Gwen Stefani is an American singer, songwriter, actress, and record producer.
She is a co-founder and the lead vocalist of the band No Doubt.
The band singles are “Just a Girl”, “Spiderwebs”, and “Don’t Speak”, from their 1995 breakthrough studio album Tragic Kingdom, as well as “Hey Baby” and “It’s My Life” from later albums.
- Full name: Gwen Renée Stefani
- Born: 3 October 1969, Fullerton, California, United States
- Profession: American singer
- Spouse: Gavin Rossdale (m. 2002–2016)
- Children: Kingston Rossdale, Apollo Bowie Flynn Rossdale, Zuma Nesta Rock Rossdale
- Music group: No Doubt (Since 1986)
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About Gwen Stefani
Gwen Renée Stefani was born on 3 October 1969, in Fullerton, California, United States. She raised Catholic in nearby Anaheim, California.
She was named after a stewardess in the 1968 novel Airport, and her middle name, Renée, comes from The Four Tops’ 1968 cover of The Left Banke’s 1966 song “Walk Away Renée”.
Her father, Dennis Stefani, is Italian-American and worked as a Yamaha marketing executive. Her mother, Patti (née Flynn), worked as an accountant before becoming a housewife.
Stefani’s parents were fans of folk music and exposed her to music by artists like Bob Dylan and Emmylou Harris. Stefani has two younger siblings, Jill and Todd, and an older brother, Eric.
Eric was the keyboardist for No Doubt before leaving the band to pursue a career in animation on The Simpsons. She worked at ice cream parlor Dairy Queen.
During the band’s hiatus, Stefani embarked on a solo pop career in 2004 by releasing her debut studio album Love. Angel. Music. Baby. Inspired by pop music from the 1980s, the album was a critical and commercial success.
It spawned six singles, including “What You Waiting For?”, “Rich Girl”, “Hollaback Girl”, and “Cool”. “Hollaback Girl” reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart while also becoming the first US download to sell one million copies.
In 2006, Stefani released her second studio album, The Sweet Escape. Among the singles were “Wind It Up” and “The Sweet Escape”, the latter of which was number three on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end chart of 2007.
Her third solo album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like (2016), was her first solo album to reach number one on the Billboard 200 chart.
Stefani has won three Grammy Awards. As a solo artist, she has received an American Music Award, Brit Award, World Music Award, and two Billboard Music Awards.
In 2003, she debuted her clothing line L.A.M.B. and expanded her collection with the 2005 Harajuku Lovers line, inspired by Japanese culture and fashion.
During this time Stefani performed and made public appearances with four back-up dancers known as the Harajuku Girls.
She was married to British musician Gavin Rossdale from 2002 to 2016 and they have three sons. Billboard magazine ranked Stefani the 54th most successful artist and 37th most successful Hot 100 artist of the 2000–2009 decade.
VH1 ranked her 13th on their “100 Greatest Women in Music” list in 2012. Including her work with No Doubt, Stefani has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide.