Fox for the studio’s fantasy/adventure film, ‘Eragon’.

1. Over the Hedge (2006)

  (Family, Adventure, Comedy, Animation)

2. Fast Food Nation (2006)

  (Comedy, Drama, Romance)

3. The Flock (2007)

  (Mystery, Thriller, Drama, Crime)


ASCAP Film And Television Music Awards
2004 Most Performed Song from a Motion Picture Bruce Almighty (2003)
MTV Video Music Awards
2002 Best New Artist in a Video Avril Lavigne: Complicated (2002)

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