Gwen Stefani Biography
Gwen Stefani (born October 3, 1969) is an American singer, songwriter, fashion designer, and occasional actress. Stefani made her debut in 1992 as the frontwoman of the pop–rock band No Doubt. The release of the group's second album Tragic Kingdom (1995) propelled them to stardom and it sold more than fifteen million copies worldwide. It spawned the singles "Just a Girl", "Spiderwebs", and the airplay number-one "Don't Speak". The band's popularity went into decline with Return of Saturn (2000), but Rock Steady (2001) introduced reggae production into their music, which was generally well-received.
Stefani recorded her first solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. in 2004. The album contains pop and dance records and influence from hip hop and R&B. Its third single "Hollaback Girl" became the first U.S. digital download to exceed sales of one million and "Cool" was one of 2005's most popular radio singles.
The Sweet Escape, Stefani's second solo album, will be released on December 5, 2006 in North America and on December 4 elsewhere. The album's first single is "Wind It Up".
Gwen Stefani was born in Fullerton, California, but grew up in Anaheim. Her father, Dennis Stefani, is Italian American, and her mother Patti Flynn is of Irish and Scottish descent. She has a sister, Jill, and two brothers, Eric and Todd. Jill appeared in No Doubt's "Just a Girl" music video. Gwen attended California State University, Fullerton, and Loara High School (class of 1987), where she was on the swim team and marching band. Gwen's best friend growing up was current band member Becky DelliCarpini. The two are still inseperable. Her first job was scrubbing floors at a Dairy Queen, and she once worked at the makeup counter of a department store. Her brother Eric was the keyboardist for No Doubt, but eventually left the band to pursue a career in animation on The Simpsons. Other members of the group include Tom Dumont, Tony Kanal, and drummer Adrian Young. Stefani had a 7 year relationship with the band's bassist Tony Kanal. The relationship was kept a secret from the band for a while. Unfortunately, Stefani already had the image of marriage in mind, which scared Tony, and eventually they broke it off. Through this difficult time, Stefani went through a period of depression and began to write her own songs. Thus, the birth of their third album Tragic Kingdom. Most of the CD is written about Tony through her time of heartbreak, eventually resulting in one of their most successful CDs. Stefani's breakthrough came in 1995.
Gwen stefani has had a total of three weddings, which were held in the UK, U.S. and one with close family and friends only.
In December 2005 Stefani and Rossdale announced that they were expecting their first child together, the pregnancy being announced during a concert in Fort Lauderdale, United States. During an August 8, 2005 appearance on the radio show Loveline, Rossdale said that he and Stefani preferred to keep their relationship entirely out of the media. He commented that he grew up in a chaotic home, and stated that having a stable environment for his family was important to him. On May 26, 2006, their son, Kingston James McGregor Rossdale, was born at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Kingston weighed 7 pounds 5 ounces (3.4 kilograms) and was born by caesarean section due to breech presentation.
Stefani has been quoted as saying that she and Madonna share a common Italian relative. Stefani claimed that her great aunt married a man from Detroit, Michigan (the area of Michigan that Madonna is from) with the last name "Ciccone."