In the 1990s, Fergie joined forces with Stefanie Ridel and former Kids Incorporated cast member Renee Sands (also known as Renee Sandstrom) to form the pop group Wild Orchid. They released their first self-titled album in 1996, which spawned the modest hits “At Night I Pray,” “Talk to Me” and “Supernatural.” Their 1998 follow-up album, Oxygen, did not fair as well as their initial effort.
Fergie joined the Black Eyed Peas, an emerging hip-hop group with a popular following. Her first album with the group was 2003’s Elephunk, which became a huge smash driven by several successful singles, including “Where Is The Love?” (which also featured vocals by Justin Timberlake) and “Hey Mama.” The group won a Grammy Award for best rap performance by a duo or group for the song “Let’s Get It Started”—another hit from Elephunk.
The band, which also includes apl.de.ap, will.i.am and Taboo, have been on the fast track to international success since that career breakthrough. The 2005 follow-up album, Monkey Business, reached the top of the rap, R&B and hip-hop charts, and made it to No. 2 on the Billboard 200. Showing the diverse nature of their music, the group won the Grammy Award for best rap performance for “Don’t Phunk With My Heart” in 2005, and the Grammy for best pop performance for “My Humps” in 2006.
The Black Eyed Peas enjoyed another wave of chart success in 2009 with the release of The E.N.D. The recording reached the top of the Billboardalbum charts helped by such songs as “I Gotta Feeling” and “Boom Boom Pow.”
In 2006, Fergie fulfilled a dream she had since her Wild Orchid days – making her own solo album. With The Dutchess, she reached the top of the charts with such hits as “London Bridge,” “Glamorous” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.” Fergie shows off her ability to handle diverse styles and moods on the recording, from emotional ballads to hip-hop infused dance tracks to songs with reggae-flavored undertones.
Fergie has continued to pursue a solo career. She contribute the song “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)” to the Great Gatsby soundtrack in 2013. The following year, Fergie released the single “L.A. Love (La La).” Her follow-up album to the hugely successful The Dutchess is expected in 2016.
In addition to her music, Fergie has been recognized for her good looks. She was selected as one of People magazine’s “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” in 2004. In 2007, Fergie was featured in a series of advertisements for Candies, a shoes, clothing and accessories company. A big fan of fashion, Fergie has done more than just model. She also inked a deal to design two handbag collections for Kipling North America.
Returning to her acting roots, Fergie took on small roles in such films as Poseidon (2006) and Grindhouse (2007). She also appeared in the 2009 musical Nine with Daniel Day-Lewis, Penelope Cruz and Judi Dench.
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